Sunday, March 04, 2007

Totally Amazing And Inspiring - Way To Go Janet

My cousin Janet and I are related due to the fact My Mom and Her Dad are siblings. We did not see a whole lot of each other growing up nor were we really close due to the 15 year difference in our age. About 12 years ago we started attending family reunions together and became closer at that point.
I found out during many of those visits that Janet and I were alot alike. We loved to laugh, tell jokes, enjoyed a few good drinks or jello shots together, we were of the same religious faith and more then anything we had the same figure we were both overweight. Let me remind you of something that was not an issue to me as some overweight genes run in our family.
I remember in 2005 Mom called me and said Karen I have heard through the grapevine (obviously someone in our family) that Janet has joined weight watchers and has lost alot of weight . I kept thinking Oh I have done weight watchers in the past and lets see how long this lasts I truly wish her well. When I saw her in July you could definitely tell she had lost the pounds and the thing about it she was not through.
Our next visit was in October for her Dad's surprise 60th birthday party and one could definitely tell that she had lost more weight and was still attending weight watchers. You would have thought dud Karen look at your cousin this does work, why not join BUT instead I gathered up her old clothes and took them home to celebrate my new wardrobe!
Our next visit was in June for our Stacy Family and Friends Cruise. Janet looked awesome by this point she was within pounds of meeting her life long goal and she had lost over 100 pounds. At this point I was also introduced to her new boyfriend and thought oh how cute they look together. They would wake up early work out and run around on the ship while I always slept in. As the old saying goes they complement each other what a cute couple.
In September Janet met her goal and had lost over 120 pounds. On top of that her BF proposed and wedding plans were in high gear. I would occassionally get emails and a couple of phone calls from Janet and I could bearly wait until February would get here so I could attend their wedding. In the meantime Janet hits the big news literally in the town she was living in and then on foxnews Atlanta. I have the link of the fox news Atlanta which I will post a the bottom.
Well February 15th finally arrived and I could not wait to leave school to head to Atlanta. Afterall, Janets wedding would be in just 2 days and I wanted to get to Atlanta early to visit with a few members of our family and friends. When I went to ask if I could sneak out a hour earlier from work I was talking about this wedding and this being my cousin who had lost all the weight and had made foxnews and was showing the secretary the news segment at the computer when the principal walks out.
She was totally blown away and before the segment could finish she said we are doing this. Karen would you be interested in atttending a weight watchers meeting even if we start our own? That day 3 of us the principal, myself and a teacher across the hall from me discussed having our own confession (ww) meetings. She said "Karen when will you be back?" and I told her I "on Monday". She said "she would be back on Tuesday and we would meet then". I thought yeah right she will forget and I am still OK eating the way I am use to eating and living like I want to live. Let me remind you something I had a desire to one day lose weight but like anything else you have to want to do it to do it! Well Tuesday rolls around and the principal calls us in UH OH. We decide which days will be weigh in days, which days will we meet and we make a commitment at that point we are in this together and we will lose weight. That night I went home and thought Karen you cant play around this is your boss you have made a commitment now take this serious! So I thought if Janet can do this and with all this support I can do it. So on Ash Wednesday (not that I am Catholic) Wednesday, February 21st I knew I had to take this seriously and at that point I decided to join this little group. On our first weigh in just 5 days later (decided to have meetings on Wednesday and weigh in on Monday) I had lost 7 pounds.
I am sooooooooooo into this new way of life. I eat what I what smaller portions and eat basically when I want. Last night I enjoyed my first coke it had been 11 days. I have started exercising and love it! So I will keep you posted and let you know how this works for me. Here is the link to my cousins television show LOL. Who knows maybe someday I will be able to send you a link to my television show.So cheer me on and wish me luck!!!!!!!!!! Oh and Janet thank you for being such an amazing person and for being such an inspiriation to myself and others here in Mississippi.


Janet said...

wow...thanks cuz....keep up the good can do it.