Thank you, thank you, thank you. To the moon and back. I have never in my life felt so much support from so many wonderful people, friends or strangers. It feels like I got to open an early birthday present (it's on Friday) and I think it's the best one I will receive.
A huuuuge thank you to Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up!. You have been such an inspiration to me and have always been the push I needed to keep going. Thank you for sharing my story, and for introducing me to so many new friends from all over. I am forever thankful.
Two years ago I was an unhappy twenty-something that was stuck. Stuck in a body I wasn't proud of, stuck in an unhealthy relationship, and stuck in a lifestyle I wasn't proud of. For those of you who have followed this blog, you all know this. For those of you just now joining (Thank you, by the way), you can catch up here and here.
Sometimes you hit a wall, and the only way to keep moving forward is by climbing over it or breaking through it. I chose to break through it. I wanted a change. I committed to building a body I was proud of. I said goodbye to the boyfriend who was filled with put-downs. I welcomed a healthier lifestyle that was filled with hobbies, rather than bars.
It's been two years since I began punching and kicking at that wall. It's now in broken pieces at my feet. It's something I've never been more proud of because I did it. No one else. I chose to do it and I did it. I'm in a body I'm comfortable in. I'm single and loving the relationship I've built with myself. I'm creating the life I want.
All of these accomplishments have made me so happy, but to have such an enormous amount of support after posting one itty bitty "before and after" photo has made this journey even more worth it. I never knew how many beautiful people were out there until today. Your kind words have brought me to tears and have put a huge smile on my face. Imagine what type of face that looks like! Not so cute, let me tell you.
I've had so many emails, comments, messages, and tweets pile in today. It's been a social media whirlwind, but it's one I'm welcoming with open arms. Keep them coming.