Thursday, January 8, 2009

Here's to 2009

I had hoped to privatise all previous entries, but can't seem to find how I can do that on blogger w/o actually deleting them, which I don't want to do. Buuuuut, instead of dwelling on the fact that I want to erase the proof that I successfully lost 50 pounds in 6 months in a healthy way, and then successfully gained it all back in the next year... I'll just move forward.

So, I'm back at it. I'm ready to take this blog to the level that it was when I started. That means regular posting, regular reading of others' blogs, and regular commenting. When I started this blog, I was planning a wedding. That was my motivation at the time for losing weight. I told myself it was just one of many reasons for losing weight, but let's be honest, it's a huge motivating factor when over a hundred people are going to have all eyes on you in your wedding dress. You want to look gooooood! That wedding didn't happen, but even after breaking it off, I continued to lose weight for a couple months. However, when I entered into my current relationship, both Eddie and I packed on the pounds. Happiness makes you fat apparently!

Well, we're both making an effort to reverse the effects of our first (almost) year together. The first step for us is eliminating full-sugar pop and to limit eating out to once per month. Not only is it more cost-effective to cook, but it's also much better for us! I'm a firm believer that you have to make little changes at a time, and I know what changes to make for myself, personally, that will make a difference right off the bat.

So, here's to a fresh start. 2009 is mine. I thought before that eating what I wanted and just having fun & being lazy about it was what I was choosing. But that wasn't me. I had relinquished control to other forces: eating for social reasons, eating because of boredom, eating to deal with bad emotions... I wasn't in control. 2009 will be the year I take control. I'm not a failure because I lost weight and gained it all back. I'm a success because I'm trying again.

I love myself enough to try again.


Hanlie said...

Welcome back, Teale! I am so happy that you are ready to take control again... Of course you deserve to look good.

To strengthen your resolve, you may want to watch this short video about getting back up again...

Blessings for 2009!

Lori said...

You're definitely not a failure. The best of us gain weight back. The difference is that some quit trying. To me, those are the ones who fail.

We both care about our health. To me, being fat isn't just about not feeling pretty. It's also about not being healthy. Not being able to live life to the best of our ability because of some extra pounds. I don't want anything that I can conceivably control to hold me back from what I want in life.

I know you'll be able to lose all that weight and then some. And I'm definitely looking forward to all the yummy healthy recipes I know that you will be posting.

Here's to 2009! Here's to us!

Lyn said...

I am so happy to see you back! Welcome home to the blogosphere where you belong :)

You were missed!

Erin and Barley said...

Way to go, Teale! You've got the best attitude.

Made To Shine said...

Welcome 2009! I know you will be succesful in it!

Heather said...

you are not a failure in my opinion because you still keep coming back. this is a perfect time for a fresh start!