I could choose to focus on the fact that within the past year only lost (and gained) about 4 pounds, but instead Im going to focus on what I have accomplished and how I have felt. True, I did choose at the time to try and make it to 150 and I havent tried to maintain rather lose, but the reality is, I lost the weight I wanted and stuck to it. That is pretty amazing.
I started out at 226 pounds and have managed to maintain just under 160 for a year. What a year it has been! Losing this weight really did "set me free" as my blog name indicates. I have felt so much comfortable in my own skin and really feel like myself - the true self that was always hiding. It feels wonderful to be healthy and know that my body may not be perfect, but its still pretty awesome.
I spent most of the past year trying to lose some more weight and while I wasnt as successful as I wanted, I placed so much more emphasis on exercise than I did the first year I was losing weight. I was lucky if I worked out once a week, and now I get about 5 days. For that, I am extremely proud of myself. I work so many hours and used to hate exercise, and I have turned it around so that now I find the time and really enjoy the exercises I choose.
I am really proud of what I accomplished this past year. Every day is still a challenge to make the best choices. I am sure as the years past it will get easier, but maybe not. I know just as easily that the weight can come back on if I dont work at this and work hard to keep up with eating right and exercise, but thats a lifestyle that Im willing to adopt for the rest of my life. Still, the more years I put behind me, the more confident I am that this IS me and not the person at 226 pounds. Im not planning to hide myself in the layers of weight that I used to every again.
I cant wait to see where I am in another year!
Edit: I thought I should add in some pics for good measure!