Wednesday, January 4, 2012

4 years and counting

September 2007 - yeah, that's me.

New Year's resolutions get a lot of flack.  And rightfully so.  How many of us have flaked on a new resolution in the first week of the year?
But it just takes one resolution to completely change your life.  And for every new year's promise I've ever broken, well ... they've all been worth it for that one that I kept.

Four years ago today, I made the choice to change my life.  I walked into Weight Watchers for the very first time and made a commitment to myself, my health and my future.  My resolution was actually not to lose weight.  It was to get healthy.  And find control.  If nothing else, I desperately needed to stop gaining weight.

I truly had no idea if it was going to work.  Or if I was capable of making it work.  But lo' and behold, I lost 30 pounds that year and have managed to keep it off since.  It's still a choice I make everyday.  And some days, I don't make the better choice, but in the end, I've learned to be in control of food, my body and overall well-being. (Like 80% of the time - but it turns out that's all it really takes!)

Beyond losing weight, the experiece of gaining a healthy lifestyle resonated through every aspect of my life.  A year and a half after joining Weight Watchers, I quit my full-time job (one that I had grown to hate with every fiber of my being) and took a leap of faith in a different direction - something I never would have had the confidence to do pre-2008.  After all, I had spent 6 years at that job.  Oh, and I also started a little blog that year - which has brought such amazing experiences and incredible people into my life!

Over the last four years, I have had more victories, self-discoveries and moments of pure self-satisfaction that I could have dreamed possible.  It all sounds so trite and candy-coated, but I can barely put into words what the experience has done for me.  I could once barely run to the end of my street (seriously, I used to try and it always ended in a near-death experience), and I'm currently training for my second half-marathon.  On New Year's Eve, I ran a 5K with a personal best time that I never imagined I could do.  And I spend a fair amount of time comfortably rolling around in booty shorts and fishnets.  Something that would have seemed completely foreign to me four years ago.  Even though these have been all new experiences, they somehow make me feel more like myself than I ever have before!

This is not a post to brag about what I've done or to guilt you into losing weight or anything of that effect.  My intent is to inspire and motivate you to grab you life my the horns and make it everything that you want.  Our health is one of the most precious gifts we have - when it's under control, everything else is so much easier.

So, if this is the year you want to resolve to lose weight, work out more or adopt a healthier lifestyle ... what are you waiting for?!  Make it happen!  I say this on a weekly basis (after all, it is my job, now), but I'll say it again: If I can do it, anyone can do it.  You will never ever regret it!

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