They say you gain your “Freshman 15” when you move away and start school. Apparently for me, I didn’t want to leave it just to my freshman year (hah!). As soon as I left home, I found comfort in unhealthy foods, snacking all the time, and eating whatever was easiest, regardless if it was full of fat and sugar. Food was something I could find comfort in, whether I was hungry or not. So the weight naturally packed on, and I felt stuck.
How would I get back to where I was before I started college? Was it even possible? Would I have any semblance of willpower to let me lose it and get healthy again? In all honesty, I thought no.
I guess around Christmas time, I finally felt tired of looking and feeling fairly unhealthy. I wasn’t massively overweight, but certainly there was room for improvement. I started counting calories and didn’t really look back.
Since then, I’ve lost about 17 pounds, 5 of those since starting on a Weight Watchers program. The biggest excitement this weekend, was that when I went home, I was able to move down one pants size. This is a massive deal for me, because I haven’t worn them for two summers now.
It may not seem like a huge deal to most, but I’ve decided that the little victories in my life are worth celebrating and acknowledging. I’ve had moments where I thought I would only be happy until I reached my long term goal. I’ve found that I am much happier with myself when I allow myself to celebrate the tiny moments even when they aren’t the end of the journey. This gives me the motivation to keep moving along, working on myself, and improving everyday.
Somedays are harder than others, but I hope that moving forward I can look back on the days where I experienced success and use that to channel energy into the bad days. Not everyday will be absolutely perfect, but I can try my best to make the best of it.
What are your current goals? Still working on New Year’s Resolutions? Let me know in the comments section below.