Monday, February 27, 2012

Flattered, thanks

I write. You read. You say, I inspire, motivate, and encourage you. But, I feel you give me as much if not more.

I can't do this in silence - battle obesity. That's the very reason I started this blog in July 2010. We've been through a lot together. Some have come and gone, but most of you are still right here with me. Listening to me rant, rave. Helping me travel this bumpy path to fitness and health. This is NOT easy. This is the hardest thing I've ever done. You all get to say you helped me turn childhood obesity statistics upside down.

Some days are easier than others. Some days I need you more. Somehow on days when I'm struggling I get a Facebook message or an email from one of you -- you all make my heart sing. Here's some touching words I've received over the past few weeks:

"Your blog is astounding Chrisetta, you are truly an amazing person. One to take notice of and follow. I am a better person for knowing you." ~Ashley ...A better person for knowing me? This one made me cry. Really, really cry.

In response to me saying I was going to start a food movement..."Great blog post, as usual, but you should change the words "I'm starting a movement" to "I've started a movement" because it's already begun!" ~Kathy

After a rant about losing my zest for workouts..."You have done SO MUCH! Truly, cut yourself some slack. You've laid out your concerns and anguish, now sit back and open your heart and spirit -- that gal's gonna come tumbling out." ~Debbie

"You are amazing." ~Scarlett

"I’ve recently discovered you and have been following your progress on FB and your blog.  My friend's birthday is this weekend, she’s a fan of yours as well.  I’d like to surprise her with a copy of your cookbook (autographed?)   THANKS for your inspiration…"  ~Carole  

"Just writing a note to tell you how I enjoy your blog and FB page. Your food pics look amazing." ~Jennifer

From LeeAnn - Community Coordinator at New Seasons Market: "I can’t thank YOU enough for finding me here at New Seasons Market and being so persistent from the start on being here with us. Last night was ‘a feather in my cap’ here at the store! I knew people would LOVE you and you came through like a rainbow - it was a great event and I hope we can do it again sometime soon! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."

I'm flattered. On a regular basis I'm reminded why I share my story publicly, openly, and honestly. Really, I'd be a fool not to. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

For once and for all, Farewell Fatso!

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The Obesity Epidemic is REAL!

The evidence of an epidemic is everywhere.

· Two-thirds, more than 190 million Americans are
overweight or obese.

· Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar
medical burden every year.

· Childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years

Source: CBS News