This time last year, I weighed 160+ pounds. I was dieting, but it was going nowhere fast. I was living in my parents' attic. I'd received quite a few warnings and negative reviews from a job I was working hard at. I hated it.
This time last year, I wasn't happy with myself. I barely left my little attic room, and the only social interaction I had was with my cat and my RTX group on GroupMe.
This time last year I was annoyed with my physical appearance, but my job restricted me from expressing myself the way I wanted. Stress eating and the lack of physical activity at my desk job piled weight on my body. I was shamed in my workplace and told to cover up for wearing dresses that showed my shoulders but were otherwise completely fine. I was shamed for wearing leggings with flat shoes and long tunics while my coworkers were fine wearing them with BOOTS and long tunics. I was extremely unhappy.
As of right now, I'm down to 125lb. I'm no longer dieting, but maintaining. I live in an apartment I love with a big ol' kitchen! I got a new job and I'm amazing at it. They absolutely love me, and have repeatedly told me about opportunities to advance, though I've only been eligible for advancement for a little over a month. It's retail, but I love it.
Right now, I'm happier with myself than I've been in a long time. I am friends with people at work, I see them outside of work, and I see my circle of friends more often. I'm still talking with the same RTX group, but our bonds are even stronger now.
Right now, I'm actually enjoying how I look and I'm trying to move outside of my box when it comes to how I present myself. I have bright magenta purple hair because my job allows it, and I love it. I'm wearing crop tops and high waisted bottoms now where I would have never even touched them before. I'm putting more detail into my makeup when I do wear it. I can wear basically anything I want to work, as I work night shift, so self expression isn't an issue and I'm always comfortable.
What a difference a year makes, and I'm excited to see what the next year brings