It was December 31st 2007. New Year's Eve. All of my bests and our men (those who had them) were celebrating at Sirico's Catering Hall in Brooklyn. This was pre-baby so I was still getting lots of girl time: dinners, dancing, bars, movies, game nights, even a day at The Painted Pot pottery shop. I felt good in my place in the world. Andy and I were over that first year struggle in our marriage and we were really happy and I felt really close to all of my girlfriends. But more than that, this was the first time, including my wedding day that I actually felt beautiful.
Not just pretty. But really beautiful...and thin. This was the only time I can actually recall loving my body. I was newly vegan and had dropped about 15 pounds in a little less than three months and I felt fantastic. You can't see it in the picture but the dress has a cut out back, which is something I would shy away from now because of unsightly back fat. But at that point in my life I was healthy, thin, beautiful and surrounded by people who made me so happy. I know I'll never get down to that weight again, unless I go vegan again, but I'm hoping to one day love my body and my life like I did that night. It really was one of my very best memories.
|And my girls looked pretty good too (from left me, Crotch, Christina, Christie. Meg, Teresa and Lara are not pictured)|