Dang. Three years ago I started this blog - actually three years and one week ago (let's just say I've been a little busy, hence the late post). Back on May 14, 2008, all I knew is that I was ready to lose weight, and I wanted to write about it so that I'd remember how hard I'd worked at losing it and hopefully, would not do the traditional regain dance that I knew too well. Long story short, I lost over 100 pounds and have mostly kept it off for over a year and a half now.
Here's where I am today, three years later. As you all know, it's been a bit of a rough year since January, what with my ankle injury, losing my main (and favorite) form of exercise - running - and all the planned races for the Spring, and then, of course, my mom's cancer diagnosis and subsequent surgery and recovery. A lot was going on, both emotionally and physically. I've had to completely change my workouts - and I haven't been as strict with my eating as I probably should be. But you know what? Even though my ankle is (still) not healed, I feel strong. I feel healthy. I feel good about myself, even with not quite fitting into my Bermuda shorts from last summer. I like who I am, and I like how I live my life.
I've learned so much about myself in these last three years. I've become more secure in knowing that at the end of the day, it's ME who has put in the effort (or not), and it's ME who will see the results (or not). I've heard a lot of opinions, I've gotten the emails, I've read many, many blogs where they do things a different way - one that works for them. But this is me, and I've gained the confidence to know what is right for me. How I lost weight may not be right for you - heck, it probably isn't. If you get anything from reading about my journey, I hope it's that it IS possible to make a major change in your life, no matter what your age or circumstances.
Clockwise from top left: May 08, May 09, May 10, May 11. And look - I'm STILL thin!!! It's amazing to me that I've kept the weight off!!!
Over the past three years, I've made some wonderful, supportive friendships through blogging. I've been lucky enough to meet a couple of you in person, talk with a couple others on the phone, and exchange personal emails with many more. I want you all to know how much I appreciate your taking the time to come here and read my blatherings, and leave me comments and be so supportive, especially during this rough start to my year. You have been there through my victories (anybody remember when I finally conquered my nemesis, the box jump?), and my defeats (no half marathons for me this Spring), my celebrations and my worries. As a token of my appreciation, I am doing a giveaway of my homemade granola - just a little something, made with love, by me, for you. Well, three of you, anyway, because it's my three-year blogiversary - get it? LOL. This is open to everyone worldwide since I'm doing the shipping. Anyone who comments is entered - but please be sure your email is either linked or listed in the comment so I can contact you if you win. Winners will be chosen by random.org and I'll post them on Friday. Good luck, and thank you again for all of your support!