Winnie was a tennis player and Alli pulled out all the stops and yes I did Burpees in a skirt!! We also met Joey who joined us from Chicago and he fit right in with the crew!
This weekend my wonderful husband and my close friends threw me a celebratory bash to commemorate my accomplishments. I had decided to make it a costume party since it was so close to halloween and shopping for my costume was a new experience for me! I was able to go into the store and say what do I want to be not what do they have in PLUS size. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be purchasing a size small costume but I did!! Here we are together in our SUPER costumes!!!
It was an amazing night. So many people came to celebrate with me! Not to mention the costumes were fantastic. We had healthy snacks and Alli provided an awesome playlist that kept us moving all night!
Once everyone got settled in we had the speeches. I had an opportunity to thank everyone there for being my village and helping me along this road to better health and happiness. When Alli spoke things turned a bit emotional and I learned an important lesson. You see we are as people inherently selfish, I had always thought that I was the only one gaining anything from my relationship with Alli and didn't realize just how important I have been to her this past year. Well as you can imagine there were happy tears!
When Adam gave his speech I was very emotional, and then came the big surprise!!! He had made a movie of my journey over the last ten months including video clips of my parents from home congratulating me. Well I couldn't hold back the emotion at that point!!!
On Saturday I hosted my first Beachbody home party and had the opportunity to share my story with others. It is so amazing to be on the other side because Beachbody was so instrumental in my success to be paying it forward is an amazing privilege.
To top it all off we decided to hit downtown Orlando for the Halloween festivities. I will leave you with the pictorial highlights of the nights mayhem but first a bit of reflection. I have been very emotional this week thinking about my party and wondering why I even deserved to have one. I still have goals I have not achieved and I am not yet bikini ready. But I have come to the realization that what I really am celebrating is finding myself. 94lbs ago while I was still loud and enthusiastic I was hiding. Hiding behind my size and my insecurity. Afraid to try and ashamed to want more than what I had. I didn't know who I was or what I wanted. How far could I go and if I could actually be successful. Now I am living the life I had only imagined. I have meaningful relationships with people and I am confident and self assured. I no longer wonder if I can do something it is only a question of when I will do it. While it is sometime surreal for me to hear people say I am their role model or inspiration I know that is is something to be very proud of. Since the journey is never over I will just say I am very excited to go down the next road and see what is in store for me. So now as promised the halloween highlights.