Friday, November 10, 2006
I don't know what it is, or how to explain it, but I feel good today. Kind of like, I made peace with myself and I'm ready to move forward, keep working at this, and roll with the punches. I won't beat myself up anymore if I get on the scale and it hasn't moved down, I'll just keep trying. My body has it's own mind and it does things in it's own time, that's something very important that I've learned over these last 6 months (wow, has it been that long already?). I'm not quitting, I'm not stopping, I'm not backing away. I'm going forward and if it takes a year or two years to get to where I want to be, that's okay. If I'm kinder to my body, perhaps it will be kinder to me.
And I feel the need to say something to YOU, whoever you may be. You may be a person that I 'talk' to often here at Spark or you may be someone new who happened by here and left me a kind message (or maybe you didn't leave a message). Whoever you are, I really have to say this:
I am so proud of you. I am proud of the decision you have made to make a change in your lifestyle. You may need to lose 20, 30 or 40 lbs; or you may be where I am which is needing to lose over 100 lbs. Trust me when I say this, it CAN happen. All over Sparkpeople there are people who have done it, and people who are doing it right now. This will not be easy, it will not happen overnight, don't expect to wake up tomorrow and be at your goal weight. But what you can expect is to better your health, to inspire other people by telling them about your journey (like on our sparkpages), to inspire your family to want to make some needed changes in their lives, and even if no one ever says so directly to you, I think we are all encouraging others who might come by our pages and go away with gained-knowledge, some new ideas, something they learned from YOU.
I believe in what goes around, comes around. What you put out will come back to you so please, stop and encourage someone along the way. You don't have to ''know'' them to inspire them. I didn't know anyone here when I started here back in May but I have met some of the most fabulous women and seen some truly inspirational stories from just visiting people's sparkpages. Visit some new sparkpages, leave a kind comment to someone and when people support you, give them support too. None of us are going to be able to go thru this alone, we need each other.
And when you are feeling weak and tired and thoroughly sick of the whole 'diet' thing, let someone know. Ask for support if you aren't getting it, it's okay to let people know that you're struggling. We are all here for the same reason, let's all support and encourage each other along the way. You may never know, but something you say to someone today may change their lives tomorrow.
And lastly, be kind to yourselves. You're the only You that your body is ever going to have. Love it, nurture it, treat it with kindness. Be good to you because you are worthy and you are important and I am very very glad you're here.
Tomorrow is another day, be
kind to yourself and to someone else.