"If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done." Unknown
Like every other year, my main goal in January of 2014 was to get my weight under control so that I could lead a more normal life and be a more productive member of society. Doing things that others do with out being embarrassed by my weight or being held back because of it.
By participating in the FIT Challenge, and eventually winning, it gave me the best gift I have ever received. More time on earth to spend with friends and family making priceless memories. That time is something you can not buy and is the sweetest and most precious gift of all.
One of the best things I am learning through out this journey is how to love myself and to be more confident in myself, in all aspects of life. Standing up for my actions and what I believe, regardless if somebody else agrees with me. Its okay for me to be different from others, and that is something I am starting to accept even when its hard.
Since I am now half of my size of what I was when I first started my weight loss, I am able to do a lot my things physically than what I was able to do before. Though my confidence at times hinders me, because I occasionally still see myself as the "Fat Girl", I still try to move forward in the right direction.
This week, it occurred to me that I am turning forty years old. Therefore, in honor of my upcoming birthday, and the changes that I have occurred the past year, I am going to attempt to do forty new things I have never done before. It does not matter what they are, it is just important to me that I start trying new things to fit into my new lifestyle as I try to figure out who the new me is now that I am physically able to do so much more in life now.
There are a lot of things I would like to try. Even if I fail at it or don't enjoy the experience, all that matters is that I am doing something new. Living life the way that it is meant to be. With people and to the fullest. Making memories and hopefully making a difference in other peoples lives.
The first new thing I am doing is meeting a friend of mine, and together we are going to paint a picture with a group of others in the community. It will be a great event where we get to socialize with others we don't know, and paint something pretty to bring home. Its a great way to meet new people and try new things.
I am hoping for many great new adventures as I take this step in my weight loss journey as I continue to expand the new possibilities that are out there.