I am so grateful for all of the support I’ve gotten from each and every one of my fantastically awesome readers this year. This blog, and some of the accomplishments I’m about to list wouldn’t exist without you!!! Words can’t fully express the gratitude I feel — if I could hug you in person, I would. Thank you.
Some of us wanted to simply maintain the weight we lost. In February, I celebrated losing 50lbs over the course of about 8 months, and although I did teeter-totter up & down about 5-10lbs throughout the year, I am ending the year right at that 50lb lost mark. Sure, the first half of the weight came off because of mono, but the 2nd half was due to my change in attitude over food… and life. Losing 50lbs is definitely an accomplishment I am proud of; the fear of gaining the weight you worked so hard to lose is a heavy weight to carry. But I didn’t obsess about it, I just monitored my weight on a weekly basis and if it went up, I really focused on eating smaller portions, being active, and my weight would shift appropriately.
* I maintained my weight after a decade of yo-yoing up & down… ok, mainly up.
* I started practicing yoga in a studio again.
* I celebrated my first blogiversary — and that same day I was knocked out while having a growth on my foot removed surgically. I had to stay off my feet for 3 weeks — not a huge accomplishment, but the growth was cancer-free, and I maintained my sanity… and enjoyed wearing sandals again!! Even little victories should be celebrated!
Life is truly a roller-coaster ride: sometimes it’s more fun than you imagined, sometimes you feel like you could fall out or vomit. Other-times, you want to find a way to exit because it’s too damn scary! There are surprises, twists & turns. Whether your arms are up with excitement, or you’re white knuckling your way through, holding on for dear life… my wish to all of you is to ride the roller-coaster with your eyes wide open, and find a way to scream with joy — or fear, for that matter — through it all. Don’t keep your emotions inside. Express yourself. Life is too short to sit on the sidelines, watching the roller-coaster of life fly by.