Feeling Alive at 25
Sunday, May 01, 2011
The arrival of my 25th birthday is something that I have been anticipating for a long time. I really wanted to reach that milestone and celebrate it with pride. For the longest time, I thought that the only way that I could do that was to be at my goal weight. But a few weeks ago, when I came to the realization that I wouldn't hit it, I was OK with that. I feel better than I have in a long time. I've lost 25 pounds since moving in August. I am leaning out and the addition of intense strength training in the last few weeks has been affecting my body composition in a positive way.
I bought my birthday dress all the way back in December. I was 10 pounds heavier than I am now and while it fit well, I really wanted to be smaller in it...to see some curves and basically just rock it on my birthday. I'm so happy to say that when I put that dress on, I felt like I accomplished all of those things. I felt confident...I felt strong...I felt happy with the way I looked. And those are the things that are most important. It's that openness, that confidence that will draw people to you. Because if you don't like who you are...if you aren't proud of who you are...why should anyone else be? Self-love is so important and while it's hard for many of us who are not completely satisfied with our physical appearance it is that love that will push you through the tough times on this journey. Self-love will help you reach your goal and stay there throughout your life. So everyone tell yourself something that you love about you. What makes you unique? What makes you special? What makes you lovable? Then give yourself a big hug...because you're worth it!
I hope that everyone's next birthday can be as amazing as mine was. A day full of friendship, delicious (healthy) food, dancing and self-love.
And here's a picture of that dress :)
And a few shots of horseback riding today
Ruby - a beautiful mare who is 2 weeks overdue on birthing her foal
Zoey, the horse I got to ride. So sweet!!