Monday, September 23, 2013

Full Circle - Part Three

You can read Part One and Part Two here.

Now we have come full circle, friends. My butt is planted firmly on the beach as I write this. The trip where I silently prayed I could say all of these words to you. For those of you who have been here awhile, you know how hard I've worked so that I could truly cherish this trip.

Two Years....

Can change everything.


I can walk out of the condo without shame.

I am not hiding behind a maternity swimsuit.

I can walk onto a beach with my family.

I don't worry about fat rolls.....cellulite....stretch marks.

I still have the stretch marks, but I have the confidence to carry them now.

I can walk in front of a camera.

I can ride for seven hours without swelling or heartburn.

When we stopped, I didn't have to worry about getting sick.

No more heartburn. No more blood.

I have what you call freedom.

I can play with my child for as long as I want.

I have pure joy in my heart and soul!

I am free from depression. I am free from back pain. I am free from it all.

I don't have to turn to food for comfort.

I have peace within myself to process what I am feeling in a healthy way.

I have a wonderfully supportive husband by my side too.

I can have those pictures that I dreamed of with my little boy.

I can cry tears of complete joy this time.

I have the life I never knew I wanted.

Two Years....

I never knew my life could be like this. I never dreamed this big. It was so much more than I ever thought to ask for....dream about....imagine.

I am absolute proof that someone can change it all. It's not as impossible as it may seem. You can't simply lose a bunch of weight and not transform your entire life. The weight affects every aspect of your life.

Your health....your marriage....your family....your mind....your personality....your job....your home....your friendships....your faith. 

If you think it doesn't, you are as blind as I once was.

Every part of my life has changed because I made the decision to take control of the ugliest part of my life.

It was worth every tear.....every heartache....every sore muscle....every turned away piece of junk food....Every decision that brought me here was worth it all.

For the next several days, I hope you enjoy the celebration with my family. Some of you have been here from the very beginning and we want to share this with you. For those of you who have encouraged, cheered, and pushed me through this, I want to thank you. It has made such a difference! Each and every kind word was treasured.

Now let's enjoy some real vacation! 


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  1. What an UNBELIEVABLE accomplishment! I got goosies reading this, and I am so happy for you. What an inspiration you are to me.

  2. You look great! Even if/when I get to goal, I don't know that I'll ever feel ok in a bikini, but that's ok too :)

  3. Way to go lady!!! You look phenomenal!

  4. You look fabulous! Such a flat tummy! I am so impressed! All that hard work had paid off. I hope this is the motivation that some people need to get started or to hang in there.

  5. It was so great reading this series. What a great feeling for things to come full circle! Congrats, and enjoy that vacation!

  6. All I can say is WOW! Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. I want to be where you are now. And I'll get there. People like yourself are so inspiring. It means it's possible for the rest of us. Enjoy the beach!

  7. Way to go! You look amazing and your suit is super cute! You're an inspiration to us all.

  8. Beautiful Wendy! Both your pictures and the words you've shared! I am so happy for you. All of the things you've mentioned are things I hope for myself and I hope to recognize when I am there this time. I love to hear the happiness and contentment in your words and it gives me hope!

  9. Oh my word, you look fabulous! Congratulations on such a huge milestone - such an amazing transformation! :) You. are. an. inspiration!

  10. Congratulations... what a wonderful success story. I appreciate the encouragement and truthfulness that you share here. Keep it up!

  11. such an amazing stories!!! I got goosebumps :)

  12. Wow, I just found your blog tonight for the first time. What an awesome inspiration to so many out there. You're not only thinner and healthier, but you look 20 years younger. You go, girl!!!!!!!

  13. You look FABULOUS!! Congrats to you on this wonderful achievement!

  14. Damn girl you're hot hot hot! and deserve to enjoy every moment of it because you've worked so hard and come so far! Get it!

  15. You look gorgeous! So proud of you and I don't even know you - ha ha! How did you do it? {Or is that part 4??} Congratulations on your personal achievement. I'm a new follower.


  16. Congrats on two years of change and hard work.


  17. You are precious! And beautiful. I like you pictures. Hopeful.

  18. Congratulations Wendy, it is no small task to take on the challenges of losing weight. I had to go read your story and where you started. You have done so well and look AMAZING!!! Your husband must be so proud!!! Im working on shedding 20 pounds and even that much is a challenge, a new way to eat, I've done it before but Im older now, but Im down 14. You go girl!!
    Hope you can stop by and share your link. >> Wordless Wednesday 10/1

  19. New here and wow!! You look amazing! Congrats on all of your hard work, it has certainly paid off. What an inspiration you are. I'm working so hard to lose weight and hope that one day I can share a post like this too! Enjoy your vacation. You deserve it.

  20. Wendy,

    I am so impressed. We all know how hard it is to get to where you want to be, but when you do it… you know that you did it and it is an indescribable feeling. One thing I have learned is that it usually is actually easier to maintain than to get there (for many reasons.. but one is that you have engrained good habits into your routine).

    You really do look phenomenal! And that is a cute suit : )
    You should be so proud of yourself as so many of us are.
    Found you on Friday Linkup and glad that I did!


  21. YOUUUUUUUUUUUU are such an inspiration! And you look STUNNING!! :D Enjoy your vacation and MANY MORE vacations to come! :)

  22. Congratulations Wendy !! You look fabulous and I know you feel delicious too! Thank you for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

  23. You look amazing! But the best part? That great big smile :)

  24. You are so inspiring! Congrats and thanks for sharing the encouragement for the rest of us!

  25. You look absolutely fantastic - especially that smile! You can see the joy of all that hard work paying off :) You rock!

  26. You are such a motivation to others - what an accomplishment! And your photos are awesome. Thank you for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop.

  27. Thanks for sharing your journey at last week's Blog Hop Blitz. As a result, you were selected as one of the Most Valuable Bloggers!

  28. Wow congratulations on your huge accomplishment!! You look beautiful & are such an inspiration :)

  29. What an incredible journey! You are an inspiration!!!

  30. This spoke to me so much based on where I am in my journey.... I'm basically at your part 1. So thank you, thank you for sharing. I'm happy to have found your blog and I'm excited to read more! Congratulations on your accomplishment and again than for sharing!!

  31. Well done! I am celebrating with you :)



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