I've been reading all your blogs reflecting on 2008 and thought to myself that I should do that too, not for you, for me. Cara's the one that really got me to thinking about my ups and downs and I need to voice them to get them out of my system.
I left 2007 behind weighing 209. It took me 6 months to shed 40 pounds to get to that point. I didn't look at the stats then or even give them much thought. And I think that was the wrong way of looking at the life of becoming slimmer and healthier. So that mistake won't be made again this year.
I got complacent in 2008. I guess I figured that first 40 pounds came off so easily that the rest would be easy too. Boy did I ever get a rude awakening. "The proof is in the pudding," so they say because I just looked back on my stats and found that in a whole year of 2008 I only lost 27.5 pounds. What? Why only 27.5 pounds? Because I got too sure of myself. I got too proud. I got too bored. I got sick of skinless/boneless chicken.
By March I'd only lost ~10 pounds. Then I discovered YOU! Cara kept telling me that it was awesome to blog and find out that there are others out there that have the same struggles I have. I balked at first and told her I had nothing to say and finally gave in and found out that there are people out there in this wide, wide world that struggle just like me (well, not JUST like me but struggle just the same). Without YOU I probably would have given up and quit this journey to one-derland (to borrow a word from Charlie). YOU have given me strength! Without YOU I would be a lonely, lonely old lady (and I use that word loosely). YOU have gotten me through these last 9 months!
Oh, I still stumbled and I even fell on my rump a time or two, but because of YOU I got back up and dusted off my rear and got back on the horse. Because of YOU I have discovered that I can do it! Mostly because I've watched some of you stumble and fall as well. Your inspirations and lives that you have shared with me have given me strength to start the new year with a positive attitude and a new outlook on life.
So, that's my New Years Resolution. I won't get complacent with this journey. Oh, I'm sure I'll stumble a time or three and probably fall some along the year, but.......I won't give up.
The highlights of my 2008 are YOU! Thank all of YOU for sticking by me. Thank all of YOU for reading the ramblings of an old chick! Thank all of YOU for commenting and trying to encourage me! Thank all of YOU for sharing your piece of this world! Thank all of YOU for being YOU!!!
Did you know that YOU are awesome?