Monday, December 31, 2012

Final thoughts on the year 2012, my first year of an active lifestyle

As the light of my last Christmas candle for the year is burning out, I am reminiscing about 2012 and the adventures I had.  No, I didn't make any career moves. No, I didn't start a family. No, I didn't find a way to never have a huge pile of laundry that needs to be folded (Seriously, how do people keep up with laundry?) I went on a journey to be a better Erin. I made a commitment to make better choices and to spend more time with the man I love most (Chris). 

It all started with a Facebook picture.  The New Years festivities had ended, and the photos began to be uploaded.  Horrified at the way I looked, I asked my husband if he would start walking with me. He agreed, and we walked.     Here is the picture that started it all.  I. looked. horrible! 

Why did I post it? 

I have been debating my decision to post this picture for quite a while. I didn't WANT to put it on the internet for all to see. However, I feel that it is an important part of my journey. If this candid shot hadn't woken me up who KNOWS where I'd be. So, ... here you go. This is probably the worst photo of me (ever).   

Even though it is the worst photo of life, it inspired me to make small changes (like walking) and just look at some of the things I was able to accomplish. ..

By making small changes every day, I was able to:

1) Complete multiple 5K's
2) Complete a 10K
3) Host a Sporty birthday party
4) Lose over 50 pounds in 11 months
5) Connect with so many inspiring women 
6) Strengthen my relationship with my love
7) Register and train for a HALF MARATHON!!

Here I am in late December. 
I'm not where I want to be, but I'm happy with where I am. I have lost almost 60 pounds and gained the courage to chase my dreams. I have more energy, I have a desire to LIVE and share life. I pray that my story and my journey encourages and inspires others to live.  My journey wasn't always easy and at times the scale went the wrong direction. However, I didn't give up and I'm not going to give up. 

2012 was incredible and I can hardly wait to see what 2013 has in store for me! 

What are some of the highlights of 2012 for you?

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