I also know there was a long period of time when you and Sissy and, really, probably the whole family, were all very concerned about my health. For years I turned a blind eye to the situation I had gotten myself into (and, let’s face it, there’s no one else to blame) and turned deaf ears to all of you when you would try and broach the topic. That’s actually being too kind: I’d get downright defensive and angry and refuse to address the issue head on. Like that time I stormed away in tears in the food court of some airport because of some ridiculous comment I can’t even remember now that I internalized as you criticizing how much food I was eating. In truth, I took it that way because I knew you were right but I didn’t want to deal with that reality. I didn’t know how to deal with that reality and I’ve always been far too independent to ever ask for help.
Luckily I know that while you stopped bringing it up at some point, you never stopped believing in my ability to turn it all around. Kind of like with that silly boy in Kentucky and knowing I’d eventually realize what you all already knew about him. As of today I have lost 116.8 lbs and I couldn’t have done it without you two. Your support through this journey has been huge (pun intended). Even at 31, I admit that I always get excited when I know you guys are coming to one of my races and it still kills me that just a few weeks ago, Dad was attempting to do some of the yoga poses he’s seen me do (attempting being the key word, as I stopped him before he risked injury.)
This is one of those situations mentioned above, where I’d have great difficulty telling this to you in person or over the phone or in an email or whatever and so I’m taking advantage of the fact that I know at least mom reads my blog and I’m putting it here instead. There’s really so much more I’d like to say, but even with that degree in creative writing you wholeheartedly supported, knowing full well it was really just a fancy piece of paper with no job at the end, I’m currently struggling with how to exactly express my gratitude for having the two of you as my parents.
I guess all I can really say is Thank You.
In case you hadn’t guessed, today is my 31st birfday! But just ’cause I’m the Birthday Girl doesn’t mean I should have all the fun, so for today only I’m having a storewide sale in my Etsy shop and have discounted all items 31% off! Yup, everything in the shop is on sale, even the brand new items I just listed yesterday. Deal ends tonight at midnight (EST) so if there’s something you’ve had your eye on, now is the time to grab it!