Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Spreading Your Wings

My name is Irene Anderson wife of "The Daily Diary Of A Winning Loser" Sean Anderson...A.K.A. My Buddy. Sean has inspired so many, his family, his community and he is now working on the world....We both share a desire to help others we have come along way and we are not done yet...

I started at 345 pounds, and in the last year I have really made a big improvement in my size I went from a size 28 jean to a now size 14 and im not done goal is to be 140 or like sean says whatever feels right...I am now at 208 and i have about 70 pounds to go.
Like so many other girls, my self-confidence growing up was almost nonexistent. I doubted my abilities, had little faith in my potential and questioned my personal worth. If I achieved good grades, I believed that I was just lucky. Although I made friends easily, I worried that once they got to know me, the friendships wouldn't last. And when things went well, I thought I was just in the right place at the right time. I even rejected praise and compliments.The choices I made reflected my self-image. I ask you to consider two important questions "If you could be, do, or have anything in the world, and you knew it would be impossible to fail, what would you choose? And if you could create your ideal life, what would you dare to dream?"
I imagined having the courage to change my life. I pictured a better life for me and my family. My husband dreams about being an international motivational speaker so that he can inspire people the way he has inspired me. He writes his story to encourage others. So I went on to create a clear visual picture of my new success. I envision myself being thin being able to wear what ever i want and it fit right everywhere. How would it feel and look to see myself in the mirror trying on a size 7....I knew that if I was going to dream, it was important to fill in the details for my five senses. So I went to the store and held up a size 7 in front of the mirror. How would it look and feel? What does size 7 new jeans smell like? I found a picture of a woman in these really amazing jeans that I too would someday wear. I hung the picture up where I could see it every day. It helps to keep the dream alive.
And soon the changes began.. My "impossible dream" has started to become a reality.
I believe that all success begins with spreading your W.I.N.G.S.--believing in your worth, trusting your insight, nurturing yourself, having a goal and devising a personal strategy. And then, even impossible dreams become real.

Cheers to new beginnings,


  1. Irene,

    Sweetheart, I love this blog! What a wonderfully positive message you're putting out here!
    How many dreams have we swept under the rug in the last 22 years? We better start dragging them out, because I have a feeling anything is possible. More than a feeling, it's a reality that we decide every step of the way baby!
    We have something special my lady. It's something worth working for and improving everyday.
    I love you,

  2. I am so glad to see you writing now, too! You are the most amazing couple - my hubby and OI are doing this together too, and it just makes for an even more wonderful journey (I've lost 70 and he 52 so far). WINGS - that is fantastic! I am rooting you both to the finish line!

  3. Well damn girl, lol....I didn't know you had your own blog!! How completely awesome....we all already knew how awesome Sean we get to hang with his gorgeous and inspirational wife too? Yay!!

  4. I knew that behind the great man would be an even greater woman. Love the blog and love how well you have done!

  5. Welcome to blog land.....I have bookmarked you as the things Sean has written about you and the photos of you inspire me
    Thankyou for being willing to open your journey of life to us

  6. I am so excited that you have started a blog! It will be wonderful to hear from the other half!

    You have made an amazing transformation and I look forward to reading your words.

  7. You know I feel really excited that you have started this blog. You and I started our journey at almost the same weight, mine was 344 (my high weight was 378), 2 yrs ago. I am now at 206.6 (every ounce counts lol). I feel like I've taken a leasurely stroll the past year with my weight loss but maybe seeing you and Sean keep moving forward at such a great pace I will pick up my pace to try to keep up *smile*. I'm excited for you and I believe you will reach your goal of 140 lbs. I'm not looking to be that ambitious, my goal is 178. But maybe that's because I don't believe in myself enough. No matter what I look forward to following along and getting to know you both better. I'm so proud and excited for you both. What a lovely post this was.

  8. How great to see you with a blog, too, Irene! Sean and your family have been a wonderful inspiration to me since I discovered the world of weight loss blogs. I can't wait to hear more stories from you both!

  9. I'll add my joy to those happy to see you blogging. You have such an amazing family and infectious spirit and love for each other. It's an honor to have you and Sean share your lives with us.

    I really like the Wings analogy and will likely quote you on my own blog.

    And I love the way you are placing yourself so fully sensually into who you want to be. . . I have done that in other ways in my life (like with my career) but haven't trusted myself with the weight. . .so many past failures to let go of. . .

    Thanks again,