Friday, August 20, 2010

Now and then, then and now

Forgive me. You didn’t know after I blogged every day last week that you’d have radio silence from me this week, did you?

I had to go out of town unexpectedly at the beginning of the week and have spent the rest of it catching up. I fully planned to write at least a couple of times, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.

But I’m here now.

I thought I’d do a little comparison today. I was just thinking about where I was then and where I am now.

This time last year:

  • Refused to participate in the wellness fair
  • Would never have joined a departmental wellness challenge
  • Had no idea what I weighed
  • Battled with an addiction I thought I’d never overcome
  • Barely moved body from the couch
  • Would not have thought about discussing my weight issues with strangers
  • Felt trapped and hopeless

This time this year:

  • Was the first member of my team to sign up for the wellness fair (I went yesterday. More on that next week.)
  • Am a team captain for my departmental challenge
  • Know my weight (to the ounce) and am watching it go down
  • Can say I’ve worked hard to overcome my addiction, although it will always be a struggle
  • Exercise at least five days a week
  • Share what I used to think were my deepest, darkest secrets with all of you
  • Feel hopeful and free

I found my Strong4Life binder from a few years ago. I, of course, dropped out. I just wasn’t ready, I guess. But I found a piece of paper on which I had listed my hoped-for future successes. I wrote:
  • Weight loss
  • Food under control/recognize food as fuel
  • More active
  • Freedom
So far, so good.

Have a great weekend, friends. I’m looking forward to writing a little more next week.


Anonymous said...

Frame that piece of paper. : )

CD said...

You have come SO FAR!!!! It has been awesome to go through this journey with you. Congratulations on having changed your life for the better!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You continue to be such an inspiration to so many; keep up the great work! I am proud of you!

Amanda Wooden said...

Milestones....all of these so very important to maintained weight loss. YOU'VE ARRIVED, ERICA!!

CD said...

You are doing awesome!!! YOu have come SO FAR - it's amazing!!! You are an inspiration!

constance said...

I'm so so proud of you Erica.keep it up.
can i see your picture before and now?