Wednesday, May 16, 2012
As part of BLC19, we were asked to write a blog about how we see ourselves in the future, what we want and how we plan to make it happen. I found it very interesting that this was assigned on the same week that the Weight Watchers leader talked about shedding the image in our mind of 'who we used to be'.
The Tammy of the not too distant future is happier and healthier. Healthier because I exercise almost daily, eat healthy and make better decisions, in general, about my health and lifestyle. I no longer take anti-diabetic medication because I have improved my diet enough to quit taking it. I am very proud of being off this medicine for multiple reasons, but mostly because I hated the fact that I was taking a maintenance medication simply because I was overweight. It feels goodto know that I had enough self-control and willpower to change that.
I am healthier because I cook at home most of the time. When I am short on time, I no longer go to a fast food drive thru. I keep food on hand that can be fixed quickly. The thought of greasy fast food doesn't even sound good anymore. Other than my morning coffee, drive thru food is not part of who I am.
I am able to mountain bike with my youngest son. I am still slower than he is, but mostly because I am not the risk taker that he is. I know a wreck on the rocks is going to hurt. :-) I can hike out of the steepest waterfall trail now without my oldest son having to carry my pack part of the way.
I am consistently running a distance of 4 miles at least 3 days each week. I have completed my first half marathon with a very respectable time of 2:25. I don't run sometimes; I am a runner! It takes strong muscles and determination to complete a half marathon, but I did it!!
I don't miss the jiggle on my biceps at all...as much as I used to hate strength training, I finally came to the realization that it had to be done. I now love it! I can't imagine why I disliked it before. I love how toned I am and wear sleeveless shirts to show off my arms. I no longer have a muffin top, not even a mini muffin top. I can wear form fitting shirts without being self-conscience of the rolls. I even wear a 2 piece bathing suit out in public!
I am happier because I realize how hard I have worked to get to this point and I see all the hard work paying off. I am happier because I know I have done, and will continue to do, everything I can to assure that I am around for a long time. I am an asset to my family, not a burden that I may have become if I hadn't improved my lifestyle. I am happier because I know that I deserve all the benefits that I now reap. I didn't do this for anyone else, I did this for me and that's the best reason of all. I am happier because I serve as a good example of how one should take care of themselves, I have even noticed my sons eating healthier and being more active because of me...that is the best reward of all.
I love who I am today. I think having to take the journey has been a blessing in disguise. I have learned through this journey, that there is a HUGE difference between being skinny and being healthy. I have learned that a healthy body is a strong body. I have learned that I love me with curves...curves are sexy. I have much more self confidence today than I did when I was skinny and certainly more than I did when I was overweight and unhealthy.
"What can I do TODAY that will help me to create or enhance the healthy habits the "future me" will need to have?"
Today (and every day), I can make sure I drink plenty of water. Today (and every day), I can plan fresh fruits and vegetables into my daily meals, not just grab them for a snack. Today (and every day), I can plan exercise into my day. Any exercise is better than no exercise. Even on days when I may not have time for a full hour, I can get 2 - 20 minute runs or walks in. I will push myself to do a little more and a little faster so I can reach my fitness goals. I can and will schedule strength training into my workouts so that one day I will be able to say that I really love it. Today (and every day), I can make healthy food choices in general. I can and will keep the fat down in my meals and make sure I have plenty of fresh fruits/vegetables along with my protein choice. Today (and every day), I will remember what I want the 'future me' to be like and I will make my decisions accordingly.