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Start Celebrating How Far You've Come

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I am not just myself's worst critical, I am myself's awful critic. Even though I look in the mirror and do double takes not believing its me, I always manage to see something that I think I need to change and my happy mood changes to frustration.

About a month ago, I went shopping and brought some size 4 shorts, jeans and skirts and a couple of XS tank tops and when I got home all I kept saying was how awful I thought my abs and arms looked. Not celebrating the fact that I've never worn a size 4 nor XS in my life. So why didn't I celebrate that victory but instead focused on what I think was the negative. Did I mention that all the things I think look awful others do not see it like I see it. The reason I couldn't celebrate is sometimes I still saw myself as the old obese person and not as the new person who is smaller than I've ever been in my life and not to mention in the best fitness shape and health of my life.

A couple of weeks later it finally hit me how far I have come when I saw some of my old clothes that I have given to my sister and realized that those were the sizes I used to wear. Then I started looking at other things like the collection of fitness DVDs that I have amassed in the last 6 months and I do each and every one of them. And the new reality hit me that this is the new me and I look good. Not to be arrogant but when you put in a lot of work with working out and eating right you should want to proudly portray your progress. Now with the help of GOD I walk in confidence and do not dwell on the negative - I still am critical of myself, but I have learned to celebrate every victory no matter how great or small.

So whether you've lost 1lb or 100lbs whether you work out 10 min or 100 min celebrate how far you've come because before you started this journey if you were like me you were a junk eater and had inconsistent workouts (if you worked out at all). So lets Celebrate Sparkpeeps. The fact that you are even on this site is a victory within itself - it shows that you are ready to make a change.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HICALGAL 5/16/2012 3:52AM

    exactly!! sometimes i forget the body i'm in and keep current pics of myself everywhere to remind me of how far ive come, the hard work ive done to get where i am today and mostly...not to blow it!!

its been one heck of a journey that i will always be on.. but the rewards have been beyond my imagination. congrats on ur accomplishments...U GO SIS!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LMCUSA 5/10/2012 1:38AM

    Well Done! Outstanding blog straight talk.
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BLUE42DOWN 5/9/2012 3:18PM


Very important point!

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NEWMOM20121 5/9/2012 9:06AM

    Congratulations. Wonderful blog. You have done an amazing job not only loosing weight, but helping others stay motivated and giving advice. Well done my friend, well done.

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AGAPENURSE 5/9/2012 9:01AM

    Congrats to you! And thank you for your honesty. I struggle with the same issue. Before I logged on and read your blog, I'd just thought to myself that I would focus on the positive. This was confirmation from God. Bless you!

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LADYGSC 5/8/2012 10:34PM

    Congratulations are in order!! Yes, totally agree with you, we need to give ourselves props. I still have a ways to go, but I remind myself of where I was and I'm happy that I'm no longer in that place. I'm on my way to victory and living a healthy lifestyle. Loved your blog - be blessed and not stressed!

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FLABBALICIOUS 5/8/2012 10:07PM

    Well said. We always forget to pat ourselves on the back for Job well done. "Success is best measured by how far you've come with the talents you've been given."

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SHERYLDS 5/8/2012 6:59PM

    excellent blog....thanks for sharing

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~Fredrick Koeing

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