Every year I celebrate in my own little way. All year long I realize I beat myself up and I am truly my own critic. It takes me looking at my before picture to really put things in perspective. Today, I made myself up putting on my most expensive red lipstick (MAC) and took my time looking at myself in the mirror not once criticizing the woman staring me back. I thought I would lose weight and be done with that part of my life and that's it. I've found that's not the case and it's a lifestyle change and it takes work and I'm nowhere done. I've got so much to do.
If I could tell my 27 year old self what to expect I would tell her what I tell everyone so...
I'll compile a list:
- Starting is the hardest part.
- Fear will cripple and destroy you. Fear nothing.
- My grandmother had in her classroom, "If at first you don't succeed...try try try again."
- Always have a GOAL, A PLAN, A BACKUP PLAN AND WILLPOWER.
- It won't be easy. Giving up is harder.
- Don't expect change overnight.
- Expect to fall down. Get back up.
- There will be bad days. They are necessary.
- Love yourself no matter.
- People will critique you and call you names.
- People will EXPECT you to FAIL.
- You can do it on your own.
- Keep running. It will get easier.
- Keep running. Get a good sports bra. You will run half marathons. You will run faster than you did as a kid.
- Failure is not an option.
- Take your health seriously like it's your job.
- You are the only person holding you back from achieving your goals.
- There are NO EXCUSES.
- YOU are never finished.
- YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
I lost two extraordinary women growing up. They barely made it to my current age. My cousin dropped dead of an enlarged heart. I wonder if she would have taken better care of herself and taken her health seriously would she still be here today to see her grandchildren?