What do these four images have in common?
If you guessed they all have pink in them, well, you’d be right. But that’s not the answer I’m looking for.
What these four images have in common is that they all represent the number four. And what is so danged important about the number four that it should be so honored?
Because this very week, I am passing four years of maintenance living! Back in October 2008, I reached my goal range and have stayed pretty danged close to it ever since. Go, ME!
This year, thanks to my recent indulgent and fantastic vacation, I’m probably not as close to goal as I’d like. Probably. I have no idea, because my scale is in the bedroom closet with a dead battery I keep forgetting to replace. But that really doesn’t matter, because as I learned along the way, my ultimate goal wasn’t a specific weight, but a way of living.
I eat mostly healthy foods most of the time.
I exercise regularly and enthusiastically.
I work to keep a positive mindset and to live in a state of gratitude.
And if I want to get all superficial, I’m still wearing my “goal weight” clothes. Never mind that I’m a bit muffin-y; that will come back off now that I’m not zipping around the mountains and highways. Or it won’t. It’s not that important in the greater scheme of LIFE.
While I’m proud of defying statistics and getting through another year of maintenance, I’m even happier with the progress I’ve made this year in achieving peace with my body. I’m not completely there yet, but I’m so much closer than I was before. And I’m grateful.
Needless to say, I didn’t get here on my own. Many of YOU were here along the way providing encouragement and support. You share your stories and your wisdom and help guide me closer to the place I want to be. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Last year I gave myself treats to celebrate, but this year I’d like to give YOU a treat instead. In this video, singer-songwriter Meghan Tonjes deals with some youtube “fat-hate” in a way that lifted my heart and has me celebrating ALL of me. Muffin-y midsection included.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to treat yourselves to it and that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Since I’ve seen it already, I’m going to treat myself to an early bedtime.