Monday, August 15, 2011

Whats been going on...


Hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation. It 's been really great but as usual gone really fast.

Personally it's been extra hectic for me. I have written and re-written this post 10 times in trying to get my thoughts down.

So this summer I found out I have a serious disease. It is NOT cancer and is not life-threatening but there is no cure and my life & how I do things will be forever changed.

I am not ready to reveal anymore about it except that my reason for bringing it up at all is that after I sought a second opinion with a specialist she basically told me that in making the changes I have made in the past couple of years I have been "self-medicating" in so much as I have warded off symptoms and issues due to 1. BMI being below 30, 2. cholesterol is great, 3. I do not smoke , 4. I exercise faithfully.

She said she literally could not tell me anything else to do! I was doing it and living it.

I have said before I great I feel and how happy I am in myself and in my life but now I feel like I have even MORE motivation to stay the course. In the past (5 years ago) I did lose a lot, and then gained it back. I have never come this far before, or felt this way. Even before this interruption in my life, I just feel different. I am trying to 'eat to live' rather then 'live to eat'. I know that eating well and exercising every day is adding life to my years. And it is so worth it. If I can tell anyone advice it would be "don't put it off, start today!" I will still need to start taking medicine that I most likely will be on for the rest of my life, but I am not going to let that rule my life.

So on another note, I am 27 lbs away from Weight Watchers goal. I literally cannot believe it. I feel awesome and have not hit the dreaded plateau! I have lost 271 POUNDS!

This has been a summer with mixed emotions but I heard a quote that I am taking to heart-"There Are No Victims, Only Volunteers… "

Here are two new pictures my husband took yesterday.




  1. Julie, I'm so amazed by you! You are looking phenomenal. It really sucks to get bad news like you did, but I'm so happy to see that you aren't letting it get you down. Hugs!

  2. I know that I've already told you but you are amazing. You are not going to let this get you down. You are a fighter. You've got so much to fight for and girl, you are doing it.

    I really like that quote.

  3. Julie! You look amazing :-) I really hope everything is going okay. I will keep you in my thoughts!!