4 inches off my waist
3 inches off my hips
A passion for running
New favourite foods
Never before seen reserves of strength, determination and motivation
A skill for pole dancing! (Funnily enough, there's no emoticon for this...)
Old clothes that fit again
A new and healthy attitude towards weight and weight loss
A profound distaste for the fast food I used to eat so much - yuck!
A deep love for running shoes and gadgets! I spend to much money on this...
More reserves of energy
And much, much more!
The past year has taught me that we shouldn't always focus on what we're losing, but what we're gaining too. It's been a long year, and I haven't reached the goal that I initially set when I started, but I'm not at all upset or sad about this! I started off at 171lb, and now I'm 146lb (as of this morning!). That is an achievement. A big, massive, wonderful achievement that I'm really proud of! And, as you can see from the list above, this year has been about more than just losing weight. It's been about discovering a new me, which I have definitely done.
I've achieved so much that I never dreamed I could. I ran my first 5K, and just about managed a 10K as well. I took up pole dancing as a sport and have reached the point where I can turn myself upside down (pictures are coming soon - I promise!). I lost weight. I gained strength. I learned to track my food. I sparked others. I joined a women's rugby team (Oo-er, still not sure about this one.). I stood up and talked to a group of students. I applied to a study trip to Athens that involved a great deal of public speaking. I'm so much better than I ever thought I could be - and my journey's by no means over.
And finally, I look and feel different.
I'm so much happier in myself, I'm more confident and feel great! I want to say a huge, massive, GIANT thank you to all my sparkfriends who supported and encouraged me. I hope that this blog will show people that sparking isn't just about losing weight, it's also about discovering what you're capable of and being proud of it. Spark on, friends!