Hi, my name is Ann!!
I am a mid-40's upcoming athlete - even if only in my mind! HA
I have had an amazing transformation since my 20's when I was carefree and VERY unhealthy!
to health has been a long and winding one. It has taken many years, many
tears, many motivational people in and out of my life, many hours of
sweat, a few pounds lost and gained back and lost again! The photo below
is me (one the left is 1996 and the right was last weekend). In that
time I have lost over 150 pounds but gained so much more!
I had not
really ever stopped to think when I decided to start trying to lose
weight and become healthy until I got this picture via text from my
She sent it
because she came across it and was stunned by my size. She did not
remember me ever being this big. I kind of chuckled because I definitely
remember and, after a little reflecting, I remember what turned things
around for me. Its not what most people are probably thinking. I read a
lot of blogs that say it was a special event that you could not find a
dress that fit for or a picture that you could not stand to look at.
Mine is nothing like that.
1996 I got in recovery. I started to look at myself and my faults and my
life and saw it was headed no where so I started to change things
around. This has been a long process (almost 20 years now) of looking at
my insides, making amends and changing my behaviors. It has been life
changing in so many ways. When I got into recovery I was promised one
thing and that was the ability to live life without drugs and alcohol - I have
been given sooooooo much more! I have been given a family that trusts me
and can rely on me to do what I say I am going to do, I have been given
friends that love and support me no matter how many times I trip up and
I have been given a set of tools and steps that help me in all my life
matters and I have been given a body that is capable of doing anything I
train it to do (completed my first marathon in May 2014)! I am so
overly blessed! The tools have spilled over into my life (outside of the
program) and have shown me how to live better and be better and do
better! It is because of this that today I strive to live a longer and
remember a time when all I wanted was to not wake up the next morning. I
am testimony to the fact that life does not have to be like that! There
is an easier, softer way through recovery.
I know I do
not have a lot of readers but if anyone out there that sees this needs
help - please contact me and I promise to get you connected with people
that can definitely change your life!
workout almost everyday, eat healthy everyday (aside from a little
chocolate here and there), go to work everyday -except Sat and Sun ;-)
and try my best to help others and care about others.
I am considering changing the face of my blog in the future but I have to plan a little more on that.
all the Friends of Bill at helped me throughout the years, all the
fitness instructors that motivated me to take one more class, family and
friends that have loved me beyond what I deserve!
taken almost 20 years but I love where I am now (still have over 50
pounds to lose) and I would not change a single step of the journey!
I work out every day today - even if it is just a small walk to recover from a heavy lifting day. I blog about fitness, family, recovery, cats, friendship, cooking, eating and life in general!