10 Things I Can Do Since I Have Lost 75 Pounds

10 Things I Can Do Since I Have Lost 75 Pounds

January is wrapping up and I notice people falling away from their New Year’s Resolutions.  It’s the natural course of life….make a resolution, hit it hard for about 3 days then spend the rest of January wondering how you will make it through the rest of the year without guilt.

It’s very similar to Monday, when we all say we are going to start our diet.  Eat all you can on Sunday because come Monday the diet starts, as if it’s got magical powers.  Wouldn’t that me nice, magi Monday? The truth is, no matter when you change your life, it’s just God and plain old determination that will carry you to the finish line.

(what is it about a sports metaphor that makes me feel like I can do anything?)

And so I decided to change my life one Thursday last summer.  No fanfare or Facebook frenzy.  I just put down the french fries and never looked back.

No more diet soda, no more cookies, no more mac ‘n cheese.  I could write a sad, I-miss-my-baby, kind of country song about it.  Except I don’t really miss it all that much.  I know.  It surprises me too.

And I surely don’t miss having my stomach in my way when I need to pick something up off the floor or not being able to go up a flight of stairs.  In fact, I made a list of things I can now do that I couldn’t do then.

1. Cross my legs
2. Wear clothes from the regular section of the store
3. Wear a belt
4. Run 2 miles
5. Keep up with my kids’ activities
6. See the sunrise every morning (which is about my exercise of course, not really the weight)
7. Be glad to have my picture taken
8. Not feel guilty because I don’t take care of myself
9. Ride roller coasters (although I haven’t tested this one yet)
10. Bless others with my journey

Since last July I have lost 75 pounds.  No one is more shocked than I am that this has happened. It felt impossible, but here I am.  And I am telling you YOU CAN DO IT TOO!!!

And it’s not even Monday.

Here are a few of my posts on my journey:

Join Me in my Journey Toward Great Health!

How These Supplements Have Changed my Life

A Day in the Life with my Oils

Great Christian Workout Playlist

I Lost 60 Pounds…Here’s my Secret

Getting Healthy…You Already Have What You Need

I’m Halfway There

Lessons from Lisa: Don’t Take Off Your Shirt in the Middle of the Street

I’m Getting my Sparkle Back

More About What I Am Eating

Let’s Get Fit Together

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  1. I am SO SUPER PROUD of you, Lisa!

    As soon as my youngest goes to Kindergarten (this fall), I am joining a gym! I walk about once a week with a friend, but I won’t do it alone. There are too many scary things out there!

  2. Rosella Wagner :

    I am so proud of you Lisa. You are such an inspiration to me.

  3. Congratulations on your progress! I am praying for you!!

  4. Congratulations on your progress! I am praying for you 🙂

  5. Go Lisa!!!!!

  6. Awesome list! I have been keeping a running list of reasons to lose weight in order to inspire myself and I was able to add four more to my list inspired by your list!

  7. Great job, Mrs. Pennington! 75 is the exact amount I have also lost this past year, since April. I’d like to lose ten more, but otherwise I have reached my goals. When you look back, the saying is definitely true – “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.” Keep up the good work and don’t look back!

    • Smiling to myself… I said, when looking back, and finished with don’t look back. Hope you can differentiate between my two meanings! Haha!