Is anyone else surprised that Christmas is next week? I am. The holiday season, including Thanksgiving, totally sneaked up on me this year. I blame it on being in the hospital. (I have found that I can blame a lot of things on being in the hospital. It’s quite handy, really.) Anyway, I am excited about this Christmas for many reasons, but one is because for the first time in three years, I have the entire week of Christmas off from work! The law firm where I work will be closed, and as work has been insanely busy the past few weeks, I welcome the break and the chance to be with family and celebrate Christ’s birth.
I was thinking the other day about goals to make for the coming year, which of course made me reflect on the goals I made for this year and whether or not I met them. Since I’m sure none of you remember what my goals were (I barely remembered sometimes, haha), here they are:
- Reach my goal weight (between 155-160 pounds). Check.
- Run a half marathon. Check.
- Read through the Bible. Check. (Well, almost. I am 96% of the way there and have no plans to flake out at the finish!)
For the first time in I don’t know when, I actually accomplished all of my goals for the year! Granted, I only made three goals, but still, I am really excited to have actually achieved these things.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Did I miss the blog post wherein Erin rejoiced over reaching her goal weight?” No, dear reader, you did not in fact miss that post, but I have in fact reached my goal weight. The last weigh-in recorded on my blog was October 17, near the very beginning of the illness that I later learned was ulcerative colitis. On that date, I weighed in at 170.8 pounds. This morning, I weighed 157.8 pounds. I’ve lost 13 pounds in the past 9 weeks. At one point after being sick, I was down to 150 pounds (I lost a crazy amount of weight over the span of a few days the first week I was out of the hospital), but over the past 4 weeks I’ve fluctuated between 155-158 pounds, and I am very happy with that.
It feels weird to celebrate this achievement because I didn’t really “achieve” it. I got sick and ended up in the hospital. Still, I am happy that I haven’t gained all of the weight back, and I am happy that I managed to lose 90 pounds on my own before getting sick, so I can look at losing another 13 more with the help of a chronic condition as a gift. A gift that means I now wear a size 12, a size I don’t think I ever wore for any significant length of time. A gift that means I had to go shopping for new clothes. A gift that means I feel a little more comfortable in my own skin.
I still don’t know what my goals for 2013 will be, but I am pretty certain that losing weight will not be one of them. 🙂
4 thoughts on “Weigh-In Wednesday: Goodbye, 2012!”
Way to go, Erin! Congrats on meeting all of your goals for this year…you look amazing! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
Congratulations on reaching your goals! I really would love to read the Bible in a year. I'm sorry to hear about your UC. I met many people with Crohn's and UC while I was fundraising and running a half marathon with Team Challenge/CCFA. I hope your treatment goes easily and that it doesn't impede on your life too much.
congratulations Erin! that is amazing to be at your goal weight, even if it came to you through sad and hard circumstances–maybe it is the silver lining on those circumstances? and also i am so impressed that you got through the bible in the year! that was one of my goals this year and i failed, i only made it about 2/3rds through–hopefully next year i'll at least finish that 1/3rd!
Congrats on keeping the weight off and reaching all of your goals!
We have the same goal weight…I've got about 20 lbs to go.
May I ask how tall are you?
Oh and I think you should do a side by side comparison pic now that you are at your goal.