Prepare to be shocked. I mean really shocked. Let me first say that I debated all day whether or not to share this. It’s still so very embarrassing that I allowed myself to get to that point. Last Christmas I didn’t allow many pictures of me to be taken…and you will clearly see why. In fact I had to email my cousins to see if they had any pics of me from last year because I had none. Literally none. Poor Bryan looked like a single dad with 3 kids in all my pics. How sad is that?! I was so mortified when I got the email today I cried for almost 30 minutes. I didn’t even recognize who that was in the picture. The girl from last year was broken and defeated. The girl from last year had allowed every stress, hurt, and frustration to get the best of her. The girl from last year doesn’t exist anymore. At the beginning of this year I decided enough was enough. I made a lot of changes inside and out. With each pound that came off it felt as if a chain was being broken. The girl of this year is strong, determined, and a fighter! Even though the weight didn’t come off as fast as I hoped it would, I never gave up. I still have 14 more lbs to get to my goal, but I know I will get there. Once I reach that goal my journey doesn’t end. I will begin a new chapter, one focusing on strictly living healthy physically and emotionally. 2011 has been mostly about weight loss. 2012 will be about overall health and growing in my relationship with God. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Can’t wait to share the next phase of my journey with you!