This time next week, I will be on a plane headed to Las Vegas. And I am really looking forward to it! And next month, we are off to Aurba to spend several glorious days in the sun and sand. And I could not be more excited about it. I’m thrilled because we were in Aruba in March of last year, and it was beautiful. But my foot was broken and my body was over 75 pounds more than it is now so it was hard to walk the beautiful grounds and impossible to walk in the sand.
Last Summer, when I had lost 27 pounds, it was soooo much easier to walk in the sand than it had been in the Bahamas the year prior. Seriously, after losing 27 pounds, walking in the sand was doable. And I’m really excited about Aruba this year because I’ve lost enough to see a huge difference in my ability to walk on the sand. And I cannot wait to feel the difference in my body as I splash around in the ocean and walk on the sand.
Today, I was looking at a friend’s before and after photos. She has lost 185 pounds and kept it off for several years, and she looks amazing. On one of her photos, she mentioned that she felt so thin in a picture in which she was still substantially overweight. And I understand how she felt then. Obviously, to the world I’m not skinny yet – far from it, in fact. But inside my own head and my own body I feel lighter, more flexible and incredibly more agile. I say this a lot, and it’s true – you do not have to reach your goal to start feeling like a new person! 🙂
I should lose 12 to 15 pounds more before we go to Aruba. And it will be so much fun to lay in the sun again knowing that I have changed on the inside. And knowing that my outside is starting to change too! And that if I keep living the lifestyle that I’m enjoying now, I’ll feel even better on next year’s tropical vacation. =)
I am proud of myself for not hiding while I’m overweight. I’m proud of myself for laying on the beach or playing in the pool even when my weight left me feeling so self-conscious that I had to laugh so I wouldn’t cry. But I am most proud of the fact that I have changed on the inside. And those changes have started to show on the outside. It’s a long road folks, but I wouldn’t miss this journey for anything!
Vacation…here I come!