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Learning to be Content with Less


Sunday, November 21, 2010

This year has been full of amazing changes and progress for me, so, know with the winter fast approaching, my transformation seems to be grinding to a halt. I know that's an improvement over past years, but I'm used to being able to see results either on the scale or in my running times etc etc etc. It is harder for me to gauge improvement when the results are not as measurable (ie., not whining and complaining or sitting around just stuffing my face). I guess I need to be celebrating that I am still moving, even if it isn't to the degree that I was over the spring and summer. I also can celebrate that I am still eating healthy and drinking my water (though more of it is in the form of hot herbal teas). I can also celebrate that I am getting better at getting my rest. I am striving for an average of 7 1/2 to eight hours per night. I am also getting a little better at the budgeting, but holding my breath on that one as the holidays are quickly approaching.

All in all, I am trying to learn to be content with what I am able to accomplish, and then, trying to push myself - however small the step - a little more forward to where I envision myself. Maybe this is the part of the journey where I need to learn to persevere, even though the forward progress is not where I want it to be, just for the sake of developing the trait of perseverance.....much like patience, not a fun lesson to learn.
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GRATEFUL4TODAY 11/27/2010 12:29AM

    This has been a year of amazing changes for me too! This Thanksgiving week I did two nine mile runs plus a few trips to the gym but have overeaten horribly. Running Buddy and I have determined not to fall away from our goals and progress made so we will be hitting the trail hard through the winter and are looking to do my second half in the spring and hopefully first full in the fall. Already I have some catching up to do but I am thankful daily for the time and skill that God has given me to devote to my fitness.

Thanks for your comments. I am encouraged to press on thanks to you!

God Bless!
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MRSUKYANKEE 11/22/2010 3:51AM

    I'm right there with ya. I know that I set a big goal to lose weight over the holidays and I'm thinking that it wasn't very realistic. 10 lbs over the holidays? Ha. I know I'll be going to parties and celebrations until Jan 1. So I'm reigning in that goal and just hoping to either stay where I am now or perhaps lose a pound or two...plus watch my portion size, eat as healthy as I can during non-celebratory meals and try to exercise as much as I can. Best of luck to you!!

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MEADSBAY 11/21/2010 4:50PM

    Just because you cannot see physical changes does not mean your transformation has ground to a halt.
It's very obvious you are making some phenomenal changes in your thinking, your health and your life.
Keep it up!
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TEAPOT57 11/21/2010 3:46PM

    Lorraine you are lucking you have seen the scale move over the year . Me it still has not gone below my first goal and it's going on three years in February . I still push myself to work out and eat healthy . Now that I am going to a gym the scales goes up must be I am still building muscle. Well I have made so many goals over the last three years and have not met one yet. Joined a gym and after one month the membership fees are going up so I don't know what we are going to end up doing . Most of our church goes to this gym now with the fees going up I don't know how many will still be going. I have got to stay positive if not this gym check into others the thing is we paid the start up fee and most places the start up fee is what holds me back from joining any other gym. At least at this gym the twenty five dollars was for the three of us. Then it was fifth teen dollars each for the three of us a month.
I asked one of the women she has been going to Zumba for seven weeks and she said she has not seen the scale go down at all for her either. She weighs around my weight . She goes to Zumba three to four times a week with a couple other women from church . My daughter and I tried it but we are not coordinated enough and felt awkward. It hurt my hip where I had surgery and her knees. So workout on the weights and treadmill, Elliptical , rowing machine and bikes .
It seems like everyone of my Spark friends that runs has lost a great deal of weight and some have made there goal. I have tried running but it is to hard on my joints and it hurts to much for me when I breath. So I do some sprints .
Well you should be very proud of yourself you made your goal and have been maintaining it. That's the goal I have been working of. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Hugs and Love Lorraine

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