I want you to take a minute. Okay, maybe more than just one minute. Grab yourself a tasty beverage and think about what 2017 was for you: the good, the bad, and possibly ugly. I thought about how my year went for me. Let’s take a quick recap…

#PutARingOnIt – I got engaged, y’all!

This was a very “about damn time” moment for many people in my world. The fiancé and I have been together 9 years and counting, a love created by online dating. Getting engaged was awesome, wedding planning, eh…not so much. I thought I would be a bride who would love every minute of it, but instead it has turned me into taking a trip to crazy town. People swear it will all be worth it in the end…April 2018 can’t come soon enough!!

#EatMorePlants – I decided to reduce my overall animal product intake (meat, dairy, and eggs). In turn, I learned a lot about myself, my values, and overall outlook on life.

I am definitely not 100% perfect, but I do my best. Eating this way has definitely presently its challenges, but I wouldn’t go back for all the money in the world.

#TeamTurtle – Maintaining weight loss for the first time ever in my life. My weight loss has plateaued, but all it means is that I need to mix it up again.

My highest weight of 2017 was 189, with my lowest 177, spending the majority of 2017 hovering between my high/low number. Right now I am at 179. Honesty hour: this frustrates me and I have no one to blame but myself. I know what it takes to lose weight but put stress eating first. I say I am SO ready to hit goal, but my actions don’t match my intentions.

So, what’s next? I am really not sure.

#ThePedalinPanda – the bike that defines my year.

Slow weight loss? Who cares, I have a bike! Besides getting engaged, my Peloton is one of the best things to happen in 2017. Whenever someone asks me if they should buy one, I tell them this isn’t a question, because there is only one answer: “YES!”

I am leaving this year with mixed emotions. 2016 was a world-wind of high after high for me, so I need to cut 2017 some slack for not being as exciting. But that’s a problem in itself, why am I even comparing years? I want to rid myself of “better than last year” mentality because each year needs to stand on its own. I want to set expectations for 2018 but honestly not sure what they should be. Can my goal just be not to have goals? That sounds like a wonderful idea.

Bye 2017, you weren’t too shabby. ✌🏼

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