|March 31, 2012|
But what I love most about this photo is what you can’t see -- the person behind the camera, my daughter. She is the most amazing person, full of energy and drive, one of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet. She knows no fear, only the challenge of going for whatever she wants. On the way home that night, she said, “Let’s go to the gym tomorrow.” Thinking about the numbers I had seen on the scale that morning, I said, “sure, let’s go!” And so we went. It was great. It felt good to get moving and fun to do it together. And when we were done, she said, “let’s try and go every day this month.” And so we did. Most days we both went, but she is also a dancer and is in classes or teaching classes every night from about 4-9pm, so some nights she couldn’t make it. But she got me started, and cheered me on so that even if she couldn’t go, I didn’t want to miss. She inspired me to start working out, and to keep working out. And eight months later, I’ve lost 48 lbs. and she is still my favorite cheerleader!
It’s still hard for me to look back at old photos and see where I was. When I started this journey, I didn’t take a “before” picture. I probably didn’t want to jinx myself. I never thought about where I’d end up, I was always just looking at the next step. But when someone asked, I remembered we had taken a photo that night. I’m really glad this is my “before” photo, no mirror shot of me in unflattering gym clothes with a sad look on my face. For me, I could have never taken that first step from a place of self-loathing. I know now, it had to be from a place of happiness, a place of love, and a place where my best cheerleader was right there to capture the moment. I am grateful for her every day.
|November 24, 2012|