I never ever imagined that I could call myself a runner, let alone someone who regularly exercised. I had given up. I had decided that I would always be overweight and there was nothing I could do about it. I had totally given up. This awakening of getting healthy and losing weight really is a life saving event. I can't imagine how my future has been altered by the good changes that I've made, but I hope they're good ones.
|My sister Kim, my 10 year old niece Alison and I.|
When I looked at the photo last week I realized how much I had changed. People often confuse my sister and I for each other. We are 2.5 years apart, but look very similar, especially when I have my hair curly. But I can see from this photo how much I've really changed. My neck is smaller. That's the first thing I noticed. The second thing that I noticed is that I ALWAYS stand sideways in photos! It's habit from being overweight and trying to make myself appear smaller. I want to start standing full on that camera and owning my new body.
The third thing? Never would I have imagined myself getting up on a Saturday to run/walk with my family. Never would I have imagined that it would be fun to walk and catch up with my sister. Never would I have imagined I'd be hearing my niece ask me to find a race in the spring that she could do with Pete and I and run the whole thing. These are things that I never would have thought would enter my life even 4 years ago.
It's photos like this that make me realize how far I've come.