Lifestyle Change

Who I Am: “Lifestyle Change” Third Anniversary

This is now my third end-of-year-post where I acknowledge my mission to get healthy. Last year, I still couldn’t believe I had maintained the same healthy weight for 2 years in a row. (I ended 2013 close to 180 pounds. I’m 130 pounds now.) As the curtain closes on 2016, I’ve realized something new about myself: I’ve never been more comfortable in my own skin before.

I am not the fastest runner, but I’m not trying to be. Over the years I’ve learned that I run more for my mental health than anything else. One of the best feelings in the world to me is a clear head after a long run.

I’ve accepted that my body won’t ever be perfect. This is huge for me because I used to strive for perfection instead of just being healthy. Eating too much pizza once in a while is not the end of the world. 

Throwback to me at my heaviest when I was in Nicaragua in April, 2013.


Now here are a few of the things I did in 2016 that I never could have dreamed of doing three or more years ago:


My first half marathon on February 7, 2016 (Amami Oshima)

The top of Mount Fuji, August 4, 2016
My second half marathon on November 13, 2016 (Cambridge, MA)
The end of the Appalachian Trail with great friends, September 24, 2016 (Millinocket, ME)
Mountain biking for the first time on October 8, 2016 (Burlington, VT)
I stopped wearing makeup this year too!

If you’re still reading this, thank you. I hope you have a happy and healthy new year. :)

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