I’m currently in Baltimore at FitBloggin’ for the weekend and will be back with stories and a tell-all on Monday! And if you’re here because we met at FitBloggin’ – hello!! =)
Around this time last year, my company had an intern who was on summer break after his freshman year of college. Several of us were in the conference working on a project together, complaining about getting old (we weren’t), not knowing what we wanted to do with our lives and how we couldn’t believe it had already been 4 years since graduating, when the intern asked the question.
“Well, have you accomplished all the goals you set for yourself for your first four years out of school?”
After the initial shock of the question wore off, we all burst into harmonious laughter.
Just wait, kid.
Exactly five years ago today – May 20, 2006, I graduated from the George Washington University with my BA in Psychology. It’s hard to believe how fast time goes and that it’s really been that long since I’ve been in college!
Instead of dwelling on how far I still have to go in life, I want to focus on the top five things I’ve accomplished and am proud of over the past five years.
1.) Hit my goal weight.
This is a recent one, but honestly, I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to do it. I’ve been overweight and then obese for pretty much my entire life, so the idea of actually having a BMI in the normal range just seems so unreal. Of course, the weight is just a symbol of how much healthier I am on the inside as well and I love all of the changes I’ve made. I worked very hard for it, and it’s something I am extremely proud of.
2.) Became a runner.
A lot of times people email me or leave comments and assume I’ve always been a runner. This is SO not true. When I look at my list of races, I’m still kind of in disbelief with the fact that I’ve run 14, including 2 half marathons and 2 ten milers. I’m also signed up for a full marathon later this year and am somehow looking forward to starting training!
3.) Figured out that healthy living is my passion!
This one is huge for me because I now know the direction I’d like my career to go eventually! They say your 20s are all about figuring out what you don’t want to do, so that in your 30’s you can pursue what you DO want to do. I’d like to use my passion for healthy living to help to motivate others to change their life and deal with the obstacles that come their way. I feel like I’m really getting there in terms of deciding on the field, but I still have to figure it out the details of exactly what I want to do.
4.) Learned how to cook.
This is a major accomplishment for me because my mom and older sisters were always the cooks around my house growing up, so there wasn’t really a place for me in the kitchen. Since I moved out on my own, I had a lot of chances to experiment with cooking and have actually gotten pretty good at it! Wil has helped me a lot to learn about different cooking techniques, cutting styles, and flavor combinations, and there has also been a ton of trial and error. Coming up with my own recipes to post on here every week is one of my favorite things to do now, and learning to cook has been a vital part of taking control of my health.
5.) Started this blog.
Beth’s Journey started as a freewebs page, and when I started writing more day to day entries in there, I switched over to this full fledge blog back in February of 2010. This site has become my main venue for doing something I’m passionate about every single day. I love writing in here, sharing my struggles and recipes, and the fact that people actually read it (still blows my mind!). Most importantly, I love all the amazing people I’ve connected with since I started it from other bloggers, to readers, to the people I’m probably hanging out with right now! It’s driven me to pursue my goals even further and has served as a great tool to keep me on track with leading a healthy life. I can honestly say that this is something I am very proud of. I’ll also say that it takes a lot more work than I expected when I first started it and has turned into a
very low-paying part time job ;), but I wouldn’t change a thing.
What about you? What is something that you are very proud of that you’ve accomplished in the last few years?