Still Going Strong!

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Yep. The headline says it all: I'm still going strong, nearly two years into this journey. And what a journey it's been. As I write this, in mid-December 2014, I am within four pounds of a healthy BMI, for pretty much the first time ever. (I was at a healthy BMI for about five minutes before getting pregnant with my first child, back in 1988.) I have lost 19" from my hips, 13.5" from my waist and 12" from my bust -- and I've gone from a size 26/28 to a size 14 (and the size 14 is getting a little baggy, to be perfectly honest). 

But that's just the number on the scale. The scale can't measure how happy and healthy I feel. That's what I wanted when I set out on this journey back in mid-January of 2013: to experience greater health and happiness. What I hadn't counted on back then was how much I would come to love being physically active. My twice-daily walks help to boost my mood, reduce my anxiety, and fuel my overall feelings of wellness.

I've written two articles about my journey. The first appeared in the October 2014 issue of Canadian Living and featured a rather glamorous photo of me. (This is likely the one and only time in my life that I'll have the chance to play supermodel, so I'm sharing the photo spread with you.) The second article appeared on the Fitbit website when I was featured as a Fitbit Success Story. (As you may recall, I wear a Fitbit Flex exercise bracelet to encourage myself to log 10,000 or more steps each day.)

Thanks to blog reader Lillian, who encouraged me to write this update. It's something I've been meaning to do for a while and I was feeling more than a little guilty for not letting my community of supporters know that I'm not merely doing okay: I'm thriving. Thanks for your continued support, everyone. I really appreciate it.

 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Lao Tzu