Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thank you for always being there for me...

This post is to all the people in the fitfluential, fitblog, fitbloggin, and many more. 

Today was my birthday, we wont go into how old I am :)  But I did want to say that I am so touched by all the birthday wishes I have received from everyone on twitter and facebook. I wanted to write a post to thank all the people who I have met through facebook and twitter, many of you have made a huge difference in my life.

I have never really been a big birthday person, mostly because for most of my life a birthday was just a reminder of another year of failure in the weight loss department. Things are a little different know. I'll be honest and say I am not anywhere near where I want to be yet but I haven't given up for the last two years, and I wont ever give up. I made the commitment in May 2009 that I was going to finally lose the weight, the road since then has been bumpy but my engine is still full of gas and to me that is a huge win. In the years before 2009 I always gave up after a few weeks of trying and I always hated myself for it.

The difference in my life now is even though I may have a bad day, week, or month I always pick myself up and keep moving forward. It's hard for me to admit that I need people, it's hard for me to reach out and say I need your help. For most of my life I haven't had anybody to lean on, I have always had to figure things out on my own and just hope for the best. I can proudly say that I have survived almost all the situations that life has thrown at me. The one thing I haven't been able to do on my own is lose the weight. Like I said before it's not easy for me to say I need people but honestly I need all of you. My life has been drastically changed in a positive way by you. I try to always have a game face on but I struggle just like anyone else. Some days I want to quit, just give up, skip workouts, binge eat, etc. On the bad days I often think of many of you. I see your faces in my head, I hear your voices in my ear, and I think about your battles and all that you all have been through and that's when the switch goes off in my head. I tell myself Alan you can do this, Alan you are not alone, Alan you WILL do this. I no longer ask myself if I can do this, I know I can and I am.

I have lost most of my old friends since I started this journey. Unfortunately I was forced to choose between their friendship or a healthy lifestyle, and its obvious what I have chosen. You all have become my friends and my family in a way. I rely on you more than you know. I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there for me, I hope you know that I am always here for you.



Jillian said...

This was really sweet. I'm glad that you're my blogger/email/facebook friend. <3

LegendarySucker said...

Thanks Alan,
Hope you didn't take my comment about having a lil piece of cake wrong!! I always feel like if we always feel deprived, we will end up binging. So a little eward now and then is a good thing! I let myself have a donut on my bday! SOmetimes a few donuts. Its my treat! Keep up the great work dude! =))
Your friend, Pam

T said...

You are amazing! I'm in a place now that I feel the journey isn't so much about the weight lost, but more about the strength we gain and how we grow. I'm so glad I got to meet you and hope to get to know you even more! ((((bear hugs!))))

Cathy Cox said...

Happy Birthday Alan,
What a great way to start off the new year for yourself! You are pretty amazing yourself, hanging in there through all the tough times - it's not easy and not everyone does it! So glad you've found the support friendship you need to make this journey! It might be long but there's so much to explore along the way! Great job Alan, so happy to be part of this circle :)

Foodie McBody said...

I'm so sad about your "old" friends. How sad that they wouldn't stand by you when you chose health. But it's true Alan, we are here for you 24/7. You are one of the voices in my head too, one of the faces I see when I am having a shaky time of it. We are all in this together and I am so fortunate and glad to know you. Can't wait to give you a hug at Fitbloggin 2012!

Katy Widrick said...

BEAUTIFUL. I am so, so happy to be included in the group that supports you on your journey. Happy birthday and may all of your wishes come true.

workout mommy said...

happy belated birthday! :)

Patty at A Day in My NYC said...

I'm so glad you had a great birthday and that you for the tweets of support. The encouragement does help.

Great job on the loss this week :) I'm glad you are enjoying the stationary bike. I miss the gym...hoping to get back when dad is more settle until then I'm walking a lot.

Alicia at Poise in Parma said...

Alan: I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Your journey of a healthy lifestyle will definitely ensure that you have many, many more of them!

sharla @ 262milejourney said...

Love you, brother. :)

Kerry said...

A birthday is a great way to start off a new year. But I am the one who needs to thank you - for being a great (and honest!) example of strength and commitment to a goal.

Lauren said...

You are an inspiration to me Alan! Keep it going!!

So I Just Smile said...

Just recently started following your blog, but happy belated birthday anyway! You help to keep me motivated!

Yum Yucky said...

Wow. That was heartfelt, beautiful and real. I'm glad you're on this journey and I'm honored to know you.

Ryan @NoMoreBacon said...

This is so legit Alan. Truth be told you're one inspiring dude. You're stronger than you know. You help us out too, my man.

Happy "Late" Birthday!

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Dharani Changanti said...

This was really sweet, late Birthday wishes to you, I hope to you had a great day

Deepika R said...

I am very happy to be included in the group that supports you on your journey. Happy Birthday and may all of your wishes come true.

Dharani Changanti said...

Wow. it was heartfelt, wonderful and real. I'm glad you're on this journey and I'm honored to know you. many Birthday wishes to you

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