And why I feel better everyday—and not just because I’ve lost the weight.
Now that I am near the end of my year-long journey, I’ve started paying attention to how much I’ve changed. Obviously I look different—there’s a lot less of me—but I’ve also noticed other things. For example, while I’ve always done my hair and makeup, these days I spend more time on myself in the morning. I try to match my makeup to my outfit, style my hair differently every day, and look for an accessory to go with each outfit (like a pretty necklace or a ribbon in my hair). A few days ago I went to a fundraising event at the house of one of the children I tutor. I wore my hair naturally curly, put on flattering makeup, and spritzed on some perfume. Some of the children I tutor came by during the event to chat but acted a little strange. Later they returned with their mom and told me they didn’t recognize me! They both said how pretty I looked with my hair down. It was a nice compliment and proof that spending time on your appearance can give you a great mood boost.
Our 2011 Weight Loss Diary writer, Stacy, is a 35-year-old former teacher who is looking to get healthy and boost her self-esteem over the next year. Follow along as she goes after her goal!