I ran into an old friend at work last week. As we were walking into our training class she told me she had lost 72 pounds. It was so obvious she had, because she is looking great. I asked her what she was doing and she said, "Three things: I don't eat bread, I don't eat potatoes and I don't drink calories." She said it had taken her about a year but she'd been consistently losing. I told her that was fantastic! I think that is the perfect way to do it.
She looked at me and said, "Well, you totally inspired me!" I thought my jaw would hit the floor... ME? Then she proceeded to tell me. She had lost about 20-30 pounds and then she got an email from me. (I had NO IDEA what email she was talking about... I don't remember ever sending her one.) She said that when she got my email "the one with the pictures of me" she thought to herself. If Mindy can do it, I CAN DO IT!
I realized finally what email she was talking about. Sometime about 5-6 months ago I had sent out an email to some of the girls I was on a Party Committee with. We had been talking about my weight loss progress so I sent them all my progressive pics (the ones seen at the top of my blog). I really didn't even realize that Francine had been on the recipient list of that email and shortly after that we had our event and I haven't seen her since.
I was amazed! I've had people tell me that they love reading my blog. That I've got a way with words and know just what to say to inspire them. I've had some, let's call them "followers" tell me they've lost ten pounds here or there... which is FANTASTIC... because of my support. But Francine, she has lost over 40 pounds and attributes it to me inspiring her to keep on losing. WOW!!!
I'm completely inspired by the people I've inspired. That conversation sparked a fire in me and I'm now filled again with the desire to make progress. Not in 1's and 2's but REAL progress. So, I'm back at it! No competitions, no prize money at the end of the month. Just the satisfaction of knowing that what I am doing is not only going to change my life but has the potential to change the lives of others. Being successful is awesome in it's own right but if I can inspire just one person, that's amazing!
So, Thank You Francine. :0) Thanks for the inspiration to keep pressing in and moving forward. I hope that you'll continue to as well.
Also, Thank You to all of you that have been here with me on this whole journey.
Amy, Brenda, Caron, Rob, Tim... You're all really great supporters! I couldn't do it without you.
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