Sunday, March 03, 2013
I read a blog yesterday that really inspired me. I don’t remember whose blog it was, but she said something about an allegiance pledge she’d made to herself. I really liked that idea!
This morning, I read another blog that inspired me. This person decided to have what she called a Firecracker March. For March, she chose one thing she is going to work on every day and she also chose a talisman to serve as a reminder. In her case, it is quitting smoking and her talisman is a bracelet against cancer.
Both of these blogs really resonate for me. I need to act on both of them for myself. Yet, how do I do that? I am not going to choose lightly, blithely. I DO need to do something! I have been going through the Spark motions for far too long.
I have decided my Firecracker is going to be exercise. I am going to do something every day. I walked to IKEA today, through part of the store, bought only one cinnamon roll and walked home. 1.8 miles. My hip really did not like it, but I completed the walk! I am not sure what to use as my talisman. Today I wore a t shirt I bought aboard the USS Midway years ago. The front says “got freedom”? and has the USS Midway shield and name on the back. I wore a red, white and blue bracelet that I got at Starbucks last year. It’s a bracelet that they sold and donated the proceeds to a foundation for jobs in America. Neither the shirt nor the bracelet touches on the need for exercise, but freedom and jobs are causes that are bigger than me. Maybe that’s the answer. I could dedicate each exercise session to a cause that I care about. One of my favorite charities is the Second Harvest Food Bank and, with the severe budget cuts, the need for their service is needed even more than ever. Another is St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I have supported the Hospital for years and do so more now than ever because a coworker’s daughter is a patient.
I’ll keep thinking about my personal pledge, but, at least I got started by walking today!
My brother gave me an Amazon gift card for Christmas and I used part of the balance to buy that new SP book that will ship in May. I cannot wait to receive it! I also have a Spark Fitness DVD coming – a win on the points wheel, first time I have ever won something like that on the wheel! Woohoo!
For many reasons, I am battling with a renewed lack of self-esteem, but I am not beating myself up about my past choices that have put me in this situation. Yes, the cinnamon roll was not the best choice, but it was also not the worst one either. On the continuum of the journey, the fact that I bought one for $1 instead of 6 for $4 is a step forward!