My weight loss journey started just ten months ago, when I woke up FAT in Florida.
This week I had the chance to be back in Sarasota, and I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic and PROUD of taking those emotions, feelings of disgust, depression and discontent with my physical self, and turning them into a major life change.
Yes, I have lost -96.6 pounds, but I’m as proud, if not a little more, of the emotional changes in my life.
My weight loss made me more compassionate, as I let down my own guard and shared support and encouragement with others on the same journey.
My weight loss has made me more confident, which enables me to stand up for myself when others say or do things that are hurtful to me.
My weight loss has made me a better partner. Mr. Big will tell you I am more in tune with our relationship, and we take time to cook together and communicate more than we used to. We also actively seek out activities we can share. Biking, gym time, dancing, you name it.
Losing the physical baggage removed any obstacle holding me back from chasing my dream of working in New York City. I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up, but I was confident in my ability to work in a highly competitive market and was rewarded with a job far above where I thought I was!
So my takeaway from this trip to Florida is that I am prepared to finish my weight loss in 2015. I need to buckle down on the weekend eating/drinking and get to work seriously in my core and circuit training. I can take off these last 23.4 pounds in four months, I know it.
They say the hardest part is maintenance, but I’m telling you the emotional ramifications of losing nearly 100 lbs, of being perceived differently by others and even my own self-conscious, is HARD. I have some serious work do to on my emotional progress over the next four months just to get ready for maintenance.
But I can, and I will!