Wednesday, June 04, 2014
I'm approaching my one year SP anniversary and although I have been rather inactive on the site in the past couple of months, I have carried what I have learned with me. I have continued to go to Zumba and to get in my 6 freggies a day. Could I have done more in the past few months....definitely!!!
Am I beating myself up about it....absolutely not!!!
I am proud of the things I have accomplished this year, even if losing as much weight as I had wanted to is not one of those accomplishments. Perhaps the most important thing I have learned is that I am not alone on this journey and that there are so many people who have many more physical problems than I do and that I should be grateful every day that I can move my body with ease.
That said, it doesn't mean that I don't want to continue to work on getting stronger, increasing my endurance, trying new forms of exercise and activity and continue to reach out and encourage and support others as well as look to others for encouragement and support.
When I started this journey it was with the intention to lose weight for a family wedding that is taking place this weekend. It's a big event and I wanted to feel my best and I thought that would mean I would have to be a certain size....but what I know now is that it means that I need to do my best with where I am right now. I need to get enough sleep so that I am in a good mood and can view myself positively. I need to eat the right nutrients so that my body can perform efficiently. I need to buy dresses (yes, I needed to buy 3 dresses because I am invited to 3 events) that not only fit my style and body, but are comfortable to wear. I need to make sure my hair is going to cooperate with the weather so if I need a haircut, I will have to get one and not simply hope for the best. I even went to a make-up counter and let someone put makeup on me so I would have what I needed.
In other words, I prepared my mind and body in advance so that I could enjoy the entire weekend.
That is what SP has taught me....don't wait to live life....live it now. I may never get to the weight that I think I should be and then again I might. But a number on a scale or a size of a dress is not going to stop me from enjoying my life NOW.
I am going to continue here on SP with a renewed commitment to live a healthy, active life for as long as I am physically capable of doing so.
Monday, April 28, 2014
I have used the above motivational quote time and again and every time I realize that taking TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY is really, really, really hard. Making excuses, blaming, pointing the finger, passivity....whatever the attitude or situation that keeps me from being totally honest with myself is exactly what keeps me from reaching my goals.
It's been a rough couple of weeks for me in ways that I don't want to get into. I've taken a look at certain aspects of my life and have realized that along with responsibility comes accountability and that doesn't mean just for me, but for those close to me. I have failed to hold people I love accountable and have taken on responsibilities that aren't mine.
We are each responsible for the choices we make. I will no longer allow the choices that others make impact my choices. I am rededicating the next 6 weeks to ME. I am letting everyone else take care of their needs and I am holding them responsible and accountable.
Why 6 weeks? Because I started this SP journey with one of my goals being to look great at my niece's wedding. Whereas I may not meet my original weight loss goal, I am still capable of looking and FEELING great on that day. But it's up to ME to take control and regain the motivation and drive that started me on this journey. Other people will always have problems....but I do not have to let their problems, opinions or actions bring me down.
THIS IS MY TIME AND I AM NOT GOING TO LET ANYONE TAKE IT FROM ME!!
Saturday, April 05, 2014
I discovered that, at least for me, the biggest obstacle along this healthy lifestyle journey has always been me and the expectations that "this time will be different." The thing is, what has to be different is my mindset towards this journey and over the past 10 months I can honestly say that I have a much healthier attitude about myself and my lifestyle.
How many times do we make "plans" and then find that we didn't leave ourselves a "margin for error"? Then what often happens is we just give up and wander off the healthy lifestyle path altogether.
"We make plans and God laughs"....it's a great saying because everyday we get up with some sort of "plan" to do this or that and then all of sudden LIFE gets in the way.
A couple of weeks ago I had a great week of exercising...even received a Gold Medal for reaching over 60,000 steps. Then I woke up with a sore ankle and I have been dealing with that ever since. I am back at working out but now I realize that over-use injuries do occur and sometimes "less is more" in the long-term.
Taking each day as an opportunity to do something positive for myself and others is how I am choosing to look at life these days. Losing weight is definitely a goal but it isn't the end goal anymore. If all I wanted out of this was a number on a scale or a size on a pair of jeans, I would see myself as a failure. I am not now, nor will I ever be, a failure!!!!
I may or may not reach the weight that I set as my goal when I started SP. However, I have learned so much about myself through this journey. I have come to recognize that my weight issues pale in comparison with the struggles that some members have encountered and their stories have inspired me to not take my health for granted but to work on improving it daily.
For all of those who are struggling with the maintaining those "plans" they set out for themselves, I want to encourage you to allow yourself a "margin for error"....be flexible, adjust and readjust your plan, have a meeting with yourself to tell yourself all the great things you have accomplished.
As SP says "I am an experiment of one"!
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