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Surround Yourself With Love, And You Can Conquer Anything |

Surround Yourself With Love, And You Can Conquer Anything

14449000_10208927768123721_2453732674090470033_n When I look at how far I have come in three years time it absolutely amazes me. Not only have I lost 170 lbs, but I have gained so many friends and now new family by getting married. This may not seem like huge milestones, but for a woman who was stuck in her house feeling suicidal on a daily basis due to physical and emotional abuse she had suffered from her husband, and for being alone with little to no friends this is a huge accomplishment.

When I started on this journey the one thing I think I love the most is my self confidence increased by this happening I was able to love myself. By loving myself I was able to open myself up to find some of the best friends and family a girl could ask for. A little over two years ago I was terrified but I had gotten invited to join a bunch of people whom I didn’t know for a new game to me called Bunco, these people have honestly become my family. They met me right after I had surgery, I remember there was quite a few games where I think I spent more time in the bathroom throwing up then being able to mingle at first. This was right after surgery and due to complications I was having I was having a horrible time keeping food down.

14484595_10208994514232332_2289441945803398721_n These friends soon began inviting me to do things on a regular basis and they welcomed Larry into our group with open arms. They are each so diverse and unique and wonderful that makes for such a blessed group of friends or as we are known as “The Bamily”, which stands for our Bunco Family. We have our beautiful make up artists Monika aka class clown and the most positive person I know. Then there is Bill he is most tender hearted and kindest person I have had pleasure of meeting and he is married to Stephanie who is simply the sweetest and most genuine person, I know why these too are married they compliment each other so much. Then there comes Bina and Shawn, omg these too not only are so sweet and kind and funny but the most amazing cooks and gardeners. Whenever we have get together the topic of conversation is what is Bina bringing tonight lol Then of course there is Melanie she has been there with me for seventeen years and seen everything from me being abused by my ex, to me gaining weight, and lastly her losing her husband to cancer. We have been through the thick and thin of it all and been there for each other throughout it all.

13427885_10207827786226850_9046560632299785567_n But then on top of my Bamily, I was blessed enough to meet the love of my life. Not disrespecting my ex, but I mean this. In my 43 years of life I have never known a love like this, and I finally figured out why. This man is the most respectful, romantic, loving, giving and kind man I have ever met. Honestly I have never had a man treat me so well in my life, which in turn only makes we want to be a better wife to him. He tells me daily how much he loves me, he prefers me with no make up or hair done, now I am sorry but that is true love lol.




14595814_10208839295313945_4816835204886383933_n Then a year and half ago I fell in love again this time with my first grandchild Ollie. My heart just swells with pride when I think of what a amazing daughter I have and what a incredible Mother she is. And Ollie oh Ollie he is just the most amazing kid ever, and so darn smart. I love spending my days off with him he is learning and growing so fast, he is simply just the love of my life. Larry and I now spend out days with Ollie playing in the yard watching him chase our dog Bella who is new best friend and just enjoying our grandson to no end!





13344504_10207827792347003_1961877339963160648_n Then if that wasn’t enough I also gained another daughter, a son in law and two more grand daughters whom live locally. From the moment Larry introduced me to them they welcomed me with open arms, and I remember telling Larry I don’t want to fall in love with them in case we don’t work out, because we were just dating at the time. Boy, it did not take long to fall head over heels for all of them. My Granddaughters are the most loving, kind, considerate and smart kids you will ever meet. I just burst with pride when I talk about them, and my daughter and son in law are the most amazing people you will ever meet and compliment each other so perfectly.

So as I think about far I have come, and how I never could of done this alone without the help of my friends and family it reminded me of where I was four years ago alone, depressed and so incredibly sad. My message to you is that you MUST open yourself up and make new friends and surround yourself with them and your family in order to not only lose the weight but also keep it off and to keep you motivated to keep going. This is a tough journey of getting healthy and happy and you cannot do it alone and you shouldn’t. Be vulnerable and open yourself up to letting people in and you will be amazed at how much better you will succeed!

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Single Mom of two girls on a journey to get healthy by losing weight and learning to love herself again!

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