Actually, it's my 2012 memory wall. But because LeanJean (Lynda) asked for it, I will pull one of my "before" pictures out before I toss the memory wall photo in. Here's where I started from:
The woman in this photo was close to her top weight, having trouble walking across rooms without becoming out of breath. She certainly couldn't walk up the flights of stairs in her workplace without hyperventilating! She was so unhappy with herself, so "down" on what she'd done over the years through overeating and bad health habits. And she really, really worried about the little boy in the foreground.
That was then (1989)... a couple of weeks later I started a cycle of Weight Watchers at Work, which led to an 80 pound loss. I still consider this my true starting point, despite having regained in between then and now. Why? Because it became my vision of what I wanted back, even when I had those lapses.
When I first joined SparkPeople.com and read the recommendation to create a vision collage I rebelled. I was not crafty. Cut things out of a magazine and paste them together for motivation? Nope, not ME! And furthermore, I really didn't have a clear idea of where I wanted to be.
A couple of years ago, I determined that I had "arrived" at the lifestyle I wanted to live for the rest of my life. I not only got back to where I was after that initial 80 pound loss, I had dropped an additional 20 pounds in "maintenance"... and it was even better than before.
Today, in an effort to put the finish line of the trip and the athletic season (at least the competition season) of 2012 to rest, I pinned up all my race bibs, swim caps, medals, and a few photos on the big bulletin board in the basement, and snapped its photo. I was thinking of it as a memory board... but you know, it is ALSO my vision collage.
This is the me I want to be for the rest of my life. Or as much of it as taking the best care of my body as I know how will allow.
Life IS good. Spark on, through the Winter, and into the rest of YOUR life!