Finding the Pieces One by One

Summer break is finally here! So what does that mean? Well, for me it means a lot of awesome things. When I think of Summer, I think of hanging out with friends and family, reading in the backyard, working out, going to the Farmer’s market (that’s a new thing as of last Summer), taking my dog for walks, and the list goes on and on. This Summer, however, will be a little different. This Summer will be a bit more busy and involve a lot more work as I prepare for Oxford this coming Fall, and I am ready to do whatever it takes to get there.

I also have another pretty big goal to work towards this Summer: being able to say I lost 100 pounds in one year. I am about 25 pounds away from that goal, and I’m ready to work my butt off (literally) to reach it. My lungs are still a work in progress, but I know that as long as I listen to my body and work as hard as I can without overworking myself, I can do it. I don’t have much time to reach my goal (about 6 weeks), and I might not quite make it. But that’s okay. No matter what happens, I know that this last year has been the best year of my life, and that’s not just an exaggeration.

This year has been so different from so many years past, and through all that has happened I’m finally starting to get an idea of who I am supposed to be. Learning to live a healthier life is just one of the many parts of this year that have helped make it so great. This year I’ve come to realize that my love of scholarship and learning does not have to end after college. I’ve come to see that people are going to think things about me based on my appearance and weight, but whatever they think or say does not matter as long as I know the truth. I’ve learned that my voice deserves to be heard, though I’m still working on raising it. I’ve finally come to realize that I do not know everything and that I am not always right. I’ve come to appreciate and understand the importance of real and meaningful relationships.

This last year has been amazing, and I have a feeling that things are only going to get better. I’ve learned a lot about myself since I started this weight-loss journey last June. I’ve found a few more pieces of who I am, and I can’t wait to discover the rest. So whether I make my goal of losing 100 pounds by June 12 or not, I know that this year was worth every minute.

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