So, I’m gonna keep this short and sweet.. Ish.
I’m going to tell you why I know that no matter what your goals are.. You can do it in 2012. I know you can. And I’m a pretty smart cookie, if I do say so myself.
Let’s start with a picture..
Yupp, that’s me. Three years ago. Shocking, right? That was my life for the majority of my life.. Overweight, awkward, unhappy. Hating myself and not knowing the way out.
Sure, I had friends in high school. A great group of friends. And, I was “the smart girl”. People liked me. I was nice. But, other people don’t make you happy all the time.. You have to love yourself to make yourself happy all the time.
At my heaviest, I estimate I weighed about 205 lbs. That’s a BMI of 33ish. That’s obese. Scary, right?
Sure, I had a lot of excuses, and I made those excuses all the time. I would tell myself that I “carried the weight well” or that “I had a large frame”. Uhhh.. There becomes a point where excuses don’t matter. And that’s where I was.
I graduated high school before finding myself. And in college, I made a change. And surprisingly, it was pretty damn easy to make that change.. Even though it was scary to commit to.
I was out on my own, and didn’t have my comfort home food anymore. My mom wasn’t there to cook for me. I was forced to eat things that I’d never before. And I decided to join the riding team (I rode A LOT as a kid and notsomuch in high school).
Magically.. I changed my life. Completely. The weight came off by itself.
I realized that there was more to life than I thought before. I got happier. I started going to the gym even! And.. I enjoyed it? What? A couple of years later, I started playing rugby and (as I result) running.. I used to hate sports and running. And now, I loved it! What??!!?
A total of two and a half years later, I’m planning a half marathon. And I’m the captain of the riding team. Yeah, two and a half years is a long time. But, changing your lifestyle is a permanent thing that you can do. That’s what I did, and I think that the new year is a perfect time to do it. Make a little change, and it could go a long way.
So, when you look at your resolutions this year, YOU CAN DO IT. I know you can. 2009 was the year when I made the big change, and now it’s almost 2012 and I’ve come a Hell of a long way. Will 2012 be your year?
2012 will be my year to..
Run my first race
Run a half marathon (and maybe a full??)
Improve my times and endurance
Be the best equestrian team captain I can be
Do my first three-day event
Play a new position in rugby
HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE GUYS!
What’s your resolution/change you’re making?
I wish you all the best.. See you in the New Year!
Also, remember.. The past is not that important. It’s what you make of it, what you learn from it, and how you change your future because of it.