You might have noticed the little weight loss ticker on the right of my blog. Well, it is soon to disappear because, drum roll please, I've lost 34 lbs.
Here are my before and after pictures.
For the first time in ten years, losing weight is not one of my New Year's goals. For the first time in 10 Christmas's I wasn't struggling into my "good" clothes and wondering if I would be able to sit down because my pants were too tight. For the first time in 10 years I don't have to face the scale at Weight Watchers with dread for my first weigh in of the New Year.
What made the difference? A couple of things. A change in attitude. I ditched the perfectionist, all or nothing attitude and accepted that I was going to do the weight loss journey for the entire year. No more being disappointed at the slow progress. I was doing it until it was done. I wasn't giving up no matter what.
I also had the support and commitment of a good friend. We both said we would show up for those Friday morning meetings. Of course, life and work got in the way a few times but we didn't let more than a week or two go by before we got back to the meetings. Even when we knew the scale wasn't going to be our friend we jumped on it (ok, maybe we tentatively climbed on it and held our breath) and started again. Thanks AG for all the help and support. Couldn't have done it without you.
Of course, this journey is far from over but maintaining the weight loss is a different challenge. So, 2010 is a year of honoring myself by keeping my body healthy and strong. No matter how the world treats me, I will treat myself with respect and kindness.
Tomorrow, Sat, I'm over on healthywriter.blogspot.com talking about healthy eating.