Over the past few months I have managed to drop nearly thirty pounds and keep them off! While it’s great that I’m fitting my clothes better and not hiding underneath a jacket in 90 degree weather, the greatest feeling is that of comfort. I am only 5’3″ and USED to weigh nearly 190 pounds. Along with being too heavy for my height, my family history of diabetes was lurking behind me, waiting for one more pint of ice cream to snatch me up and take me too. For someone with such a small frame, the extra weight was physically weighing me down. Not just in my appearance, but in my confidence and in my spirit. I had a hard time believing in myself and finding the energy to push myself to the next level. I stayed inside. I made every excuse not to be interactive. And I ate those feelings, only adding to my problem. That person wasn’t me.
When I made up my mind that my weight needed to change, I didn’t realize that I was making a decision to change my life. I began to exercise daily and watch the food I ate. Yes, I still had occasional desserts and glasses of wine, but I limited the “bad” things in order to get back who I once was.
Before I noticed any physical change, I noticed the rise in my energy levels. I noticed my increased confidence with other areas in my life (my relationship with my fiance, my writing, etc.). I noticed my attitude changes about certain issues that would have otherwise made me feel depressed. And I began to smile again.
I’m not an advocate for starving oneself to fit model sized/sample clothing. In fact, I still enjoy foods that are not “good for you”, and I probably always will. But I’ve learned how to use moderation and keep the person who I really am happy. No matter what size you are, or weight, the most important thing is to be happy with yourself. Don’t allow stresses of the world to take away from the person you are destined to be. Live out the purpose for your life and do it happily. Then, my friends, you can live comfortable in your own skin.