Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I said this yesterday to a friend who's struggling. "Weight is just a number." It made me really think about it. I said it off the cuff to give her comfort... as it has been said to me so many times. Every time it's been said to me I roll my eyes and think, but you don't have 200 pounds to lose. Of course, it's just a number. When I said it I truly knew the meaning... Spark People gave me a new definition.
We put so much stock in what the number is... I can't tell you how many times I've stepped on a scale praying it would be down... and how many times I've been disappointed. That disappointed is a really hard blow to my motivation. I always thought, that if I didn't lose weight according to my expectations, then what's the point? How many times have you mapped out on a calendar that your can lose 10 pounds by your birthday, 30 pounds by Christmas, 50 pounds by that dreaded reunion? How many times has that worked for you? For me, never.
It's just too much pressure and no matter how many times I try, I really can't control what my body does. What it holds onto, and what it gives up. I CAN control, what I choose to put in it, how I treat it, and how I respect it. I started to look at my streaks and really truly knew that I had made some ground.
I took a real good look at the Spark People website and realized that weight was just a small part of this journey. This website focuses on so much more. The number is actually so small, you hardly notice it. So, I decided that weight is just a number and that I have so much more... so much more that I started a list.
I drink at least 8 glasses a water everyday
I eat 5 -9 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday
I exercise at least 30 minutes everyday
I take vitamins everyday
I stretch everyday
I write in my journal everyday
I eat only lean meats everyday
I plan my meals out before I go out to eat, every time
I log into spark people everyday
I reward myself when I hit goals I've set
I've asked my family and friends for help and support
I've quit smoking
I respect my body and treat it with care
I find opportunities for additional exercise; gardening, parking further from the store, taking the stairs.
I take time everyday to notice the changes in my body; I breath better, move easier, sleep less, think clearer, etc.
I didn't do it all in one day. I started with one small goal and once I mastered that, I added another... and then another... and then another. I've only lost 16 pounds... strike that... I've LOST 16 POUNDS... but I've gained so much more.
One of the best things... are my friends here. We're in this together and together we'll achieve our goals. Just don't give up or give in to the demon inside the scale.