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Buenos Aires! - 2017 recap and 2018 goals

Monday, January 01, 2018

Hello everyone!

1. Was hospitalized for mental health issues and experimented with new medication until I found something that worked for me
2. Successfully completed a computer programming boot camp
3. Got a new, amazing job as a software engineer
4. Got my first new car!
5. I just got back from Argentina, where I met my boyfriend face to face for the first time, and it was AMAZING. ☺️

I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished this year! Unfortunately, my weight is about the same as it was at the start.

1. I will be under 350 by dec 31 (I’m about 410-420 now, so this is about 5-6 lb loss per month)
2. I will wake up at 6 every weekday morning and start the day with an elliptical workout, and go to bed early enough to accomodate this.
3. No delivery and no drive thru — if I want something badly enough I will go into the restaurant and sit down and eat it there. I want to get into the habit of cooking most of my meals at home and avoid the triggers for my binges.
4. I’ll make it to the gym for strength training at least twice a week
5. I’ll focus on getting my blood sugar under control with diet, medication, portion control, and stress relief.
6. I’ll stick to a strict food budget ... so I can afford the fiancé visa to get my boyfriend into this country before the holidays :)
7. Gluten free — I’ve definitely done enough experimentation now to realize that I can’t eat it

I’ve decided to subscribe to a meal delivery service called sunbasket — it’s similar to blue apron, where they send you just enough ingredients to cook healthy meals (2 portions per meal). I think that this will save me time with food prep and shopping, as well as help introduce variety into my diet. On days that I don’t cook, I’ll make sure to have lentil curry or soup or something easy ready to go in my freezer, as well as fruit and yogurt to snack on in the fridge.

I’m really committed to making this the year I get my health under control.

Here are some pics from my trip to Buenos Aires :) my boyfriend and I met online 2 years ago, and this was our first face to face visit. He has been so supportive and amazing for me, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him.

it was like a fairytale ! I’m honestly proud of myself for handling the miles and miles of sightseeing, walking / standing in airport lines and fittting in the seat at 420 lb. it was not easy. I plan to weigh much less next time I travel internationally, but I did it! :) and it was amazing.

If there is one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that my weight does not determine my worth, nor does it limit my success or my happiness. Others’ opinions can’t hold me back — only mine. I used to blame everything in my life on my weight, and use it as an excuse for not trying: who would want to date me? Who would want to hire me? Why do I deserve to be happy? What makes me think I’m good enough ? All of this negativity used to float around my head on a daily basis.

I almost gave up on this trip and on meeting the love of my life because I thought I was TOO FAT! I almost didn’t swim in those beautiful pools because I was like the only heavy person there and I was afraid of being judged — but I did, and I had a blast :) I had so much fun that I literally did not care what anyone thought about my body.

Now I realize I can do anything I set my mind to —- and I am setting my mind to losing weight and gaining stamina for my brilliant future. I want to feel good and be around for many years to come. I’ve overcome so many obstacles, and I want to have many more adventures with Gabriel by my side :) I’m so very grateful for every blessing in my life.

2018 is going to be all about my health... putting in the work every day, and keeping my goals in mind.

I wish to all of my spark friends a healthy and happy 2018! Thanks for sticking with me through the rough and the good times this year
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    430 days ago
    I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished in 2017. I can't wait to see what you do in 2018! On a personal note, I say ALL those things to myself that you once did. I have not even had a relationship for twelve years because of it :( I feel so incredibly inspired reading your post though, and I hope to start making some changes in 2018, especially in regards to my self-worth.
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    Wow, awesome year! I am so proud of all you accomplished. I was so glad to see your post. Sounds like you have been super busy. This new year is yours to conquer. You got this! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    440 days ago
    WOW! What an amazing year! When you were hospitalized, did you ever think you would be writing THIS blog post? So incredible! You have accomplished so much, and I am really inspired by your positive and infectious attitude! I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    440 days ago
    I'm so happy to hear from you. Yes you've had an awesome 2017. I'm sure with the plan you outlined
    you will accomplish your 2018 goals. You are amazing and deserve all life has to offer. emoticon
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