Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Look what I can do!

I was trying to come up with something profound to blog about, but nothing seems to be coming to me.

So I’ll talk about the little things.

The other day I was sitting and chatting with a friend when I looked down and noticed something: I was crossing my legs! I can’t remember the last time I could do that.

Then Sunday I was kneeling at church (you know us Catholics with our stand up-sit down-kneel aerobics) and noticed that for the first time in a long time, I wasn’t leaning back against the pew. I used to kind of half-kneel, half-lean because my knees couldn’t take it.

Today, I wanted a salad from Chick-Fil-A. My car is dangerously low on gas, so I walked there with a few co-workers. And I only whined a little bit about the heat.

For the past few years as I’ve gotten heavier and heavier, little things like crossing my legs, kneeling, walking or even standing too long was like torture. And now I’m noticing that some of these little things were actually big things that really affected my life.

My fabulous sister-in-law suggested I take a cruise when I hit my 100-pound goal. I love that idea. I went on my first-ever cruise last October for my dear friend Lara’s bachelorette weekend. Though I had a great time celebrating with friends, I was also at my most self-conscious and miserable. Every walk back to our room seemed like miles. I didn’t want to go to the pool because I hated my body so much. I was completely aware every single moment of how heavy I was and how much I loathed myself for it.

So to celebrate a weight-loss milestone with another cruise seems perfect. Plus, it gives me something to work toward, if losing 100 pounds wasn’t enough. Stay tuned for Cruise Watch 2010 (or maybe 2011—time will tell).

How are you going to celebrate your next milestone?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm cruising with you!

kmellis1 said...

I am going to wear all of those cute clothes I have stored away for that day....

Thanks for this blog Erika. You are an inspiration to me!

Casa de Nagel said...

that is awesome erika! i love the cruise idea too. A MUST!

CD said...

I think that you definitely need to reward yourself with a cruise!! And you are over HALF way there! That is amazing!!! What fun to be able to cross your legs and fully kneel - your blog is an inspiration, Erika - for weight loss, yes - but for so much more as well - you are so REAL and so forthcoming with your thoughts, insecurities, triumphs, set backs, happiness, etc. - the world needs more people like you - I'm glad you are sharing yourself so openly with everyone - Next time you walk to Chick-Fil-A, call me - I'll walk with you!

LT said...

I'm going with you. I'm so not joking. You know I love a vacation girl!

Nancy T. said...

I'd say the little things are pretty darn profound. A cruise sounds like a great idea.

Mary Anne said...

I want to cruise, too! My first and only cruise was 24 years ago, before you were born. HA. Probably the last time I dieted successfully. But I'm working on it now, and I'm appreciating the inspiration and the beautiful writing.

D.Stark said...

We are kindred spirits Erika. I'm coming on the cruise with you! You motivate me every time I read your blog!

kicks said...

Dude, can I come too?

Systa Soul said...

OMG! Can I tag along?! Please!!