One year and one day.
That's how long it has been since I decided to make ME number one in MY life. You know, once you make the decision to find your happy, life can be a rollercoaster.
In one year and one day, I have lost 47 pounds. Almost 21% of my total body weight in that span. (Yeah, I hit the 50 lb mark back in July, but with all of life's transitions in the past 6 months, I've been teetering. Oh well.)
In one year and one day, I was able to say my final goodbye to the BOY who treated me wrong and find the MAN who, if it was in his power, would give me the world.
In one year and one day, I found my strength. I found my confidence. I found my resilience (over and over again). I have found exactly where I am supposed to be.
In one year and one day, I found Shelby.
Christmas was especially hard for me this year. My first year away from home. 'A' invited me to spend Christmas dinner with his family. This family is incredible. That dinner saved me from an entire day of crying. He bought me the cutest pair of silver earrings (that I wear constantly, LoL), when I wasn't anticipating that he would get me anything at all.
My first New Years Party. My first New Years date. My first midnight kiss. This was an incredible night/morning, spent with 'A' and his family and a few friends. Outside next to a firepit for hours, laughing and talking. Getting that much closer. 'A' telling me things, being vulnerable. An incredible night. I am crazy in like with this man.
Here I am (on the far right) with the ladies of his fam :)
I became an Auntie on December 29th. I am so in love with her and we haven't even met yet!!
This is Makayla Monroe, my 7lb 10oz, picture perfect niece:
I'll be going home on January 18th to lay my eyes on all this preciousness in person :)
I've changed my SparkPeople goals. Originally when I started my journey, I chose my 'dream weight' because it was right in the middle of the BMI chart. I see my body now at 5'10" and 180 lbs and don't think it is possible for me to get down to 145 without me looking like an awkward trainwreck. So I've changed my goal to 160. 20 lbs to go - that's doable if I get my butt in gear and am able to somehow tone this excess skin. You know, that belly flab that just makes you seem larger and gives you a muffin top in any pair of pants you try on. Stupid flab.
I want to get back to being more active on SP, but it's a lot more difficult without an internet connection at home (I'm at work right now, waiting on 'A'...)
I just wanted to check in and tell you, if you stick with it, this could be you in one year and one day.
Happy. Healthier. Glowing. Resilient. Proud. Sexy. Awesome.
Enjoying life. Enjoying love. HAPPY.
I wish you the happiest of New Years, my Lovelies. My world is a better place because you are in it with me, sharing life's ups and downs and curveballs.