In 2009 I:
- Lost 40 pounds. Okay, it's not my goal of 52 (which I technically still have a week left to complete), but it's still pretty darn fantastic. I have lost a total of 50 pounds!
- Discovered I love to exercise. When I began this journey, I never expected to enjoy my daily trips to the gym, dance floor, or grassy hiking hill. I thought exercise is what skinny people did, and I sure as heck don't come from a skinny family - so that sure couldn't be me! Yet, I really like my early morning routine of dancing on the elliptical. It's relaxing, helps me focus my day's intentions, and gives me more energy during the day.
- Learned how to balance carbohydrates, protein, and other nutrients, and learned what a 400 calorie meal looks like. This is by far the hardest part of this year. Eating correctly is a huge challenge for me. My family lives for food, and I definitely appreciate all things unhealthy. But I've muddled through it by using my calorie counters and trying to make good choices. It's not going to taste as good as being thin feels.
- Was inspired. I am so grateful to have friends on the road with me who inspire me. Many are also on this weight loss journey, and they have helped and supported me through this all. And they're all so amazing!
- Lowered my resting heart rate. This is simply something I've noticed while on the elliptical - my heart rate has been slowly lowering despite increasingly intense workouts. I am happy to say my weight loss journey is making me healthier all the way around!
- Can now shop in "normal" sized stores. This was a BIG one for me. I am now the largest size they have, but it doesn't matter! I am learning to be stylish and appreciate my new shape. I can't wait to be able to shop at the various San Francisco boutiques!
- Dropped from a size 21 to size 14. As the fat has melted away, my curves have become more curvy. I am now able to shop at the stores, and feel great about my strong body. I look forward to it being stronger and looking even better.
- I have collar bones and other hidden features. Who knew that I was missing parts of my body? From calves to cheek bones, it's amazing what is coming into focus as I lose weight. Including a smaller belly button!
- I feel healthier. I didn't know that you weren't supposed to have a stomach ache after each meal - I thought that's how your stomach told you that your body was full! I am learning my body's needs and limits through this process, and it makes me appreciate my flexibility, stamina, strength, balance, and digestion much more than I ever have before. I simply feel better and healthier!
Happy new year!