Sunday, May 17, 2009
I haven't posted a blog for awhile and just realized it's because life is just sort of flowing along....no big ups and no big downs. I seem to get the urge to write only when I'm celebrating a new weight loss or a new accomplishment.
I decided today, that having life peacefully "flowing along" is worth an even bigger celebration! It means that this healthier lifestyle is just part of me now. I don't fret over not losing every week, missing an exercise day, going out to eat with friends, or even spending 10 days vacationing in New Orleans (the land of beignets, jambalaya, and pralines). Eating sensibly and exercising are a part of my life now. I may have an occasional "oops", but I know that in the long scheme of things, it doesn't matter much. I just jump back into the routine and keep riding along....
It's time to celebrate this normalcy and rejoice in the accomplishments of the past 8 month's since I found Spark People....
1- I've lost almost 45 lbs. I'm not losing weight quickly anymore, but I'm also not gaining it back so I know that my body is adjusting.
2-I'm stronger and healthier. I don't take any medications and the aches and pains are minimal.
3-I'm able to enjoy life again...biking with my husband, walking my dogs, gardening, exercising with friends
4- I've found a group of wonderful supportive friends on Spark People. I love visiting with them every day and I look forward to having them in my life for years to come. Spark people is part of my life now and I know that as long as I keep active in this community, I'll continue in my lifestyle.
5-I enjoy shopping for clothes, cooking healthy meals, making long lists of jobs to be done and having the energy to actually accomplish them.
6- I wake up in the morning with a positive attitude, looking forward to my day.
All these things seem so "normal". Why celebrate? Because, I'm so blessed in my life now. I look back and see how much my life has changed in only a few months and it's overwhelming.
When life is running smoothly, we tend to rush through our day and forget how fortunate we are that there isn't a crisis- no one is ill- we feel good- we're enjoying ourselves-and we are so richly blessed.
When feeling frustrated, depressed or anxious.....take a moment to write a short list of all the things that you've accomplished. The ways your life has improved even in the small ways.
Celebrate the "normalcy" and enjoy going with the flow....