1. The only one about weight - I've lost 97 pounds. That's more than the weight of my nephew and nieces combined. Plus some. And I feel healthy, energetic and better than I ever thought possible!
2. I have gone from having to use a physioball behind my back to do a squat the right way to being able to do them on one of those wobbly things (although I'm still pretty shaky...). I even held a bar yesterday...one time!
3. In January of 2013 I struggled to do 5 push ups on my knees without falling over. I can now do 5 real push-ups. Although I still haven't shown anyone.
4. I still remember my first workout last January. 30 minutes on the elliptical at not too easy of a pace, resistance or incline. I believe that I was at incline and resistance 3. And I looked around the whole time feeling like people were watching me. Now, I do a variety of things on the elliptical. Hill climb, sprint/jog, etc. And, I am up to being able to set the resistance and incline at a 7 for most of my workouts. And, I've added in the treadmill. Oh, and I don't care if people look at me.
5. I used to do side and front raises with two 2 lb dumbbells. I've moved up to having a 5 lb dumbbell in each hand. And yesterday, I did a squat and front raise while holding one 15 lb dumbbell (with both hands). I was kinda proud of myself.
6. I couldn't walk up the steps without being out of breath a year ago. Now, I don't mind walking up the stairs at school or at home. Never thought I would feel that way.
7. I no longer feel the need to wear a heart rate monitor when I work out. Oh, and I don't take medicine for a rapid heart rate anymore :)
8. Back in September of 2012, I rode a roller coaster with my then 4 year old nephew at a festival. We had trouble fitting in the car together because I was so big. Now, I can chase him around, play with him and not run out of energy. Oh, and we rode that roller coaster again this past year and fit much better :)
9. Everything about anything sugary or not good for you used to call my name. Now, except for rare days, I don't struggle to walk away from all the cookies, brownies, candy, etc that I encounter on a daily basis.
10. A year ago, the thought of me ever running made me laugh. Heck, I'd laugh at Renee' when she told me to do more than 5 push ups at a time. Or when I had to figure out how to do what I now understand to be a physioball hamstring roll in. FYI - that requires coordination that I didn't possess until a few months ago. Now, I've run both a 5K and a 10K (with walking involved in both) and I am signed up to run another 10K the first weekend in May. Did I mention I ran 3.3 miles in 35 minutes today??
11. In January 2013, I struggled to find normal vegetables at the store (we all know the garlic clove story so I won't repeat that one...but it is a classic!). Now, I can usually find what I'm looking for and it doesn't take me 3 hours. Oh, and as long as a recipe is written in English that not very smart people about cooking can understand, I can usually follow it. That's a major success for me!
12. In January of 2013, I rarely wanted to leave my house. Now, I love going out and doing things. I enjoy being social. And, I'm happier than I ever thought I could be. That, alone, is success for me.
Success is steady progress towards one's personal goals