February has swept in and I realize that it has been such a long time since I have blogged. I continue to steadily lose weight. My skin is sagging in places that I never imagined I would have sagging skin, but I consider this sagging skin a temporary badge of accomplishment. I say temporary because I know through toning I will be able to correct some of this and what I cannot correct through toning I will have surgically corrected when the time is right, if necessary. Even if I must keep this extra skin, it is better than the fat that I have been carrying around for 15+ years. My son commented a few days ago that even the skin on my arms (the skin that I call "granny bat wings") seems to be going away a little bit. It is so exciting to hear my kids notice things like this. My 8 year old daughter hugs me now and is able to wrap her arms around my body and her fingers touch for the first time in her whole life. She is ecstatic by this seemingly small accomplishment. My 4 year old daughter looks at the pictures that I have taken along the way and says "remember when you looked like that mom?", like it was a long time ago. I find it hard to believe that it hasn't even been a year yet and I have come this far!
Today I got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed my kitchen floor. This seems like an ordinary, mundane task. But believe me this isn't ordinary to me! I haven't been able to do it for years. I have relied on my wonderful husband to do tasks like this for me. Bless his heart, he always did it and NEVER complained. Today I felt quite accomplished. Not only did I scrub the floor on my hands and knees I didn't struggle to get back up. This is another milestone that I have passed! The last 10 months have gone by so fast and I don't feel like it has been hard work. It is only a short chapter in a lifelong journey.