Emancipation: (noun) – 1. The act of freeing or state of being freed; liberation. 2. Informal freedom from inhibition and convention.
I have been a member of MFP since July of 2011 and in that time I have learned so much. When I started, I wasn’t aware that I would not only become physically but emotionally invested in this process. I figured that I would lose some weight and that would be that; however, I never thought about what I might actually gain. So far I have:
· Amazing MFP friends who support my process.
· Enjoying life in its maximum capacity.
· Developed healthy eating habits and exercise regiments.
· Confidence and a higher level of self-esteem.
· Realization that weight is not the only factor to be dealt with during this process & dealing with those issues.
· Reassurance that I will achieve my goals.
Being 260 pounds in July of 2011 I couldn’t imagine that a year later I would be down to 197! I’m still a ways from my goal; however, I feel like I have won already. The changes I’ve made in the last year have allowed me to free myself from so many negative vibes I had surrounding me. I now have joy. I wake up and look forward to life. I always walk around with my head held high and a smile on my face, which was something I never did before. Not only are people noticing the changes in my body, but also the changes in my attitude.
In light of this, I have decided to change my screen name to reflect how I feel; EMANCIPATED!!! I am free from the negativity of being overweight and unhealthy. I am free of feeling like I am not wanted. I am free of not believing in myself. I AM FREE!!!
From the bottom of my heart, I thank my MFP family for hanging in there with me. It has not always been easy, and it still isn’t. The difference is that now I have the freedom to control the outcome of this journey. Don’t let anyone stop you for achieving your goals. You owe it to yourself to see this thing through. Whether it takes a few months or a few years, keep pushing hard and digging deep. I’m praying for your emancipation as well.
This is the Emancipation Of Tai