whew! the past year has been kind of a roller coaster. work was stressful on top of finishing up grad school. i inevitably gained weight. but it was more than i have ever gained. i was ashamed and embarrassed. i actually didn’t take any pictures for almost a year.
so needless to say, i had a lot of work to do. in november, i was fed up. i buckled down…just in time for the holiday season. ugh… but i made it through and maintained some semblance of balance.
by january, i felt really good and motivated. i was serious about my goals and made this mind map to help me maintain focus.
there were a few stumbles, of course, but now it’s almost june and i’ve lost 25 pounds. and i did it the right way. i ate well, made realistic plans each week, and exercised regularly. i didn’t starve myself, didn’t throw up, and didn’t give up. i feel better than i have in a couple years mentally and physically. i know there will be more slip ups. i might even gain a bunch back, who knows? but i know what i want and why i want it, and that’s keeping me focused right now.