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Tis the Season for Reflection (Make Sure You Read the End Bit!)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Well, Id love to say I maintained or lost over the holidays, but I did not. In fact, since October, I have gained about 10 pounds (exact number will have to wait until Monday!) What can I say the boyfriend and the holidays derailed me. I kept up with my good habits as much as possible, with the exception of no, Im not hungry, I dont really need a third serving of that and I guess I will work this off tomorrow. For the first time in a really long time, I had that I-ate-so-much-Im-gonna-be-si
ck feeling. And I hated it! I hated feeling so out of control!

Joining a new family for the holidays was a huge challenge for me. With my family, I can request healthy options or be sure that my mom will offer a salad or veggies with every meal. When its not your family, you cant do these things. In hindsight, now that I know my boyfriends family, Im going to offer to make a salad and Im going to bring big bags of cut up veggies and Greek yogurt with me.

It could have been better. And it could have been worse.

Live and learn and move forward.

Things I did well:
1. I brought my scale with me to Nebraska (insane? Maybe)
2. I brought my running shoes to Nebraska (and used them)
3. I brought my yoga mat to Nebraska (and didnt use it)
4. I ran or walked (twice)
5. My pants still fit.

Things I need to work on:
1. Working out consistently when Im visiting
2. Not making excuses (oh I heard myself doing it!)
3. Saying no to food pushers
4. Making a plan to eat when Im faced with tough food choices
5. Having alternatives to poor choices

Im not falling in to the trap of saying that this journey is starting over its not. The journey never ends Im just choosing to take a left hand turn from my current path. Its all about growth and moving forward and not getting run over because you get stuck on the same track.

I will be back on Monday with my goals for the New Year (a new list!!!) and my road map for where I know I need to go.

Im not going to lie I am looking forward for this New Year. It always brings new energy and excitement and a huge push in the right direction. While I believe that a healthy, fit life is a daily commitment, it certainly helps when everyone around you decides to be healthy (at least for a month!). I will gladly ride the coattails of this yearly energy boost!

Happy Friday Sparkedy Sparkers!

Ps. Thought I would share this.

From Yogis Anonymous and Ally Hamilton:
"Awareness is the first step, but action is what's needed if you want to see a shift happen. People often get stuck at the level of identification, meaning that they can tell you in great detail why they are the way they are, but they can't take it beyond that. The past experiences explain and justify the current behavior. Except they don't, because there's always space for growth, and for free will.

Healing requires openness and honesty and a willingness to not look away, even when you must stare at the center of your deepest pain. It also demands vigilance, especially when you detect unhealthy patterns in your life. Re-training yourself to feed a loving voice, and starve any tendencies that make you feel less than, or unworthy of love. We are always in process. Knowing yourself well is a gift that makes it possible to "catch yourself" sooner, so you can make healthy decisions based on how things are, and not how they once were. To move forward with love and trust, even when the road is dark and slick and we're traveling with no map.

Giving up on yourself is a serious shame and an act of ingratitude. As heartbreaking as it can be sometimes, this life is a gift, and this experience of being human, vulnerable, awake, and changing is an opportunity to heal more than just ourselves. We come into this world with an insane amount of love, and I believe we are meant to uncover it, and spread it all over the place. The story of your life will keep unfolding, every day. There are the circumstances, and there's the way you respond. In that way, you co-create the story. The pieces are always moving, the ground below us is always shifting, there are no promises or guarantees, and you don't have forever. There are big questions that need to be lived, that you can never truly answer, but that you'll have to grapple with if you want to be at peace. The key is to keep moving, keep growing, keep seeing and listening and exploring. To be willing to allow life, and your very own self to surprise you. To recognize you'll never have all the answers, in fact, you'll have very few. Only a couple truly matter, anyway. How much are you going to love, and how much are you going to do what you can to heal yourself, and in so doing, the world around you? Sending you so much love, Ally Hamilton"

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KARENCRANER 12/30/2012 12:50AM

    Loved that "last bit!" Thanks!

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MAKINANIMPACT 12/29/2012 6:21PM

    I'm with you and starting the new year off right is my goal now!!

Have a Happy New Year!


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SUSANBEAMON 12/29/2012 4:56PM

  i am trying to move past simple awareness. it is so easy to get there and stop, saying i've done my work. but it is not enough.

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FLYSHOPGIRL 12/28/2012 10:04PM

    And I *love* the end bit btw.

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MPETERSON2311 12/28/2012 4:06PM

    "I brought my running shoes to Nebraska (and used them) " YAY!

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TEACHFIRST268 12/28/2012 3:49PM

    Live, learn, and keep moving FORWARD!

I've slacked on my exercise and eaten to my heart's content the last couple weeks. It's showing up on the scale and I feel lousy about it...mentally and physically. But I
agree and share your mindset that this new year is not 'starting over'. I haven't quit. I don't need a re-do. I just need to keep going! And I will! And so will you!

And yes, let's use the New Year as motivation to keep going in the right direction!

Happy New Year!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 12/28/2012 3:16PM

    You're so right--this IS a won't ever end and it's a part of who we are. It's a good outlook to have, that one. Glad you have had a good break though!

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HARDBODYCHICK 12/28/2012 2:15PM

    Love it! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

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