Let me begin with this... you may be wondering - who the hell is Frank?! Frank is the small child that I just lost in body weight since my all time high 1 year ago. I apologize for the long blog, but this is my reflection on the past year:
This morning last year, I woke up a completely different person. As I awoke to my college boyfriend in my dorm for the last time, I was filled with excitement at the thought of my college graduation. That would be the last time I woke up in a dorm (or so I thought, until I returned in October for a quick visit - I guess I just can't escape dorm life). That was the last time I would be a undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. I was 223 lbs and obese. Looking back, that was one of the most bittersweet days of my life. I was thrilled at the thought of closing one chapter of my life, but as my ex boyfriend can attest through all the tears shed that day - I knew everything was about to change and I was scared.
Going back to the beginning of waking up this morning, I look at where I am today and I realize how far I've come. I awoke to my boyfriend, and settled in as I made breakfast for both of us and he made the coffee and packed our lunches. I'm looking at a full day at work since I'm in sales and it's the last day of the month. I've grown up a tremendous amount and have become a healthier, happier person. Most importantly though, as I stepped on my scale yesterday for my weekly weigh-in, I am officially 50 pounds lighter! That 50 pound child named Frank is gone.
In my head, I envision "Frank" as a 7 year old boy who is that pain in the rear kid you love to hate. He's the kid who puts a thumb tack on your chair, and sets out a toy to trip you as you walk down the street. He's the prankster that torments all the other kids and chants Flabby Abby as I walk by (hate to say it, but that is still a painful taunt from elementary school). I am so proud to say that today, I've let Frank go both physically and mentally.
I am no longer carrying the weight of a small child on my body. My joints are better and it's easier to do daily activities that I didn't even realize had become a challenge! What I find most amazing though, is Frank - that kid that teased me and told me I was too fat - he's gone. I am confident and walk with my head held high.
This milestone marks the top quarter-mark of the mountain for me. It's the point when you have the peak in sight and you can picture the view from the top. I am thinnest I've ever been in my whole life, and still can't believe I hit the 50 pound mark. I think it's time to celebrate (once the work day is over of course :-P)!!!
*Me celebrating at a friend's Bachelorette Party this weekend - close enough to a celebration of my weight loss*