Wednesday, June 08, 2011
The initial idea of growing a garden of success started after I lost my first initial 10 pounds after joining SP. I love plants, and decided to buy a small ones as a little rewards. The first one I bought was a little small african violet with large white flowers on it. I brought it home and set it on top of the PS2 next to my tv, so that when I look at my tv I have a reminder of the progress I've made so far. After thinking about it, I decided that since I love flowers/plants, why not use them as small rewards for every 10 pounds I lose.
Monday, when I weighed myself, I discovered I was down another 10 pounds (and under 200 :D). I looked forward to picking up a new little plant. When I was at the grocery store last night, I found a small little gorgeous african violet with deep dark burgendy flowers with ruffled petal edges. This little gem now resides on my desk.
I have a small little indoor garden of success started, but looking back and reflecting.... It is more than just the physical plants themselves. They are a symbol of so much more than just the weight lost. It is about clothes being too big and going down a size, about starting to find my waist, and actually seeing positive changes in my arms, legs, and butt :D, about the increase in energy, about being able to do 40-60 min of kickboxing when I used to have to fight tooth and nail to finish 20 minutes of it when starting SP.
As I watch the flowers continue grow and bloom, so has my success and momentum. As new flowers poke their heads up and uncurl their leaves and as new little leaves poke up and grow into larger leaves, it reminds me that SP is about so much more than just watching the numbers on the scale go down. That it is about the journey along the way, about seeing and feeling one's self grow.