The Year I Got My Groove Back actually started just before the start of 2007 during the holidays.
I had slowly been accepting that I was overweight and unhappy about it but had yet the inspiration and motivation to do anything to affect change. I was exercising most days of the week but wasn't eating the best so it wasn't enough.
For Christmas that year we drove down to spend the holiday with my grandparents who live somewhat near San Antonio. At some point during the drive getting into the car, I ripped my jeans just below one of the back pockets.
Luckily, I had a long sweater with me that covered the ginormous hole that was showing my pasty butt. You couldn't miss it. We arrived at my grandparents' house just before it was time to leave for mass so there was no time to change into more appropriate attire that covered all essential parts of the body.
I went to church, Jesus's house, with my ass hanging out. I don't think I need to say this next sentence, but I'm going to anyway: I did not take that sweater off. At. All.
Now those jeans were old and very well-worn. Also they weren't in the least bit tight. For reals. I'm not just trying to make myself feel better. The rip was a long time coming. But for some reason, singing Christmas hymns with a draft up my rear end was it for me. As I closed the hymnal and replaced it in the pew in front of me at the close of mass that night, I vowed that I was going to do it. I was going to lose The Weight. The Weight from college.
So at the beginning of The Year I Got My Groove Back, I joined Weight Watchers. With the combined motivation of those jeans and a wedding in Mexico that summer I wanted to be bathing suit ready for, I did it. I lost The Weight.
Some time during that process not only did I find my inner skinnier girl (I still wouldn't call myself skinny, but I'm at a healthy weight for me), I found my self-confidence. My love for myself.
And just a few months after I reached my goal weight and became a lifetime member at Weight Watchers, I met John.
When I started that Year, I didn't expect that losing weight meant finding a boyfriend. But it was a result of me feeling confident enough to put myself out there and date.
Now it's four years later. I've kept the weight off, and John and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary in a few weeks.
And that's how 2007 became The Year I Got My Groove Back.