Today as I was working - I am a teleworker, I used my lunch time to rest because I was going back for water aerobics and belly dancing. I did research and also talked it over with my doctor and physical therapist to ensure that I was going to be strengthening my leg and not injuring it. Belly dance is the exercise for those who may have something that keeps them from fully participating in another type of exercise - it makes concessions, During that thought process, I had a revelation.
Many of us here, chose spark because we want to lose weight, but I have also found that there are other reasons - and they include not just the body, but mind and spirit. This process as we become familiar with our bodies, we begin to uncover who we are, we start to change those things that do not improve the quality of our lives. Sometimes we get discouraged, we quit, we complain, we get angry and occasionally there can be some jealously, and that is okay. We are works in process. For many of us this is the first time we have actually done something consistent for ourselves, eating right, exercising as well as we can, communicating with others and making changes that we never thought possible. So, we need to trust the process and enjoy every moment of the journey. Didn't lose a pound this week, but your skirt is too big in the waist, celebrate the process and that victory; scale won't budge, but your skin has improved 100% and you are not chugging down an entire pizza, trust the process, and then enjoy it.
I am in an 84 day process and I am enjoying it - the scale ain't moved, I have a picture with a wedgie posted on the INTERNET, nonetheless, but I am enjoying the process. Today, I took two aquatics classes as they are my physical therapy - cool isn't it. I also took two belly dancing classes. New to me, couldn't do everything right, but my chest and arms are tender because we have to hold our arms out for 3.5 minutes at a time, shimmy our hips and rotate stuff. It was a subtle packed with whomp workout . I am trusting the process with little steps, small victories and wonderful goals. I may not be at the weight that I want ( and eating Klondike bars ain't much of a help either), but I am learning so much about me. I know that I can still climb mountains, demand that they move out of my way, or go around them. I may have been in the valley of dry bones, but even those bones received new life. But I got victories, so here are my ten things I am grateful for:
1. I smile easy now
2. I was able to watch myself in the mirror today and not want to turn away
3. I worked my abs and for me that is major because I believed that abs were the one body part that was not redeemable.
4. I did not take on an unnecessary battle
5. I value my family, whether or not they are doing life the way I want them too, it does not matter.
6. I am grateful for consistency
7. Today, I really ate well , I trusted the process and then enjoyed it.
8. For my husband and his strengthen and wisdom
10. Healing that which I believe would always be sick.
Thank you for reading my blog. I do hope it provided something positive for you.