Day 2996 – Different Forms Of Progress

There are lots of ways to see progress you’ve made. Whether it’s a checklist like I’ve blogged about before, a full journal, or a physical book, to name a few.

Today I got a pretty stark reminder of how far I’ve come, how much I’ve changed, and in some ways how I’m nothing like I was 9 years ago.

I had some pretty unhealthy habits in the past, from eating junk food, to inhaling soda and energy drinks, to not working out, and you know, drinking like a fish. I seem to forget how much I’ve changed in my physical appearance. When I finally quit drinking, I lost a lot of weight. In the last few years, I drink soda a lot less, only have an energy drink maybe once a week, and eat pretty healthy and clean.

Here’s the stark reminder of how far I’ve come….

Compared to almost now (this was from December)

But here’s the thing, without a comparison, it’s hard to know how much you’ve changed. It’s hard to see how unhealthy you’ve become. I am so grateful for a very patient husband (who was only my fiance in the picture above!) who has encouraged me to care about my health but still loved me when I was struggling.

Have you compared yourself to your past self recently? How do you see how much you’ve changed?

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About 365 days of marriage

I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

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