I honestly had no idea that so many of you liked the living room as is. I've gotten comments about how warm, and intimate, inviting, and lovely it is ... and it's had me rethinking my last post about changing it all. Perhaps all I needed was a little massage of the design ego? Perhaps I'm just extremely hungry and it's affected my otherwise level-headed mind?
So, my plan is to live with it for now. Finish the sunroom as I had planned to do before, and monitor my level of interest in changing it. That might take days, might take months, might take years. But, in true blog fashion - I'll put it all out there for you to see and discuss.
In other news, much more personal news I should say, I have been overwhelmed with joy at the emails and comments I have received about the journey that I am on to take back my control over food, and my body. Many of you have said, "Artie, you don't look like you need to lose weight from your photo", and you are absolutely right. In the photo at the top right, I don't need to lose weight. However, that photo was taken long before I started to put on the weight. One day, when I get up the courage (and I've met my goal) I'll post some photos of the Artie that I had to kick to the curb, but for now, trust me when I say - it was not the guy in the picture. Not even a little bit.
To date, I've lost 46.6 pounds.
I gave that it's own line on purpose. It's a powerful sentence isn't it? I mean, it could say, 5 pounds, 1 pounds, but it communicates the point that I am in control; something I've lacked for quite some time. Where does this put me in my overall goal? I'm a little less than 40 pounds from where I'd like to be, and about 25 pounds from meeting that guy up in the top right hand corner again.
What's the secret? Hard work. Plain and simple. There is no quick fix. There is no "diet". This is a targeted and focused realign of my priorities and my goals. It's a decision that took courage, is taking dedication and perseverance, and above all - it's taking a lot of self admiration and love. I can't really tell you how to do it, all I can say is, until you're ready to do it for yourself, you'll never be able to do it right.
So, there you have it - an update, which I had promised to give to you periodically. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and if you're anywhere near me - enjoy the sunshine!