One year ago today, April 27, 2017, I made the decision to save my life. ❤️April 27 also has a big significance that I didn’t realize until a few months ago. My starting weight on this date last year was 427 lbs…which is also the date 4/27. I did not plan it like that either!! 😊 But since then, I have lost 156 lbs! And I know I have said this before, but it’s not just about the weight loss; the life I’ve gained is so much more important. 🙏🏻 I am so excited for some of the big things I will be able to experience like riding a roller coaster/parasailing/ziplining, but really just the simple everyday things are even better… walking without having my ankles/feet swell or in pain, not being out of breath doing simple tasks (putting on my shoes, taking a shower, going up a flight of stairs), being able to go into a restaurant without worrying about fitting into a booth, walking into a room and not having to worry about chairs with arm rests, having my seatbelt comfortably fit me, having enough room and not using a seatbelt extender on an airplane, not having to use the big/handicap bathroom in public restrooms, being able to run errands and shop around the mall for hours, and just being able to walk confidently around my neighborhood or in stores without getting stares from people. All of these things may seem normal to many, but they are big struggles when you are morbidly obese. There is so much planning ahead and stressing about weight and size limits. Yes, I still have more weight to lose, but I am living a better life now. I want to do and experience so much! I am not a loud person, but I just want to shout it from the rooftops how happy and how much better I feel! 🤩😄 Don’t give up, keep going. 🏃🏼♀️No, it hasn’t been easy, but it’s worth it! 👏🏻💪🏻 Believe me when I say that my life is so much better now and I am SO excited for my future! .