Happy Anniversary To Me!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Happy anniversary to me! A year ago today, I was web-surfing (which is actually quite unusual for me) and found a mention of SparkPeople on a stranger’s blog about weight loss. I checked it out… and the rest, as they say, is history.
I’ve been thinking about this momentous day for a couple of weeks, thinking about what I wanted to say. I’ve had all sorts of great ideas, most of which have all disappeared out of my head. So I’ll just start here:
Thanks to SparkPeople and everyone behind it. Thanks to my great teams: Colorado Women who have helped me SO much, Depression and Dieting, and our great little team on “Exercise Like You Mean It!”—those women know how to kick you in the behind when you need it most!
Does this sound like the Academy Awards yet?
Seriously… I still get frustrated with this journey. I don’t always make good choices. Sometimes I choose the bad ones instead. I don’t lose weight as quickly as I would like. My fat calories frequently go over for the day. I gain weight on vacation. I have a relentless sweet tooth, and I’m sorry, SparkPeople gurus, but FRUIT just ain’t gonna cut it.
But I realized something this morning.
That’s all part of it! It’s all part of the journey. And while there is a goal in mind at the end, this morning, I realized something important. The journey is actually MORE important than the goal! So if I can step back, and cut myself some slack, I see…
I have actually come to the point that when I am tired, I frequently CHOOSE to exercise, because it will make me feel more energized afterwards. I have been known (maybe only once or twice, but it’s a start) to pass by the cheese tray at a party. I use whole wheat pasta, brown rice (at least some of the time), and make my sandwiches with whole wheat bread. I have learned that frequently, one bite of ice cream tastes every bit as good as a whole bowl. I have found that eating the right things at breakfast makes me feel better all day long. I bought a hot pink water bottle so that I can’t ignore it, and I try to get my 8 cups a day. Quite unexpectedly, I have become pretty good at finding “healthy opportunities.”
And the great part is, the journey isn’t over, and I still get to keep learning more!
Hooray for me!