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Sunday, January 29, 2012

One year left!!!

Today is my birthday, the big 2-9, which means I have exactly one year left in my twenties!! OMG!  OMG!!  OMG!!!!!!!

(insert freak-out here)

Okay, okay... so instead of freaking out over the fact that I'll be 30 in less than a year (insert mini-freak-out again), I thought I'd look back on my journey and revisit 29 accomplishments I never thought I'd do:
1.  After seeing a recent picture of myself (below) and feeling disgusted, I made the decision that changed my life:  I decide to get my health back.  September 17, 2008.

2.  Lost my first 10 lbs. October 31, 2008.
3.  Cranked out my first push-ups... from my toes!  November 26, 2008.
4.  First Thanksgiving I went through with a weight loss.  December, 2, 2008.
5.  Lost my first 20 lbs.  January 20, 2009.
6.  According to the standard BMI chart, I am no longer in the "obese" category!  January, 23, 2009.
7.  Changed my mindset from "lose weight" to "get healthy".  This decision changed the course of my journey permanently.  February 10, 2009.
8.  Completed my first race E.V.E.R!  8.2 mile Great Aloha Run in 1:45. February 16, 2009.

9.  Lost my first 30 lbs.  March 13, 2009.
10. First time I got up early - 5:45 am - to exercise before going to work.  March 25, 2009.
11. Started my blog... probably the biggest tool to my success so far.  April 4, 2009.
12. Literally counting down the minutes till I get off work and get to exercise!  Really, me?  YUP! April 16, 2009.
13. Joined a gym.  June 3, 2009.
14. Hired a personal trainer... another one of my "top 5 tools for success".  June 4, 2009.
15. Signed-up for, went to, kicked-ass in, and completed my first boot camp!  July 1, 2009.
16. Not really an accomplishment, but going hiking with Dr. Dre and Eminem... priceless!  July 18, 2009.
17. Tried my first green monster and fell in love.  Have had one almost everyday since.  August 2, 2009.

18. Lost my first 40 lbs.  September 9, 2009.
19. Held my first blog challenge and you guys helped me KILL it!  September 22, 2009.
20. Admitted my greatest fear which helped me put ice cream eating in-check.  November 2, 2009.
21. Broke up with the love of my life... food.  December 28, 2009.

22. I discovered the secret to weight-loss!!  January 14, 2010.
23. Viva Las Vegas... and maintained my weight without tracking calories, exercise, food, etc.  Portion control for the win!  February 24, 2010.

24. Exposed myself on the internet.  March 17, 2010.
25. Started the super controversial HCG diet in April 2010.  Lost 10 lbs. in 3 weeks... then regained it plus 20 lbs. more!  Ended 2010 at 155 lbs.  Not an accomplishment, but it was something I thought I'd never do.  On the positive side it did teach me a big lesson: nothing trumps eating healthy and exercise!  2010.
26. Totally upped my strength training and started powerlifting with my trainer.  Nothing else like it and I'll continue to do it for as long as my body lets me.  November 16, 2011.
27. Spent the entire 2011 working my ass off (literally and figuratively) to lose the 30 lbs. I regained and ended the year with 25 of those pounds gone... FOR GOOD!

28. Down to my lowest legit weight to date.  January 25, 2012.
29. I can back squat more than my weight!  So don't ask me how much weight I squat, ask me how many plates I use (the 45 lbs. barbell weight-plate is called a "plate", the other weight-plates - 10#, 25#, 35#, etc. - are just called weight).

Here's to making the last year in my 20's my best one ever!


deanna said...

Happy b-day and here is to that amazing year you are going to have. You are an inspiration. You look fantastic!

Kyle Gershman said...

Happy Birthday Annie! You've had one heck of a great journey so far...so much growth and success. You gave us a gift today!

affectionforfitness said...

Happy birthday Annie! I do think we share the same birthday. But, even better, we are both wildly enthusiastic about health, fitness, and life. Have a fun time today! Love this post!!!

:-) Marion

Miles In Murray said...

Happy Birthday!!!! You are so inspiring :)

Half Chinked said...

Annie! What an awesome year! Your 30's will be even better. Just you wait!!!

Jenn said...

Happy Birthday Annie! You've accomplished so many great things during your 20's and I'm sure your 30's will bring many more exciting accomplishments. You are such an inspiration- Thank you!

Maren said...

With all this accomplished in your 20s, imagine what you can do in your 30s!

Monica (Weight Loss Journey) said...

Happy birthday Hope you have a great day!!!

Lady K said...

Happy Birthday!! After reading all the accomplishments that u did, Im sure ur last yr in ur twenties will be great!!

Dina said...

Happy Birthday! All you have learned is amazing and inspirational for someone like me just starting out..thank you!

Mommy said...

Happy Birthday!!! So I only found your blog about a month ago when searching for P90X stuff. I love that you've stayed true to blogging throughout your entire journey and I've enjoyed catching up on that journey.

So I saw one of the things on your list being your experience with the HCG diet. I went back to your April 2012 posts but didn't see any mention of it.

Would you be willing to do a posting about it? I have a co-worker who is on her 4th week of doing the drops, has lost 17lbs and is dangerously eating only 500 calories/day (yeah, no wonder she's lost weight!). We have all tried to no avail to get her stop the diet b/c we all know that at the end of her 40 day "cycle" she WILL gain the weight back. We also worry about the damage she could be doing to her body.

I do have one other friend who did the HCG injections back in November and as you can guess, she lost about 12lbs in 21 days and she has since gained all of it back and then some.

Anyways, I'm just trying to gather some real-life testimonials for her in an effort to help her perhaps see the damage she's doing and what lies ahead.


Mark said...

Fantastic blog Annie! you are doing so well! congratulations on all you have achieved!

Mommy said...

Ooops...I meant I went back to your April 2010 posts :)

Sarah from Onmyweightohappiness said...

Happy Birthday!

Annalisa201 said...

How much can I love this post? A LOT! So good :)


Mary @ DesignerOfMe said...

Happy birthday!!!! You are amazing!
Here's to another great year :D

sam said...

Nice you rock the hitting floor lady and get to do it with high efforts you made and get to work hard nice !!!!!!!!! really Awesome .

TracyWright said...

really nice its all about hard efforts made you made and clear the Huddles .