The only journey is the journey within
Again, I feel like it's been awhile since I wrote an update on my story. It still boggles my mind that people are interested but it's so fun for me so, thank you so much for reading!
I really believe journey is accurate word to describe what I've been doing and what I'm currently doing with my life. No one can make these changes for me. If I'm going to do this, I have to do it myself. And my journey isn't the same as anyone else's adventure through life. We are all unique. When I look back on the transformation I've made in the last 10 months, I just can't even remember the person I used to be. There's this picture that was sent to me by a family friend. It was hard for me to even look at it. But, I will post it here to show everyone what you can truly accomplish if you set your mind to something. The top half is from December 2012 and the bottom half is from the end of November of 2013.
Over the last couple of weeks, I've taken my nephew on a train ride, decorated my Christmas tree and done lots of other fun things. Know what? It's a lot easier to carry all the Christmas decorations upstairs with 90+ less pounds on my body! I decided I wanted to make a sweet potato dish for Thanksgiving. I did a trial run the Sunday before and I was amazed at how well it turned out. Of course, the recipe wasn't that complicated but everyone who ate it said they were really good which made me so happy. Maybe this whole cooking thing is only a few years away... :)
The day before Thanksgiving my mom and I always go shopping for Christmas presents. We've never been Black Friday shoppers but we really enjoy going on Wednesday. It was amazing to me how much more energy I had as we kept going from store to store. We had a blast and I loved spending time with her.
Anytime there is a lot of food around, I always get a little concerned. But, for some reason, I wasn't overly concerned about Thanksgiving. I think I knew I was going to indulge some and, that's okay. But, I didn't go crazy with the snacks and stuff and I only had one helping at dinner. I even ate dessert! I enjoyed every bite but resisted the urge to bring any home with me :) It's all about making the right choices for yourself.
On Friday afternoon I decided to go out and do a little shopping once the crowds died down. I ended up at Old Navy where the entire store was 50% off. I decided to try on a pair of skinny jeans...which I've never worn before. I couldn't believe it when I put them on - they actually looked good! I was so excited that I didn't know what to do with myself so I just kept smiling!
The rest of the weekend was fun, I went to an anniversary party and did my best with food. I also watched my niece and nephew for a few hours on Sunday and we had a blast as usual. I love being a part of their lives.
Going back to work after a few days off is never easy, for anyone. But, I can honestly say, this year, for the first time in a few years, it wasn't bad. I was looking forward to seeing my co-workers and getting another week started. Absolutely unbelievable what can happen when you love your job and work with such fun people! They are all amazing at their jobs but know how to have fun, which I enjoy more than I think anyone knows.
I have been going to Boot Camp and it's been so much fun. Within the last 2 weeks I've only lost a pound but I'm okay with it. As I get smaller, I know I am going to continue slow down with the weight loss, so I've gotta find some other goals :)
Just for fun - Here's a picture of me in my skinny jeans :)
There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
I can't believe how true this is - and I love it!