With the exception of my marriage, I don't tend to stick with things all that long. So I'm quite pleased to report that tomorrow will mark five years since I started this blog, and my weight-loss journey. And I'm still going strong with both! Well, the weight-loss has turned into mostly maintaining that loss, but I've changed my eating habits drastically from where I was over five years ago, and that is why I've been able to keep most of the weight that I lost off. And blogging - wow. I started this blog to have a record of how hard I was working to get the weight off, so I could go back and be reminded of the effort and hopefully not return to my old ways of eating. I never thought it would blossom into what it is today, and for that, I have you, my readers, to thank.
Today, five years after I started what I hoped would be my last diet, I'm a normal-sized person. I haven't had to shop at Lane Bryant for years (and I finally seem to be off their mailing list, lol). Not only do I exercise regularly, but I don't think twice about doing something as simple as going for a walk or climbing a flight of stairs. Losing over 100 pounds has changed my life in ways I never could have anticipated, because I was overweight for so long that I kind of forgot that it was possible for me - ME - to join in so many fun activities. I'm the same person I've always been, but now I'm also the person I used to only envision.
In previous anniversary posts, I've posted my before-and-after pictures. Here's two befores that I've never posted, and they're pretty awful. But I think it's important to not only celebrate the body that I have today, but to also remember where I was - the saying "Those who cannot remember the past are condemed to repeat it" is very applicable to me. Apologies for the poor quality - these are scans, as they were taken before the digital camera era.
This is me in 1998 - 10 years before I started my diet
Taken during our trip to Washington D.C. - I thought I was going to die with all the walking we did.
This is me in 2003 - 5 years before I started my diet