When I was born (on the top floor of the First National Bank --
at the time it was the Glennwood Springs Hospital, but it just sounds better to
say you were born in a bank)
... but, when I was born, my parents had a deal -- Mom got
to name all the boys and Dad got to name all the girls. Mom really wanted
to call me Valerie, and I think I would have made an okay Valerie. Dad was
enamored of a popular country/pop singer, tiny woman with red hair and a big
voice.... you guessed it! I was named for Brenda
It took me a while, but I grew into the name. It fits
with my Celtic ancestry. Brenda means 'firebrand' and 'dark-haired' and
'raven's wing'. It fits.
Brenda Sinclair Sutton
Anyone who has been following my Live
Journal knows that there used to be a lot more of me. This
summer I caught a glimpse of someone in the security camera screen
at the bank and thought, "Who is that large, dumpy, sad
creature? Then I realized.... it was me.
I was wearing size 16 clothes then...
but they were tight, and I topped out at 183 pounds. That's
the most I've ever weighed and not been pregnant! So I began a
concentrated assault on the unnecessary parts using the Zone
Diet (40% carbs, 30% proteins, 30% fats) in balanced meals
with two snacks and a lot of water.
Now it's the winter of 2002, six
months and forty pounds lighter, I am throwing away the Lane Bryant
catalogs and shoppin' for new clothes! It feels so good to get
my body back, to have energy, to not get winded just trying to walk
up the stairs. Still got about 15 more pounds to go, but I can
do it. Just today I had to punch another hole in my belt to
get it to fit. I'm nearly a size 10! Yeeeehaw!