Stage 4: Not a Turkey Button and other Musings...
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
So I got the email telling me I had graduated to Stage 4 of the Spark Diet and I put off making the switch for a day. I was hesitant for some reason. I searched my heart and discovered that II had this feeling of anxiety...like if I was in the last stage, then I should be at my goal weight by now and I'm not.
But I've since had some time to think about my journey and what it means to me and what it will mean for my future. I've come to realize that Stage 4 doesn't mean that I'm done. It's not a magical red button on a turkey, indicating doneness. Instead, I'm seeing it as a license to take off my training wheels-set some bigger goals and start using the lessons I've learned in the first three stages to accomplish my dreams.
So what are my dreams?
1. I want to be a fit, healthy mother and a role model for my girls. I want my girls to grow up enjoying a healthy lifestyle and I want to have as much time as possible to enjoy life with them.
2. I want to be a healthy, happy, amazing-looking wife for Mike. He is truly the kindness, smartest, funniest, most handsome man I've ever met and he deserves the best version of me that I can be.
3. I want to be proud of my choices and confident in my own skin. I want to believe myself when I promise things like I'm getting up at 5am to work out, or I'm going to stay away from the halloween candy. I want to have personal integrity. I want to be strong-physically and emotionally and psychologically.
4. I want to be a force for good in this world and a leader and inspiration for others in this life.
So in Stage 4 I set a lofty goal. To lose the last of the weight and to keep it off. And I used the medium-term goals to tackle these other goals and to help keep me on the path of a healthy life. I'm proud of myself and stage 4 is going to help me keep that streak alive.