I turn 24 today!
Oh yay! It's kinda scary, I remember looking up at the age 24 from my teens and thinking about what a big important number that is. It means being an adult, and doing awesome young adult things.
In some fun news, I was 1lb away from my goal weight for my birthday! I'm so excited, even though I was a pound off I did it, I can't believe I got so close! It's empowering on a few levels. It means I was able to fix something in my life that was making me unhappy. There is no fun in being able to barely squeeze into your regular clothes (jeans were a fairy tale). A sparkle of confidence has returned. While this weekend is surely compromising all that hard work (Thanksgiving and my birthday), I do not feel defeated, I'm allowing myself these victory feasts, and will triumphantly move forward through December.
It's also a nice reminder that when I decided to stick to something, usually in the form of a personal challenge, I'm pretty good at sticking to it. Such as growing my short hair really long over the 2 years, or participating in no internet and TV every March.
It's nice to be reminded that I have to power to choose. It seems that little ounce of secret ingredient they forget to include in every single self-help article is that at the end of the day, there are no tricks, products or books that can replace this one potent, vitally important thing... You have a choice. Every second of every moment, you have a choice.
This is what I plan to focus on as a new 24-year-old. To be in the moment, be mindful and absorb it all in, and to own my choices. This is what I've learned, there is no secret ingredient.