January is wrapping up and I notice people falling away from their New Year’s Resolutions. It’s the natural course of life….make a resolution, hit it hard for about 3 days then spend the rest of January wondering how you will make it through the rest of the year without guilt.
It’s very similar to Monday, when we all say we are going to start our diet. Eat all you can on Sunday because come Monday the diet starts, as if it’s got magical powers. Wouldn’t that me nice, magi Monday? The truth is, no matter when you change your life, it’s just God and plain old determination that will carry you to the finish line.
(what is it about a sports metaphor that makes me feel like I can do anything?)
And so I decided to change my life one Thursday last summer. No fanfare or Facebook frenzy. I just put down the french fries and never looked back.
No more diet soda, no more cookies, no more mac ‘n cheese. I could write a sad, I-miss-my-baby, kind of country song about it. Except I don’t really miss it all that much. I know. It surprises me too.
And I surely don’t miss having my stomach in my way when I need to pick something up off the floor or not being able to go up a flight of stairs. In fact, I made a list of things I can now do that I couldn’t do then.
1. Cross my legs
2. Wear clothes from the regular section of the store
3. Wear a belt
4. Run 2 miles
5. Keep up with my kids’ activities
6. See the sunrise every morning (which is about my exercise of course, not really the weight)
7. Be glad to have my picture taken
8. Not feel guilty because I don’t take care of myself
9. Ride roller coasters (although I haven’t tested this one yet)
10. Bless others with my journey
Since last July I have lost 75 pounds. No one is more shocked than I am that this has happened. It felt impossible, but here I am. And I am telling you YOU CAN DO IT TOO!!!
And it’s not even Monday.
Here are a few of my posts on my journey:
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