The above picture is my vision board. I made it mostly from magazine clippings and then I wrote over the pictures. I thought I would take some time to explain what the pictures and words mean to me. This is both to benefit you, especially since you can't see everything in the picture, and me, too. I think putting the meaning in writing will help it to stay in the front of my mind.
First, I'll go over the pictures. They mostly show my physical goals. I want to be able to run at least a 5K, ride a bicycle for a long distance, play tennis, and swim for a long time without getting too tired. I, also, want to regain some of my flexibility, work on my balance, and gain strength. I want to not only be confident in who I am, but also, how I look. Although, these are all goals that I really want. The biggest goal, I have, is just to be healthy. I don't want to follow my family history of medical problems. I want to do what I can, now, to add healthy years back to my life.
Now, the words, are the true driving force for me. They are what really motivate me to continue living a healthy lifestyle. Some of the words and sayings came from magazines, some are from other people's vision boards that inspired me, and the rest are things that I just made up myself. The center of the board has a Bible verse, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3". That is because God should be the center of my world and I am working to make that happen. This verse reminds me to give everything to Him and then stop worrying about it. A big part of my new healthy lifestyle is making my body a truly wonderful temple for God.
One of my favorites sayings on my board is, "Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels." I have always loved food. I love to cook and all of our family get-togethers have always been centered around food. I'm sure that is one of the reasons for so many family medical problems. Like I said before, I don't want to follow that path, so this saying is something I need to keep at the front of my mind. There are plenty of healthy foods that taste amazing, too. There is no reason to eat a bunch of unhealthy food just because it tastes good. I will thank myself later for making the right choice.
I'm sorry to end this blog before I finish, but I really have to go, now. I promise to come back and do another blog, where I will go over the rest of my vision board. I hope my board helps to inspire you to keep up the good work and maybe even make your own vision board. Mine is already helping me to stay on track.
To be continued...
I'm finally finishing this blog. I'm so sorry it took me so long. A lot has happened in the last month. I've stayed strong and stuck with my new healthy habits. I feel better and can see tons of changes. I'm still really excited about SP. I have had days where I was down, but I find that I'm pretty positive most of the time. I know I can do this!
Now, back to the vision board. To tell you the truth, it is right on my refrigerator, but I rarely pay attention to it anymore. I think I'm just used to it being there. I do think about some of the things that are on it on a regular basis, though. It may be time for me to make a new one or maybe I just need to find a better place for this one.
The part of my vision board that I use the most, is actually a saying that I already went over. It is the one that says, "Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels". Whenever I want to eat something that is really unhealthy, I try to think of this and just weigh out whether it is worth eating it or not. I also think about this next saying from my board, when I'm tempted, "Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want at the moment". This works for many goals, both related and unrelated to healthy living. I try to think of it when I want to eat something unhealthy, when I don't want to exercise, when I'm being lazy, and when I think about buying something I really don't need.
Another saying on my board is, "First you make your habits. Then your habits make you". This is a really good one. I have already found this to be true. I have changed a lot of habits. The biggest change is adding exercise to my daily life. Before, I was not very active. I didn't feel well and it was hard to move, so I avoided doing much. Now, I workout almost every day and I feel great! I have lost over 25 lbs since the beginning of January, and although I have a lot more to lose, those 25 lbs have made a huge difference in me. So many things are a lot easier to do and I can see that I'm building muscle, too.
I used to be the best at justifying my actions, or my lack of action. I'm a terrible procrastinator, too. On my vision board, I wrote, "No excuses", "Do it now", and "Just start". Those are to motivate myself to just get things done and the hardest part is just starting. After I begin an activity, whether it be exercising, cleaning, or whatever, it is easy to continue it and get it done. I don't know why it is so hard to just start it to begin with.
Most of the rest of my board consists of single words that are pretty self-explanatory. They are things that I want to achieve, like flexibility, strength, balance, and freedom. I never realized how many things I can't do or don't allow myself to do, because of my weight. Now, I'm working to be healthy, which will cause me to lose weight, and will give me the freedom to do whatever I want.
I'm so excited about the changes I'm making and the bright future ahead of me. I hope that this has given you some ideas, some inspiration, and maybe a little motivation. Stick to your goals. It is a lot of work and often very hard work, but it will be so worth it in the end. Who's with me? Are you going stick with it and accomplish your goals? I am. I will prove it. If you give up, you'll be left in my dust, but I'd rather have you by my side.