Suck It Up Princess

If I didn’t realize how blessed I was before, I do now! The support I continue to receive on my journey as I search for my after has been overwhelming. I’ve been on this road before, but going public has brought out cheerleaders in the unlikeliest places.

Last week, Carole, one of the managers called me into a last minute meeting. “Last minute meeting” is code for one of three things where I work… (1) a surprise celebration in your honour, (2) you’re getting a pink-slip, or (3) an actual meeting. I stopped what I was doing, grabbed my pen and notebook, and followed Carole into the boardroom where a dozen of my coworkers had gathered. I was baffled the moment I walked into the room… there were folks from different divisions, and there was a giant box in the middle of the table with my name on it.  I froze… I realized the next few moments would be either really good, or really bad… regardless, I was going to end up in tears.

Carole confessed that there was no “last minute meeting” – no duh, Carole… it was a one in three chance it would be! Carole went on to explain that the team wanted to support me on my journey. They’ve admired my determination along the way and that I’ve become an inspiration for them.  Me?! An inspiration?!  This group has seen me attempt (and fail) countless diets in my 15 years at the company, so why the recognition now?

Because this time is different. This time, it’s the real deal. This time, they know, and I know that I will not only get into my right-sized body, I’ll keep it off.  Something has shifted mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The change is tangible.

Since committing to the Twelve-Step program in February, my coworkers have seen me forego catered lunches and snacks in favour of my weighed and measured abstinent meals. They’ve not only marvelled at the quality of the meals, but the quantity as well, often joking that I should start a side business catering their lunches since they’re better than what they get at the cafeteria!

They’ve all wondered how I manage to create such abundant meals when I work full-time, and part-time. I explained that I must maximize every spare moment by cooking in bulk.  I weigh and measure my portions, and then freeze them with the FoodSaver vacuum sealer my remarkable friend, Joanna lent me. This system has helped me stay on track even when my schedule has me stretched thin.

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This is when my OCD comes in handy!!!

As one of the kindest acts of support, my generous coworkers (aka, my daytime family) chipped in and purchased me my very own FoodSaver! I was humbled and speechless. I wish I could have vacuumed sealed that moment forever!

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The Results Are In

To find out how much I lost last month, click here.

For my food journals, click here.

 

10 thoughts on “Suck It Up Princess

  1. WOWZA!!!! THATS AMAZING MARE!!!! WAY TO GO!! YOU DID IT!!!!

    I’M BOTH PROUD AND HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!

    I HAVE NEVER KNOWN ANYONE WITH SUCH DETERMINATION AND SO GOAL ORIENTED!!!

    I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU!!! I JUST KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO BE A KNOCKOUT!! U HAVE ALWAYS BEEN BEAUTIFUL IN MY EYES, BUT
    LOOK OUT WORLD; CUZ THIS GAL IS GOIN TO STRUT HER STUFF!!!!!

    YOU HAVE BIG FAN BASE!! THAT WAS AN INCREDBLE THOUGHT AND GIFT YOUR CO-WORKERS SURPRISED YOU WITH!!! THAT WAS SO AWESOME.

    I LOVE U, GIRLFRIEND!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 👍
    🏆🎉💕👑

    Zee xoxo

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  2. Kudos to you girlfriend! The confidence you breathe out to the rest of us is inspiring. And your office buds, they rock!

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  3. Hi Mare, I wanted to thank you for you kindness and support when I visited FA. You were awesome and helpful. It turns out it isn’t for me but I didn’t want to disappear without saying thank you and goodbye. I wish you every success and hope to run into you again one day. Regards Joe

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  4. Say it ain’t so Joe! But thank you for letting me know. You’ll be missed!!!! I wish you the very best as you search for the right plan to get you to your after.
    Sincerely,
    Marilina 🙂

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