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.

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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:

 

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

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