By Holly Tucci
FFCrew + FF Blog contributor + runner
Declare It Day 2015 truly held exponential magnitude in the goals that I set and how my life has significantly changed in the last year. I hosted a DID event just three weeks after my most recent heart surgery. I knew going into DID that I wanted to really stretch myself. Being surrounded by women, absolutely incredible and wonderful women that were also stretching and aiming to improve themselves I felt that I could make things happen. So I did.
I set out to do one race a month to help me hold myself accountable and to incorporate regular activity in my life (as opposed to the “on again, off again” approach). I set out to complete two half marathons and did so by doing the Seattle Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in June along with the FF Virtual Half Marathon in August. I also set out to really strive to improve myself each day by bringing about my authenticity. With that, I knew it was time for me to dig in deep and work on improving me from the inside out and the outside in.
While I did not know exactly what that looked like at the time, I knew I was going to do what was necessary by listening to my heart and following it. Looking back at it now, I can see how one decision led to the next, which led to the next, and so on. In April, 2015 I began the process of qualifying for bariatric surgery. I’ve been active and have continued to struggle with my weight. I did not feel like my outside represented what I felt on the inside.
On September 29, I had gastric bypass surgery. I’m not kidding when I say that my world, my life has changed significantly. I eat differently, I exercise regularly and I feel absolutely amazing! I no longer get tired after chasing my two year old around the house. I love that my 11 year old will go running with me and want to run on the treadmill after he’s seen me running. I’ve now lost a total of 95 pounds from my heaviest weight. Shedding all that weight has illuminated me and brought me into what I feel is vibrant living.
Fellow Flowers and DID have served as integral roles in all of this. By achieving my goals and stretching out way beyond my comfort zone, I have proven to myself that anything is possible and that I can continue to amaze myself. This happened because I believed. I believed that I could do this and had the love and support of my family, friends and Fellow Flower Rock Stars! It feels so damn good! Doing my happy dance with my arms in the air and a big ol’ smile on my face! I am so excited for what has transpired in 2015 and I know that the best is yet to come!