Celebration. It's a word that I take very seriously. When I turned thirty in May, I wasn't bummed about another decade slipping away. Instead, I threw myself a huge party, complete with Caribbean food and salsa dancing. I had worked really hard up to that point and lost thirty pounds, a huge accomplishment that I had been working on for over a year (but in the back of my mind I was still slightly miffed that it wasn't the sixty I had set out for). That night, my boyfriend of five years proposed to me. It was a magical moment I will never forget. We celebrated into the night with birthday cake and countless mango mojitos A few weeks later, I was a few pounds heavier. No matter, I was on cloud nine and ready to plan my wedding.
Fast forward and we are celebrating July 4th, my dog's birthday, a night off work...heck, I even recruited my friend Amber to help me celebrate moving out of my old place. We cracked open a few bottles of wine and a bag of chocolate chip cookies and cleaned the grossest tubs she (ok we) had ever seen.
As I thought about how to introduce myself to you on this day, the first of 2010, the word celebration came to mind over and over. My life is all about ups and downs and I am not ashamed to admit I celebrate the "ups". However, feeding my soul (and my mouth) in times of joy and times of stress is not exactly admirable, although I have a feeling you will agree it's a normal part of life. I have gained ten pounds back of that hard earned thirty since May. My already bought wedding dress (which was a size too small by my doing, on purpose, at the time of purchase) is sitting at the bridal shop begging me to be sensible.
There is so much to share with you, but I will tell you this to start: I am a normal girl with big plans. I have five part-time jobs, a trainer that kicks my butt every Tuesday, a passion for holistic nutrition coupled with an evil carb tooth, and a love of helping others. As we embark on this journey together, I am filled with awe and very humbled that I may offer even a smidge of inspiration to other women (and men!) struggling with similar issues. Maybe you are nothing like me, but will find that we do, indeed, have something in common.
My plan is to start today, like many of you, and take it a day at a time. My life is crazy and it's hard to imagine fitting in just one more thing, but my desire to not only lose weight but better my life as a whole will keep me going, and I hope you will join me in my path to wellness. I have many things to take care of, not just my body, which you will learn as we progress through the year. I have put band-aids over wounds requiring stitches. I have neglected some important things because I have been busy doing for others or trying to pay bills. Yes, those things are important but I know I need to make time for me.
2010 will be a year filled with celebrations. This time, I hope it will be because of things I have done to improve my life. I'm sure I will pop the proverbial bubbly a time or two (hello...my wedding!), and no doubt Domino's will come a-calling once or twice. But at the end of the year, I intend to be fitter, healthier, and happier. So cheers us in 2010. We are who we are. We're just going to get better.
Published On: January 01, 2010