Monday, May 20, 2013
Mondays get a bad rap. It's so tough to drag out of bed and start ANOTHER week each Monday. Why can't the weekend last just a little bit longer?
But Monday is also a chance to start anew, shake off all the indulgence of the weekend, and get back on track. Monday is an empty canvas waiting to be filled with our accomplishments. Today, I painted a portrait of the 'me I'd like to be'. I drank my water, stayed within my calorie range, met my step goal, got in a sweaty afternoon run, and will hopefully make it to bed in time to eek out (nearly) seven hours - okay, so I'm still working on that one.
Oh, dear Monday, you were good to me today! I hope everyone had the chance to make your Mondays fabulous, too!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
If so, then I've gotten quite the workout this weekend!
Other random thoughts:
How many calories does shooting pool burn?
What is the purpose of iceberg lettuce?
Is there a foodborne illness that I could get that wouldn't kill me but would jump start my weight loss?
When will I find my motivation again?
I refuse to call this a plateau. I think a plateau would imply that I'm still working toward my goals but not accomplishing them. Right now I'm just existing. I'm not up (thankfully) or down (unfortunately), but it could go either way from here.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
When you get started you never expect to get there. If you make it to the end, you probably don't even remember it.
But when you are there, halfway through the journey, it can be difficult not to linger. At least, I'm finding it difficult not to linger. The road to this point hasn't been easy, but I've survived! I even feel like my current weight is an accomplishment. People notice. I can find clothes that fit. I can fit into the seats at concerts. I can go for a run, or a hike, or any other spontaneous activity, without the fear that I'll be the one lagging behind. I look back at my life and know that lots of happy times in my past were at this weight. Honestly, it's 'easy' to maintain here.
But I told myself in the beginning that I wouldn't settle for easy.
On August 18, 2012, I started this journey with this sentence in my journal:
I'm ready. To make a change... To make several changes... To be different... Better.
Even at halfway, I feel like I have accomplished this. But am I too far removed from my former unpleasantness to remind myself why I journey onward? I notice that I'm letting little things slide. I'm not completely honest on my food tracking. I don't accomplish every workout that I put on my calendar. I don't meticulously plan and journal like I did in the beginning. I let myself be swayed by outside influences instead of doing what I know in me to be the right thing.
I've made it this far. I know that I am strong enough to keep going.
Online definition of 'strong': possessing skills or qualities that create
a likelihood of success
I know I am strong enough, but am I motivated enough? determined enough? committed enough? persistent enough? Those are my goals for this week: be motivated, be determined, be committed, be persistent.
Any thoughts on breaking through the halfway point?
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I feel everyone is on their own journey. I know for me personally, I have struggled my whole life with my weight. I believe that losing and maintaining a healthy weight are LIFESTYLE choices, not a 'diet' you can follow. I can look back at my life and see that there were times when I CHOSE healthy and times when I CHOSE the opposite.
After four months on SP, I decided to read The Spark. I still feel my motivation is high, and I haven't reached a plateau; but I attribute that to not waiting for those things to happen to seek out new sources of inspiration. I don't think The Spark would have affected me as much had I read it earlier in my journey.
I chose to read it in February because it is a 28-day program and fit that month quite nicely. I printed out the trackers and carried them and my journal everywhere with me this month. I participated in the action steps it recommends. I found week four to be a little abstract to me at this point in my journey (focus on maintenance and goal setting beyond weight loss), but I've bookmarked several items to revisit and feel extra sparked to get to that point in my journey.
I think there are two words I would use to describe my journey:
I strive to be different - I know that up until this point I have not lived the life I want to live, but this time it's different. I strive to be aware - of the choices I make with food, activity, how I spend my time, where I focus my energy, with everything.
The Spark and Sparkpeople.com have really shown me how to accomplish my goals. The resources are endless and endlessly valuable. There are resources for every stage, every struggle, every victory along the way - and I feel like I've only begun to use a small portion of them.
I encourage anyone out there who is wondering where to start, where to find the motivation, or even where to direct themselves now that they've accomplished their goals to read The Spark. It's another great tool to help you along the way!
Monday, February 04, 2013
Somewhere on your list of priorities should be you.
I love the water. I want to live a healthy, active life and enjoy hobbies like sailing and swimming with manatees.
I love my vision collage because it reminds me that everything is in my reach.
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