We Come From Fightin’ Stock

You’ve heard all about my fertility struggles (more on that soon) and I’ve told you a ton about my mom’s battle with cancer, but today I want to talk about another special lady who has been fighting a fight of her own this past year: my sister Dawn.

Three years ago my sister went to the doctor and discovered that she suffered from severe hypertension and type II diabetes. She was tired all the time, she snored so loud she could wake the dead, and walking short distances made her breathless. To put it mildly, her situation was grim. All of these health issues were caused by obesity. My sister had always struggled with her weight, but it had reached a point where it was a matter of life or death.

And my sister chose life. Since that fateful doctors visit she’s lost 149 pounds. 149 pounds! And most of that loss has been in the last year. She joined Weight Watchers and became a vegetarian. She began cooking healthy, whole-food meals for her family. She started exercising like a fiend. In short, she completely changed her life.

Did it happen over night? Oh hell no. She says the key to her success is setting small, specific goals for herself. And she says, most importantly, that it’s imperative to start each day fresh and to forgive the mistakes of yesterday.

So without further ado, here is a set of before and after pictures of my lovely sister. You rock, Dawn! I am so proud of you.


6 thoughts on “We Come From Fightin’ Stock

  1. What a lovely tribute to your sister. I am so proud of her too! She looks amazing. I’m so blessed to have you both in my life. Love Mom

  2. wow!!! what an amazing transformation!!!!!!!! It says so much about all of you that you conquer all 🙂

  3. I am very honored to be mentioned in your blog, but I must give credit where credit is due.we were fortunate to be raised in an era where it was the PARENTS responsibility to teach their children the values and morals they wanted instilled in their family unit.so here is a big shout out to Charlie and Peggy Underwood for teaching us how to be responsible, respectful, honest, hard working, and most of all, how to persevere.Thanks for being such great parents. Eat healthy, live simply, be happy.

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