I had a really great Birthday this year for my 40th. It was an opportunity to get the people that I love the most together...there were some people there whom I hadn't seen in a few years and it was really nice to see them. One of my best friends Heather and her family and my friend Carrie from my CGIT years were there - SO wonderful to see them! I hope this means we will be seeing more of each other.
When I look back at my pictures from my birthday three years ago - before I started my journey, I am amazed at how far I have come. I am VERY proud and very happy with my progress so far - the pic below is from my Birthday in 2009:
And here is my pic from last weekend:
Not only have I lost weight, but I have gained strength, and self-confidence. I think I look younger in the most recent picture too, which is kinda cool.
All in all...it was a pretty good day and evening all around.
So...onto other things...for the past couple of weeks, I have been slipping a bit. While my exercise regime has been pretty good - other than my shitty knees giving me problems from time to time - the "mental" aspect hasn't entirely been there for me. I've gotten into the pattern of negative self talk from time to time and thought it was best to "nip it in the bud" per say, so I booked an appointment with the Psychologist in my Lap-Band Program. Her name is Joanne and she's incredible. In my 50 minute appointment with her, she knew more about me than I could imagine. I talked to her about all of my stresses, and my self-doubts. She's a tough cookie - and that's exactly what I needed. We set up a plan for me to work on some of my issues and she even had me write down everything that we had talked about in the session. As my "homework assignment" she told me to remember to bring the card back with me to my next appointment and go through each of the points I had written down on the card with her. When I walked out of her office, I felt like I finally had some control back. It felt great.
I see her again in two weeks and am looking forward to it!