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The Importance of Acting "As If"


Friday, November 30, 2012

I am very happy to report that it's been a full month since I've been back on Spark. I've been tracking what I've been eating in full honesty, incorporating moderate exercise at 30 minute clips for at least two times per week, and eating breakfast regardless if I am hungry.

I really, really, REALLY didn't want to do anything of these things a month ago, but I knew I had to start somewhere and I knew that I had to start small. Small leads to bigger (no pun intended) and bigger leads to smaller!

So... I acted "as if". As if I believed in myself again... as if I believed I could undo the damage... as if I believed I was worthy. Because I am.

What's changed? So much...

emoticon I am laughing again.
emoticon I am smiling again.
emoticon I am encouraging others again.
emoticon My pants aren't suction cupped to my booty.
emoticon I am drinking enough water every single day.
emoticon I am back to running (slow) 5K's!
emoticon I'm signed up for a new year's 5K with TJDOESLIFE!
emoticon I've enjoyed my food in moderation for the most part.
emoticon I hit my required gym visits to get a reimbursement!
emoticon My brain is working again!!!
emoticon I don't look or feel like this anymore!

Most of all, not only do I feel hopeful again but I don't feel hopeless. Getting started is the hardest part. Now? Now when I stumble, I get back up again and remember not all has been lost. It's not all or nothing, I just get to choose better for myself next time.

emoticon I am so very thankful.

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TRENTDREAMER 12/2/2012 10:32AM

    "I am very happy to report that it's been a full month since I've been back on Spark. "
* gr8 2 have u back!

"but I knew I had to start somewhere and I knew that I had to start small. Small leads to bigger (no pun intended) and bigger leads to smaller! "
* Amen!!

"What's changed? So much... "
* Really happy for you on this

"Now? Now when I stumble, I get back up again and remember not all has been lost. It's not all or nothing, I just get to choose better for myself next time. "
* Sounds like a success story in the making. I will try to keep following your blog posts. tap me on the shoulder if I don't respond to one in a couple of days.

Love the pic!




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CHICAT63 12/2/2012 7:22AM

    emoticon emoticon ....love ya !

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OJIBWEEQUAY 12/1/2012 5:15PM

    YES! You are a Beauty!

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PAMATX 12/1/2012 4:05PM

    I knew I'd love this post the minute I saw the title! And the pic is adorable. Acting as if is so key. Kind of like a 12-step program: Fake it 'til you make it! My new motto: Do it and the motivation will come.

You are rockin' it, sister!

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ALOFA0509 12/1/2012 3:13PM

    emoticon emoticon ... Yaaaaaaaaaa Paula!!

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AMSPARKER 12/1/2012 2:26PM

    Love your headband. So HAPPY for you!

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AMANDA_NY 12/1/2012 1:04PM

  Keep it up! You can do it!

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JONEIL513 12/1/2012 12:44PM

    great blog!! So glad you are feeling better, love the headband!

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SHEILA1505 12/1/2012 5:22AM

    Big hugs P - well done :)

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/30/2012 11:39PM

    This is great news!!!

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SARAWALKS 11/30/2012 9:20PM

    Oh, I am smiling back at you! so good to hear from you with this good news.
I'm struggling a bit but have not backslidden too much. It just is an exceptional week, the week before big concert that we've been preparing for over a year. SO...I am looking forward to being MORE on track next week. I need to think small also...I get too disappointed when I haven't time for my long walks.
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NANCYPAT1 11/30/2012 6:31PM

    Thanks for your upbeat blog. Good luck. You will continue to do great.

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RAPUNZEL53 11/30/2012 6:27PM

  Good Luck!

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