Tuesday, January 4, 2011

One Year!

Thad and I on Christmas Day 2010
Exactly 1 year ago today I started on the journey to change my life! What a huge difference a year makes. I'm officially down 120 lbs. Of course that is an amazing and wonderful thing, but in reality, what I celebrate more is how I feel. A year ago I was depressed, stressed, unsure of the unknown, unhappy and needing to change so many things in my life. While there is still much uncertainty in our lives, today I manage stress very differently and have learned to appreciate the important things in life - Thad, Izzie, and spending time with family and friends. No matter where we end up, it's the time spent together that we will remember. I've learned that there are things you cannot change, but you can change how you react to them and how it affects you - your mental and physical health! I have gained confidence in my ability to live a healthy and active lifestyle and enjoy sharing that with others and supporting them as well. I've found that I love to cook, learn new techniques, use new foods, and understand what different foods do for us and our health. I enjoy being active and challenging myself and look forward to improving my fitness level this year. I've found so much inner peace from these many changes in my life this year, that is the true celebration!


  1. This is such an oplifting and positive post, Jackie. And your picture radiates happiness and peace. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. :) You're beautiful in every which way!

  3. I'm so happy for you that you are making such positive changes to your life!!
    You look so happy :)

  4. I am so very happy for you Jackie!!! You always were a beautiful person inside and out. You changed the lives of so many people and enabled us to make so many friends and for that I am forever grateful.

    My best wishes for a wonderful 2011 for you and Thad :)


  5. You look healthy and happy Jackie. I won't say gorgeous now because it implies that you weren't 120 pounds ago and I think you were beautiful then too.