This time last year, I had just made the decision to leave my husband after 19 1/2 years of a less-than-happy marriage. This time last year, I was 55 pounds heavier than I am right now. This time last year, I was scared, unsure, and worried about my future. I was still relatively new at my job, my boss took on a new partner (which gave me a second boss), and that brought with it a lot of unknowns.
Fast forward 365 days. I secured a great little condo in a nice area and left my husband alone to wallow in his own misery. I have shed 55 of the 100 or so remaining pounds I have left to lose -- going from a size 18 to a 14 and dropping under 200 for the first time in 15 years -- and I'm stronger than I've ever been. I now do kettlebells religiously, and I recently added kickboxing to the mix. I ran my very first ever 5k, and I did it in 43 minutes. I'm far less scared about what's going to happen or how I'll do. I still really love where I work and who I work with, and I know they love me to pieces and see what I contribute to the firm. I've even ventured out on a few dates where, even though they weren't great or productive, are working towards getting my self-esteem back up.
So for 2014, I have -- let's call it a bucket list of things I want to accomplish.
- Get closer to God
- Drop the last of my weight, whatever that number might be (40 or 50 pounds) and continue toning up
- Run at least one more 5k, and to improve on the time set by my first one
- Start learning a new language
- Ride my bike more/enjoy the outdoors more
- Get out there and make more friendships