For those just tuning in, for the last two years I have been writing letters to myself that automatically post on my blog each month throughout the year. It's my way of keeping up with progress and showing myself the difference an entire year can really make. Instead of obsessing on the little things, I'm looking at the big picture.
So earlier this month the letter I'd written myself from September 2011 posted.
And here is the difference that one year can make.
September 2010 Letter - Kristine had a baby shower and things were looking up. And the Sookie died and it hurt so very much. It took a long time to heal from that wound, but you did.More sisters, less dog drama. I can't believe it's been a year since I said goodbye to Whiskey. I miss all my dogs that have come and gone over the years. One thing I'm really glad that has changed over the last couple of years is how close my sister and I are. Of course it helps that she lives a couple of blocks away, but this year she and I have really bonded. I've grown to depend on her so much because we're the only family that each other has close by. More than that though, we've developed the kind of relationship I always wanted to have. She's become more than my bratty kid sister, she's really truly become my best friend.
September 2011 Update - You reconnected with your sister and tried to devote more time to your family. You also had to find a new home for another of your dogs, Whiskey because you were moving and couldn't bring her with. It was so painful but you knew it was what was best for her.
This time last year . . . You got off your medications and things started looking up. You developed an addiction to makeup and also a deep love for metal chickens. You also made a BIG decision and decided to move back in with Matt's parents in order to help out. Hopefully a year from now it will have paid off for all of you. Things are good here, but it takes work to function as two families in one. Take care of your family.Take care of family, check! We've really been here a whole year? Time flies I guess. Things are still working out really well at the house with the family. Matt's Mom recently got a new job and we're all so excited for her! As for my health, well that comes and goes, but I still think that getting off the anti-depressants was a good move for me, at least at the time. I have a doctor's appointment next week, and we'll see where I'm at then. I'm glad we moved in with Matt's family. Initially it was because they needed help. But looking back, I'm realising that I needed it too. Dealing with fibromyalgia is hard enough, I couldn't imagine having to deal with it completely alone (while Matt's at work).
Your Weight . . .
September 2010 - 253 PoundsSeptember 2011 - 239 Pounds
September 2012 - Still dealing with some retention lately, but I still haven't gained back all the weight I lost this summer, which is a win in my book! Sitting at 234 as of this morning!
I love how a lot of my Love, Yourself photos somehow end up themed (and I initially did not plan that). It's fun because I know what kind of photo I need to take and when it comes to September I know I need to spend time with my sister and have a little photo session. Funny how we always end up on the same side. And wow, we've both actually lost weight this year!