Thursday, April 02, 2009
Finding this site last summer was serendipity and a blessing. I am so grateful for the tools, tips, and information at my disposal because they help keep me focused and provide an easy way for me to stay accountable and on goal.
Lately, however, I am realizing that the MOST important element in overcoming my life as an unhealthy and overweight person has been inside of me all along. It lay dormant for more than a decade. We all have to endure behaviors, habits, obstacles (or excuses) that keep us from believing that we actually can be who we really truly want to be.
Think about the phrase "let yourself go" -- something often used to describe people who are out of balance and projecting a less than appealing outer appearance. "Boy, she really has let herself go." This often hurtful phrase can be considered in a completely different way with a simple flick of the attitude:
NEGATIVE "Let yourself go"
Give up; pretend not to care; forget about what makes you feel good and happier; rationalize why you are the way your are; blame others or external forces for your situation; give in to the "what's the use?" mentality.
POSITIVE "Let yourself go"
Allow yourself to reach beyond what you thought was possible; try new things; support yourself the way you support others; open up to the idea that you can be better; accept that the tangible outcomes are the result of what you do or don't do.
So, i'm letting myself go and it's positive. Now, I know I can do it. I've got what it takes. This journey isn't about vanity. It isn't about obsessing over a workout schedule or surrendering the other parts of my life. It is about injecting self-discipline into the mix. Most of all, it's about believing in my better self. She exists and I really like hanging out with her.