October 23, 2010

The Great Escape

Before I began to learn about health I had no idea how scary obesity really is. It causes all of the major diseases that have the potential to kill people. Once I became aware of that, I felt a very strong sense of urgency. I felt like I needed to escape.

Me, last year. This is what obesity looks like. Scary.

Drum roll please......................................................


As of today, I can officially say that I have made the great escape from obesity!


What an emotional milestone this is! Up to this point I have been able to see and feel the changes but this seems so monumental. I am relieved, I am proud, and I am humble all at the same time...if that is possible. My BMI is now below 30 which moves me into the overweight bracket and out of the obese bracket. I know I still have a ways to go. I mean, I'm not going to stay overweight forever, but today, being "overweight" seems pretty okay to me.

A while back, a reader asked if I had ever thought about the question Where Would I Be? As in, where would I be right now if I had not made all of these positive changes in my life. I mentioned that I hadn't given the question much thought, and yet it as I began writing about it I realized that the question actually seemed very familiar to me.

The reason is because I actually have thought about that question a lot in my life. Where would I be? Only when I was thinking about it, I was OBESE and being held captive by my previous failures and defeat. Wallowing in the aftermath of diet after diet, I was always left asking myself...

Where would I be if I had just kept going?

Where would I be if I hadn't let the scale get me down?

Where would I be if I had relied on God more and myself less?

Where would I be if I had chosen to do what seemed impossible?

Where would I be if I hadn't given up?"


Where would I be?



This is it, BABY! I'm here.
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22 comments:

Jeannette said...

You look amazing! I am so proud of you. I am compiling a list of inspirational bloggers for my weight loss blog and I plan on putting your blog on it. You are such an inspiration to me and I'm sure my readers will find you as such too.

LauraLynne said...

You inspire me. I'm not far behind in weight but I feel years behind you. You've done so well! Congrats and continued success!

jh said...

I stumbled across your blog and just wanted to say you look AMAZING! Is that the same shirt??? Congrats on all the hard work and thanks for posting the journey. You are truly inspiring :)

Michelle said...

You look fantastic Keelie! Good job, congrats on being overweight! I'm 16 lbs away and I can't wait. I wanna be overweight! :)

Syndal said...

I am a new follower to your blog, but I can already see how awesome and beautiful you are! congratulations on taking care of your health and taking care of yourself!! :)

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

you just amazing! and your hair is so so pretty. congrats on how far you've come, keelie :)

Kelly said...

Ohhh Keelie ! You have accomplished soooo soooo much! I'm so proud of you! I love your attitude and your style too! Way to go ! :)

Kelly

Red Deception said...

You are a great source of inspiration for those who want to better themselves. Don't ever lose your motivation :)

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

You are looking SO GOOD girl!!
Big congrats to you... I hope to join you soon, my BMI is 31 and I'm so anxious to get it under that 30 mark. You are an inspiration. :)

~Margene

Lisa said...

A huge well done on getting to the overweight category and putting obese behind you forever!
I can still remember the day I managed to do this myself and it really was a milestone, now I'm fighting my way to a healthy BMI and SO close lol. You will be there as well soon.

Raegun said...

Enjoy this moment, Keelie. You have accomplished so much, and to learn that you did this in just one year is so inspiring!

Lynda with a Y said...

Fantastic!

Michele said...

Congratulations!!! That is quite a milestone to be out of the obesity category! Excellent and good for you!

Ms Lane said...

You have done such an amazing job! It is an inspiration to see you doing this & knowing that you are relying on God to help you! Can't wait to continue seeing how he helps you with your weight & everything else :)

Lucrecia said...

You look amazing! What an exciting milestone! Thanks for inspiring!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

You look fabulous!!! Way to go on that weight loss... now, go throw out that shirt in the first photo and get yourself something new. Congrats!

Deb said...

congratulation...you are doing something that is so great....

Denescape said...

Just had to comment today. Not only do you look fabulous and healthy, but you made me cry! Those last questions really hit home for me as I have really had a hard time this past week. Not the first time your blog has helped me! Thank you, and way to go!!

Kristi said...

Love the photo comparison. SO monumental. Yay for not being obese anymore. That's amazing. You are doing fantabulous! LOVE YOU!

Rosa said...

Congrats! You are looking fabulous. I can't wait until I am out of the obese range. That will be a joyous day!

spunkysuzi said...

Wowsa's kiddo you are hot!! Congrats

LeFebvre Momma said...

You are such an inspiration - Thanks for always putting the focus where it should be - on God!

I am looking forward to being merely over-weight!! A few pounds to go.