Monday, March 08, 2010
Today was a lesson in the significance of small markers; those small physical changes that continue to mark my success. As I walk this journey, I often only see the uphill climb, ever-challenging me- to remain consistent and faithful to maintaining and improving a healthy lifestyle. I very rarely comprehend the significance of where I am now, versus where I was when I started this resolution in January. When I see them or feel the rewards- however small- I must take a moment to absorb them to the fullest of their beauty, and not discount their full value.
Today's marker came in the form of a shadow. A soft, beautiful shadow. While dressing this morning, I caught a shadow on my thigh- it was the faint definition of quadricept definition extending seven inches from my knee up my leg. I did a double-take. I'll be honest.... the next thing I did was flex and pose to be sure I wasn't seeing things!
have been 170 pounds for three striaght months. Can you imagine what that feels like- how discouraging it has the potential to be? How many people out there would have given up? How many women would have silently reprimanded themselves as failures? How disheartening and abusive one's self-dialogue can become in the face of that fact?
I'm glad to say... That's not me. I deserve better than to give up, or talk to myself negatively.
If I did not whole-heartedly believe in the values and principles supported by this sight, I would have long given up. I must admit, however, I have been thirsty for a sign of change. I felt so rewarded this morning. To know that my three-month effort, where my scale has not moved ONE SINGLE POUND does not matter much. I am stronger and more toned. I have energy. My knees dont' hurt (as much) as they did before.
Please, do not fail to recognize your successes. Enjoy your journey, not just the end goal. As for me, I'll keep walking down that road, and I hope to meet you.