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Thoughts on a year of success

Thursday, January 04, 2018

So, it's been a year. Finally, after so many fits and starts I managed to follow through with my New Year's Goals and get myself "fit". I have lost 53 lbs and gained so much more -- muscle, endurance, confidence, etc.

Every year my high school has a holiday alumnae luncheon and the past few years I have attended. This year I was met with so many people saying things like "Wow! You look amazing!" or "You're transformed! You must feel great!" It was nice to hear the compliments but sometimes I really don't know what to say back. I am proud of my progress but weight loss and fitness is such a personal thing that sometimes it feels a little overwhelming. I know people say that I am an "inspiration" but really, I just feel like me. A fitter, healthier version of me, but still me.

Next year I have more goals in sight. Longer races, more muscle building, smaller pant sizes, all seem within reach, but still challenging. I've also yo-yoed so many times in the past that it is going to take a while before I let myself believe that the weight I have lost is gone for good.

So I enter 2018 with some trepidation, but at least I have last year's successes to push me forward. Weight loss and fitness is a journey, and one that I'll be working on the rest of my life. At least I have a good start now.
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