November 15, 2016

My Health Journey in 2016

Greetings, my lovely internet family.

*Just a note, this is my last post for 2016. After quite a bit of pondering, I've decided to give myself a break for the rest of the year, and until the beginning of February. I love this blog, but I'd also love a holiday vacation. ;) So, I'm going to sign out here until February of 2017. Thanks for hanging around here this year, and I'll see y'all on the flip side. Cheers!

Now, back to what I originally intended to post today. Might as well go out with a bang. Why not?

This is certainly a post I never thought I would write... let alone publish to the world wide web. It's been sitting in my drafts folder since the beginning of this year (2016). I've mentally fought with myself for ages about whether I should put this "out there," since the topic of is one of those things I consider very, very personal - one that I never intended to share in great detail (if at all) but ultimately think I should.

Starting in the latter half of 2015, I noticed that a Facebook friend of mine began sharing her efforts (and let's be honest, tremendous successes) in fitness and weight loss. I didn't really start paying attention to her exploits until I began taking my own steps to lose the weight I needed to, and she became an inspiration. I looked forward to seeing her progress. If she could persevere and bring her strength and fitness to an extraordinarily different level, surely I could lose the extra thirty I was carrying around. Besides the grace of God and my wonderful boyfriend's encouragement, her story was one of the strongest things that helped keep me on track. Rock on, girlfriend.

I was moderately vocal about this on Instagram, but mostly for the purpose of forcing myself to follow through, thinking I'd be less likely to flunk this if people would see my failure. Thank goodness the fear of public humiliation outweighed my desire to give up.

I don't intend to preach or morph into some kind of health guru, and neither am I trying to tell anyone how they should look or weigh or eat or exercise. That much should be obvious to anyone. This is my story, and if sharing it can help just one other person as my friend's story helped me, well... I might as well go for it.

Okay. Deep breath.