Monday, November 21, 2011
It has been over 3 years since I first joined SPARK and though I made great progress early on, I found myself stuck in a rut or slump. Realizing this is my own doing, I decided to take control back and joined a new "Motivate" challenge with Done Being the Fat Girl Team. How appropriate as what I definitely need is motivation! Our first challenge is to assess what it is that motivates us...why did we join the challenge, SPARK, or made the decision to do something now?
I joined SPARK in 2008 as a result of being so unhappy with myself and being the heaviest I had ever been in my life. I had quit smoking 3 years prior and allowed myself the excuse to eat as a replacement. Well that could not continue! SPARK itself was a motivation in the beginning... so many resources, support groups, ability to track food and fitness! The first 6 months I was rocking (I lost over 50 lbs.) - then I seemed to lose momentum.... WHY!?
I have struggled to identify why the change in motivation. However, asking myself this question now has me really thinking it boils down to boredom. I love change and new things are motivating to me. No different than this new "Motivate" challenge giving me a SPARK to jump back on that wagon and be motivated again. NOW I ask myself, what am I going to do to keep things changing and the motivation running high? This challenge is 15 weeks long, so I have some time to think about what is next. However, for the time being our "Motivate" leaders will keep things new for me each week.
I WILL SUCCEED - the time is NOW!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
When my little boy started school 12 years ago, I never imagined it to go by so quickly. I also never imagined him to turn out to be the extraordinary individual he is. Yes, we all have high hopes for our children, but realize they are human too and will make mistakes as they grow. I think back to some of the things my husband and I did as teenagers and here stories of what other parents have experienced, and realize we are VERY lucky to have such a wonderful son! Now he has reached completion of his high school education and will begin a new chapter in his life. This fall he will be off to college, but for now I'm going to focus on enjoying the time we have together with him at home.
When I graduated HS, I also never imagined reaching completion of my next educational chapter. I was not ready for college back then and some time ago decided in order to progress in my career, I needed to get that piece of paper to add to my experience. Well it only took me about 10 years to reach that goal, a few life bumps along the way, but I finally reached completion in obtaining my Bachelor's degree - and boy does it feel good! What felt even better was how proud my husband was of my accomplishment too. :o)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Teal Trooper Daily Challenge - 5 things I like about me:
1) I am a strong person
2) I am dependable
3) I am caring
4) I am a good mother
5) I am not a quitter
Why is it so hard to say what we like about ourselves? I am perfectionist, and find it much easier to find something that can be fixed vs. celebrating what is good... something I need to work on.
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