This weekend something I didn't think would happen for at least a decade happened. My son Ryan asked to get his hair cut.
Here's Ryan the way I've known him for the last 4 years:
And here's Ryan today:
I liked his long hair, but I love his new haircut! We can see his cute face!
What is it about makeovers or big changes that thrills me so? I know some people who hate change, who look the same as they did now since high school. Not me, I've gone through all kinds of crazy hairstyles/colors. I love watching how someone's self-confidence skyrockets after getting a great haircut or a new outfit on shows like Biggest Loser or "What Not To Wear". I'm kind of a hippie in the sense that I value the insides more than the outsides of myself and others, but it's fun watching the INSIDE of someone perk up after they do something to their outside.
This weight loss journey is more than just perking up my outside, though. When I was younger and lost 87 pounds, I was doing it for all "outside" reasons. I wanted to be "hot" so I could pick up a better quality of man in bars. I wanted to hang out with my skinny girlfriends and not feel like the token fat funny friend. I wanted to wear cute clothes and high heels without worrying that I was going to puncture holes into hardwood floors. I wasn't doing it for my health, for a higher quality of life, for my stress levels or for the sense of accomplishment that I got the Food Monkey off my back. It's no wonder I gained it back, my head and heart weren't in the right places.
They are today. I have a whole list of solid inside/outside reasons to do this. I have a family I want to be with for a very long time. I would love to walk around tall like Ryan has all weekend with his drastic transformation - he's even started dressing up a little more to go with his James Dean hair. He shares an interest in vintage clothes with me - he can wear them, I can't yet - but that's one of my outside reasons to lose weight - I'd love to rock one of those great vintage sheaths!
For today, I am grateful that we have a chance to "makeover" ourselves every day. One of the things I'm putting into practice is making very small goals that are 100% achievable: drinking my water, tracking my food, moving for 10 minutes, cooking at home. If I do all four of these things every day, I'm well on my way to having my own "Big Reveal!"
NSV - I'm wearing a dress today that was too tight across my chest when it was given to me. It's a little loose everywhere. I'm glad it fits because it's so nasty and humid out there and I am so comfortable in this dress. I'm also up to 18 jumps in a row before I mess up on the jump rope. I'm dreading going outside with it today, but it's becoming a habit and I feel kind of sluggish without my jump breaks!