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What a difference six months makes...

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I look at the goals I posted when I first joined Sparkpeople and think, wow, it would have been really cool if I had actually reached those goals. My first feeling is regret, and of course I immediately jump to beating myself up. What happened? But then I catch myself and recall my last blog: cut myself some slack. So I review the last six months not with an eye for beating myself up, but with the intent to grow and move forward, not wallow in the past.

So, what am I going to change this time? Three things:
1) I will no longer work a 60-70 hour work week. Working 10-12 hour days plus weekends is not conducive to paying attention to my physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
2) I will take my physical reconditioning s-l-o-w-l-y! I will practice patience with myself. I will give myself the time to get reacquainted with my body in its current state, remembering that I cannot work out like the young athlete of my past. Although I will be so completely over-the-moon happy and proud if I manage to run the Philly Half-Marathon in November, it will not be great if I blow out my meniscus by training too hard and too fast. Again. So I will listen to my knees and take it easy!
3) I will pay close attention to the foods I put into my body, but I will not obsess over every single calorie. I will use the tools found on the SP website to enable me to regain control. Not crazy, obsessive holy cow I just ate a cracker my day is shot control, just normal, this is what I need to thrive control.

That word -- thrive -- is a good one. It's how I want to look at my life moving forward. Past circumstances conditioned me to consider myself a survivor, which was good, even necessary, for that period of my life. Now, however, I am ready to thrive. I want to soar. I don't want to just make it through each day, I want to embrace each day with the expectation that it is going to be a day even better than yesterday. Now that will be really cool!
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    I've done that same thing many times since I've joined spark. I'll log-in set my goals, do well for a few days straight, then forget for a day or two. I"ll log in, catch up, then forget for a week or two....... By the time I remember again it's been 6 months and my "goal" line on the weight loss report is WAY below my actual blue line. Sigh....
    I've been active again since August and it truly helps. It also helps to have a few people that will check on you and hold you accountable.
    Good luck on reaching your goals in 2013!
    1838 days ago
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