This year, I was asked to write again and reflect on my changes since that post 3 years ago. Well, here it is.
My arms have not been renovated:
Pretty much the same look as 3 years ago. My upper arms measure about 1/4" smaller than they did back then, and I weigh about 5 pounds less. Five pounds. That in itself makes me kinda sad. I remember how I felt back then: so hopeful, energized for change, full of life. I had started Medifast just a month prior and was excited to see my body changing. Yet here I am, 3 years and a lot of effort later, and I really have not made any significant changes to my body. I *did* do my skin care routine... sometimes. I *did* lift weights... for awhile, a few months out of each year. But overall there is not much change in my body aside from having a lot more pain in my feet.
I think my attitude and energy has suffered, too, since then. I feel a bit defeated. I try to perk myself up by saying "hey, I maintained a 60-70 pound loss all this time, I didn't gain back up to 280! That's something!" And it is. But I am not really happy about the state of my body. And I have a lot less hope this time around that I am capable of lasting change. Can I morph those arms into something stronger, slimmer, better? I dunno, maybe. But this time around I'm not making any promises I can't keep.