Monday, April 23, 2012
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
-Henry David Thoreau
I read this quote on a blog over the weekend and it struck a deep chord with me. This is what I want to have those unexpected success in the common hours of my day -not just the times of celebration. I cherish being able to do more than I could last year. Simple things like, hook my own bra, bend over and tie my shoes. I sat on the ground in a field of bluebonnets for Easter pictures, it is a Texas tradition, for the first time in 7 years. Best of all, I could get up by myself. It wasn't fast or pretty, but I could do it. Last year, when I walked, I hobbled. This year I can almost do the model strut, again. (I was a plus size model briefly in my 20's.)
I didn't appreciate how strong and flexible I was in my 20's and 30's. Now I rejoice at each step I take toward getting back my strength and flexibility. Currently, I am at my lowest weight in 20 years. I can wear a 20 comfortably and squeeze into some 18's. I am ecstatic!! I have cheekbones, dimples and collarbones again.
There are so many blessings that have come to me on this journey. I started it by myself, because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. After a week, my husband joined me on the journey. We both plan meals and track them. With two of us working on the journey, we always have good healthy food available for everyone-rather than my food and their food. The greatest blessing is that my college age son is learning the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. He has given up soda and drinks mostly water now. He has going from being a video game playing couch potato to a young man who walks for hours at a time. Last week, he mentioned an interest in starting to run. I sent him links to articles on Sparkpeople. My son discusses health interests with me. I have conversations about what produce is wonderful this year at work and at church. (By the way-the strawberries, plums and asparagus are wonderful this year.)
I am learning to listen to my body and eat what I am hungry for-when I am hungry. I grew up being told not to snack between meals. Now, I plan my meals and my snacks. I eat mindfully. I have learned to love fruits and vegetables I have never eaten before. It was truly shocking the first time I found something too sweet for me to eat. I still love sweets, but I have found that a little goes a long way. Tonight's dessert, after I finish my Cardio (that always makes me grin), is my version of a Black Forest Sundae- a Skinny Cow Vanilla ice Cream sandwich topped with dried cherries and a tablespoon of No sugar added cherry preserves that I will warm in the microwave-230 calories of scrumptious.
So much success and unexpected joy that together make my "common" hours very uncommon.
Spark On! We Got this!