Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Then vs. Now

I've hit a plateau in my weight loss progress, mostly because I'm working to enjoy the holidays. I haven't gained much, but I haven't lost either. I was feeling a little discouraged as I had hoped to hit my goal by the end of the year, so instead of fretting, I decided to remind myself of how far I've come.

This picture was taken last Christmas. I've never shown it to anyone as I hated it. I felt so awful physically last fall and, after seeing this, even on the little display on my camera, decided change was necessary. Later that night I weighed myself at my parents' house and, while I wanted to cry, instead let it be a driving force for change. That "straw that broke the camel's back" sort of thing.

Fast forward eleven months to Thanksgiving. I'm still at roughly the same weight as Thanksgiving; I also wanted to compare to another picture with my hair back to be "fair." Down 45 lbs with about 10 to go.

Yes, I still have about 10 lbs to go, but I think I've covered a lot of ground in the last 11 months. And I'm thankful for the stamina, diligence (I'm not so good with the diligence sometimes), and newfound love of fitness and healthy eating.

And since I am close to goal, I'll share the reward I plan to give to myself. A pretty dress (most likely on sale) from Anthropologie. Surprised? :)

Friday, December 16, 2011


I think pictures with Santa are slightly creepy.

Thousands of kids sitting on an unknown man's knee, spreading germs and taking pictures. Kinda creeps me out.

I've thought this for a while, but only recently verbalized said creepiness to my mom. She then let me know that I was afraid of Santa as a kid, so she only has one picture of me with him...and one with my dad dressed as Santa for an Officer's Club Christmas party (yes, we knew it was dad). Guess this has been a lifelong thought. I'd blame it on the creepy Santa in A Christmas Story, but obviously I didn't see that until I was older. Hmm...I don't know where this stems from.

Yes, I have issues.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sparkles & Bends

Um, could my nieces be any cuter in their sparkly pink TOMS?!?! Gift courtesy of my aunt, Amy. I can't wait to give them both hugs over Christmas!

Secondly, I'm in some serious need of this:

Well, my backbends are so not as graceful...I look more like a deformed animal, but you get the point. My back has been so stiff and achy this week! It's ready for some intense yoga-ing on Saturday, followed by lovely zumba.

Happy almost Friday! Today is insane for me, but will probably go fast, so that's nice. :) Can't believe it's almost Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2011


Donald Miller tweeted this picture this morning and, while seemingly simple, I thought it was actually quite profound, particularly for me.

I smiled when I read his line "I assume I'm a bother or a drain." Can I tell you how many times that exact thought, or something strickingly similar, has crossed my mind? I rarely think people want to talk to or hang out with me.

Challenged to reframe my thinking. And not in a prideful way, but in a Christ-honoring way.