Thankful Days – Hope

This morning I woke up and decided I had to carry on my thankful theme one more day to say I am thankful for hope.

hope (verb) : to expect with confidence
At my highest weight of 231 I felt hopeless. I had learned to love myself as I was, but was still gaining weight. My luck with dieting always lead to failure, so I had decided I was meant to be fat.
It wasn’t long after this picture that I realized I needed to love myself enough to take care of my health. There was a little something deep inside me that knew I had to be able to do something to stop the consistent weight gain in my life.
A few conversations with my husband and a dear friend later I decided to take the small steps necessary to lose weight and take care of my health. I read a few blogs, watched a few episodes of The Biggest Loser and small sparks of hope began to ignite the smallest chance of change in my life. Just maybe I would be able to conquer this demon of overeating.
As I began making small changes to my eating and began exercising regularly I saw weight begin coming off.

By Christmas 2009 I was down about twenty pounds and the spark of hope that I could lose weight had turned into a steadily flickering flame in my life. Exercise had become a regular habit and my eating habits were changing for the better.
It’s been another year and another twenty three pounds. With forty three pounds lost I’m almost halfway to my goal and I’m so thankful that hope prevails in my life. As we enter into the holiday season I am no longer hopeless about my weight and health. The thought of cooking and eating Thanksgiving dinner and baking for Christmas doesn’t scare me.
  • I know I will not eat everything I make.
  • I know that I will exercise.
  • I know that I can lose weight during the holidays.
I know I can accomplish these goals, because I am able to hope, or have the expectation with confidence, that I will reach my weight loss goals and gain control over my overeating instead of gaining more weight.

About Leah@MyNewEnding

I'm a 44-year-old wife and mother who begins her day with God and coffee. When my youngest of 3 kids started college I went from a SAHM to a full-time job. I love being an attendance secretary. A lot has gone on since I started this blog in 2009, but one thing remains the same: I will not give up on my health. Join me as I share what that means for the season of life I'm in.
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6 Responses to Thankful Days – Hope

  1. Christine says:

    This is a wonderful post Leah!!

    I had to re-read your line; “I know I will not eat everything I make.” at first I thought it said 'eat anything' instead of everything…and I thought WOW to eat not any treats over the holidays….I could not imagine myself having that much confidence. I was relieved to read that you did not plan on eating EVERYTHING! lol

    I really do love this post!


  2. Leah, what a great post. You have done so well. Congratulations!


  3. Stephanie says:

    I love that you posted a picture from each year. What immense progress in these past 18 months – A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! You're looking so good and becoming that healthy person you so wanted to be back in April of 2009! You go girl! So proud of you!


  4. I Said So... says:

    I love this post. It was very similar to my feelings this year. You know what? I made it through the day w/o over eating and w/o gaining weight. Yay! 🙂

    Lovely post. Great work.


  5. You look beautiful in those pictures! I'm so proud/happy for you and all you have accomplished. I'm thankful we have “met” and love watching all you have accomplished.


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