I wouldn't have started blogging, and in the process, met so many wonderful people - and yes, I'm counting the online friendships as well as the in-person friendships. Since starting my diet and this blog, the size of my body has shrunk, but my world has expanded greatly.
I wouldn't have become a runner. I wouldn't have a half marathon medal and a bunch of race bibs hanging in my office. I wouldn't have had the confidence to go to the gym and swim for fitness. I never would have joined up with my trainer and flipped a tire, jumped on a high box or challenged myself the way that I did.
I'm grateful for the reprieve I seem to be receiving from my 20 year battle with food, dieting and weight gain. As with other addictions, I know that it is only a daily reprieve, based on the work that I put into it, but this has been the longest time I've ever gone, as an adult, at a normal weight. I look like a normal person from the outside. Inside? I know that deep down, I still have the ability to go on a food bender - and that was evidenced for several months last year when I was dealing with my ankle injury and my mom's illness. That said, I didn't throw all of my hard work away, and I was able to not lose my mind completely when it came to food, but that was a good reminder that I am not, nor will I ever be, cured of my tendency to be overweight.
Here's my journey, in pictures, from May 2008 to May 2012. Know what I see? Someone who, for the past 3+ years, has looked like a normal-sized person. Not a super-thin person, not a super-buff person, but just a plain old regular person. After two decades of being really overweight, I'll gladly take this. And I fully intend to keep doing what it takes to look like this for the rest of my life - that is a promise to myself.
Left - May 2008; Right - May 2009
Left - May 2010; Right - May 2011
Finally, I have to thank you, my sweet readers, for all of your support, comments and friendship over the last four years - I seriously don't think I would have been nearly as successful with my weight-loss journey had it not been for blogging, and therefore, you!