(buff mama monday) it’s my party and i’ll cry if i want to

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It's my party and I'll cry if I want to.

Except I’m not going to, because this is the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. I’m turning the big, dreaded, 3-0 on Thursday. But, who says turning 30 has to be a bad thing? I no longer have the insecurities of my twenties and I feel like I know “me”, or at least who I want to be, a little bit better. Dare I say that I’m actually looking forward to my thirties.

I may not be at my skinniest weight, but I’m in a much healthier mindset now and that’s worth way more than those size 4 jeans. Many of you who have been following my weight loss journey over the past year know that I didn’t always approach weight loss in the healthiest of ways. There were diet pills, calorie counting, strict food restricting and obsessive workouts. My life centered around when I could get to the gym and how many calories I could eat. I was an awful way to live and even when I looked at my skinny reflection in the mirror, I still wasn’t happy. I was wrecking my body too, to the point of having to have my gallbladder removed because I lost too much weight too fast. I still have side effects of that time in my life and I’m grateful that I got slapped with a big giant wake up call when I was wheeled into the OR.

It took me close to 30 years to learn how to live a healthy life and to respect my body (thanks in part to Nutrisystem). I can happily say that this is the fittest that I’ve ever been in my life. Ten years ago I couldn’t even run a mile, much less even think about running a half marathon. I don’t think I couldn’t have hacked a kickboxing class and now I look forward to it. I would have been way to self-conscious for a zumba class and now I could care less what the person behind me thinks of my moves (or lack of).

I’ll be celebrating my 30th in Vegas with my hubby (our first trip both away from Logan) and I’ll be rocking the dress I wore for our engagement photos, a dress I couldn’t fit into since that time. I’m also making it my goal to run a half marathon next year and cross a few more things off the bucket list.  I think 30 will suit me just fine.

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.