Looking back over the last few years I realize that I’ve spent a lot of time standing on the sidelines because of how I look. Don’t get me wrong. I still spent a lot of time doing fun things, but now I see that more often than not there was a tinge of hesitance brought on by the fact that I’m overweight.
There are still certain activities that I cannot do like ride a roller coaster or a go cart. But there’s so much that I can enjoy, and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed all kinds of activities this weekend.
I went to an outdoor wedding, a BBQ/pool party and a bar Mitzvah among other things. And today, while I was drinking champagne and dancing the day away with my boyfriend, I realized that I didn’t really care what the people around me thought. And I began to notice that many around me were acting carefree and silly too. And Saturday, while I was in the pool, we were all so busy having fun that I didn’t have time to feel self-conscious.
I still have a long way to go on my weight-loss journey, but after losing 47 pounds I KNOW that I can do it. And accomplishing what I have accomplished so far has given me a sense of empowerment. If you know me on a personal level, then you know I’m already very confident in other parts of my life. But it is such an amazing feeling to feel good about jumping around on the dance floor and doing flips in the pool with friends.
Several weeks ago I heard a quote that has had quite an impact on me.
“A year from now you’ll probably wish you had started today.”
I am so excited to look back next April to see how far I’ve come. I have already gained so much by losing weight, and I know it’s going to keep getting better.
Life is a gift, but it’s not going to wait for us to feel perfect about ourselves. Time moves quickly, and we can either embrace it or miss out on it forever. I choose to enjoy as much of it as possible. And by living a healthy lifestyle, I’m doing what I can to be sure I enjoy it as long as possible.