This is actually a somewhat new realization for me. I've always told myself that, but I don't think I ever quite believed it. I've struggled with weight, self-esteem, and depression since high school, and I'm only now--after an amazing summer of learning so much about myself in Paris, and then Denver--getting over some of my stumbling blocks--you know, the kind that look big and scary, but they were actually fairly manageable? Well, I may still have bitten off more than I can chew, but that's life.
So, weight loss. We're all here for it, for the accountability. My motivation comes with my career--I'm a professional musician, or in school to become one, and people are starting to remember who I am when I go to festivals, and hold some degree of respect for me. I'm not overweight anymore, but I'm not where I want to be in order to feel really comfortable in the spotlight. Also, I want to teach eventually, which was not previously a huge aspiration (most of us end up teaching privately), but now I really want to teach younger children. I want to set a good example for my future students, more than anything. I think of my future students the same way I think most women think of their future children.
So! With that, I think that perhaps I may finally win this battle, once and for all. I love running, yoga, and pilates, although I do not have much time to devote to fitness. I'm good at yoga and pilates, but running not so much; so, my goal is to work on a mile at a time. I can run three without stopping, but I won't have that sort of time once school starts, so I think perfecting my mile is a good start. When I get bored or freakishly fast, I'll move up my mileage. So! Hello. I'm a fellow weight-loser.