Monday, July 14, 2014

Farewell Fatso! Celebrates 4 Years

July 2010: I began penning my lifetime battle with obesity in a blog, Farewell Fatso! I never imagined all the places blogging would take me. Nor the doors of opportunity that would be opened for me because of my willingness to share my story and take chances on myself. To all of you who have supported, encouraged, and followed me  -- this one's for you!

My journey of health, fitness, and weight loss began four years ago. After a battle with depression and an awful period of self-loathing. One afternoon, I was abruptly awakened from one of my sleeping pill induced comas by a nagging voice that loudly told me, “Go outside and take a walk!” I grudgingly followed the order.

The first walks were foggy, but I soon found the walks to be cathartic and began enjoying and looking forward to them. The walks were a time I could think clearly, breathe fresh air, and begin working on my inner and outer self.

At the time, I wrote about my walks on my Facebook page. Many of you would comment on these postings saying, I was “encouraging” and “inspirational.” Your comments encouraged me too. I’ve always loved to write so I decided I would pen my battle with obesity — openly and honestly in a blog, “Farewell Fatso!” It was/is my way of further sharing my story with you and much needed therapy for me.

Oh my, here we are four years later. What a bumpy, amazing road we’ve traveled. I’ve learned so much about myself through this process. I’ve learned so much about the process. Most importantly, the course is not linear. There is no straight, clear path to the finish line. There is no finish line. I take two steps forward and three steps back. Such as life!

I could go on about my failures and successes, but no need — most of you have been here every step of the way with me. I want to take this time to say: THANK YOU for traveling this road with me. THANK YOU for encouraging me. THANK YOU for celebrating me. I’ll even pause to say THANK YOU to those who haven’t celebrated me. THANK YOU to those who have put road blocks in my way. You strengthen me too!

Last, but in no way least, thank God for giving me the strength, courage, and tenacity to fight this battle. It’s long from over, but I know that with His continued guidance I can do anything. I’ll close by saying, this journey has not been about what I’ve LOST, but about EVERYTHING I’ve GAINED.

Much love,


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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