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The Gift Of Being Uncomfortable

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Up until fairly recently, my days flowed into one another with a dulling similarity. Then I had a very traumatic experience that caused me to retreat from society and into myself. Even something simple like getting out the door to go get my mail was anxiety inducing, so I'm sure you can imagine how white-knuckled I would get going to say the doctor's office or the grocery store.

Then I discovered SparkPeople. In starting slowly and becoming confident in my ability to accomplish small goals, I became bolder and tackled larger goals. I wasn't really sure what would happen, but I pushed myself and began to see results. Two and one half months down the road, I'm amazed at where I am and what I've accomplished. And I've realized that in order to grow, I need to continue to step outside my comfort zone.

Because of the confidence I've gained from SparkPeople, my social horizons have also expanded. Sometimes I still feel like I'm pushing myself out the door, but once I get somewhere I'm fine. The best part is meeting new people and having fun - something I haven't done for quite a while. And all of this is because I've been given a gift - that challenge to grow and to change. And no matter how uncomfortable it is to me, I know now that I can overcome my fear.

  
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SLFGOLF 11/14/2011 1:00AM

    I'm glad spark people has worked so well for you. It can lead to more benefits than just weight loss. As you have seen to can lead to other successes in life. Hopefully you will see that your life continues on the successful track that you have started. Good luck.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/13/2011 11:11PM

    I am glad that SP has blessed your life so much. You get out of it what you put into it, so you are reaping the rewards of your work and commitment to a true lifestyle change. emoticon

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I Am Able

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Most of my life has been lived in the belief that "I can't." This self limiting mantra has brought me to where I am today physically and mentally. I don't lay blame on anyone from my past for my current situation, because I've had plenty of opportunities as an adult to make my own choices. The life I live now is a result of those choices, and I know that if I want I different life, I have to make different, and often difficult choices.

When I first encountered SparkPeople, It seemed too much for me. I had days I could barely get out of bed, let alone track my food. And exercise? You're talking to a woman who could barely make it up the 21 steps to her apartment.

But I read the success stories, and I decided to start small by tracking my water intake. After I got used to that, I tried the nutrition tracker. Then, one day I dug out a "Walking Off The Pounds" dvd. It has 2 workouts on it, a one mile walk and a 2 mile walk. I said to myself "There's no way I'll make it through the one mile workout." Well, I proved myself wrong, and I loved every minute of it. Then I started taking 2 mile walks outdoors in good weather, surprising myself again with my endurance. I'm also doing the 2 mile workout on my walking dvd. I can't always go at the intensity of the video, but, I am walking 2 miles in 30 minutes, which I never thought I'd be able to say two months ago.

I see now that "I Can" and that anything and everything is possible for me. I want to thank SparkPeople and everyone who has encouraged me along the way so far for helping me to see what I am capable of and what I can become. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/1/2011 11:14PM

    Good for you! Your blog motivates me so I thank you! emoticon emoticon

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A Golden Day

Monday, October 24, 2011

This was one of those days I never want to forget - a beautiful day filled with blessings and achievements.

First of all, I was able to finish a 2 mile walk in 40 minutes. It was a gorgeous day to be outside - the sun was shining, the temperature was close to 60 and the fall colors are radiant. I breathed in the cool, fresh air deeply and was grateful to be alive.

The frosting on the cake, so to speak, was receiving my SparkPeople DVD in the mail. I won it on a daily bonus spin and am very excited now that it's here. Now I have even more variety for my cardio workout.

Then, as I was walking back to my apartment building, I caught sight of the late afternoon sun streaming through the golden leaves of a tree on the front lawn. The brilliant rays of light made the leaves glow with a beauty I can't even begin to describe. I just stood there in a state of wonder, drinking it all in.

Now, I will keep that picture in my heart for the times I feel discouraged and down - I will reach into my memory and retrieve that beautiful moment, that wonderful day - and I will be able to go on. emoticon

  
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ADJQUILTER 10/24/2011 5:34PM

    This is the best time of the year. I enjoyed a nice long walk outside yesterday.
The leaves are gorgeous, and it's so nice to not be too hot.

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This IS Living

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My last post had to do with coming to the realization that I had moved from having to exercise to wanting to exercise. Still, I felt I was struggling with the limitations of an eating plan and was feeling some self pity over not being able to indulge in pizza and cupcakes (the one because of high cholesterol, the other because of diabetes).

Today, however, was another one of those turning points. I ate within the parameters of my SparkPeople plan and loved every minute of it. I even had a vegetarian dinner that was absolutely delicious - red meat, what red meat? My blood sugar numbers are phenomenal, my energy is up and my mind feels more clear and sharp than it has in a long time.

Now I'm over another hurdle, but I don't want to puff myself up with pride. I'm still taking small steps and realize that consistency is the key to my success. I also have a great support community, and that's the best part of all. We're all here for each other, so I know there's no way I can't succeed at this, and that's the greatest feeling in the world. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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An Exciting Turning Point

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

This morning marked a significant change in my life and my attitude. I guess you could call it a "light bulb" moment - or maybe even a "Spark" moment.

I was about 3 minutes or so into my aerobic workout, which is a Leslie Sansone "Walking Away The Pounds" routine, when I realized that I was actually enjoying myself, and that it felt good to be moving my body. That was the moment I changed from "I have to exercise." to "I WANT to exercise." And it was a joyous moment to realize that I had made it over that hurdle and no longer viewed my fitness routine as drudgery.

I like what exercise is accomplishing for me. I am fitter already, and I can feel how it boosts my mood and energy level. Part of me wants to cry for having wasted all those years sitting on the couch and making excuses, but better late than never.

I"m setting a goal for myself now to finish a 5K - there's one in my area 10 months from now, so I have plenty of time to prepare. From there, who knows where I can go? The possibilities are endless.

  
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CRES765 10/21/2011 12:03AM

    Good luck, and congrats. Exercises is always the best things happen to me too.

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VERONICAVW_140 10/19/2011 2:35PM

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How exciting! What a wonderful feeling to love to exercise? Realizing what good it does for our bodie and attitude is such an eye opener. I'm so happy for you!

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PIGSOFGREEN 10/19/2011 1:44PM

    WOO HOO!!! I'm excited to get to that opint for myself, I'm certainly at the "have" to point, but I still enjoy it. It's just getting started that's tough.

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LAC936 10/19/2011 1:38PM

    Wow, you go girl! I'm still at the "have" to exercise phase of my life. I hate it, but know it's necessary. Good luck on the 5K.

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