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Being honest with myself

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I have whined endlessly about being stuck on a plateau, or "stalled." The fact is that over the holidays I indulged and it seemed to last longer than it should have.

I have been pretty good lately but my inner brat is still trying to take charge. I read a very moving blog entry today by another sparker who said that sometimes her mind wanders back to the days when she ate whatever she wanted and didn't move off the couch. That truly resonated with me. There are times when I get tempted to quit. There are times when this is just plain HARD and I need to decide how much I want to reach my goals.

This has been a journey and a rewarding one, but there are some days when I get very, very tempted to say, "good enough." But then I will still be the "fat one," or "that heavyset woman down the block," or the woman who can't get comfortable in the seats at the movies. Perhaps the greatest battle I face (and maybe someone else reading this) is when the devil on my shoulder teams up with my body and I have to FORCE my brain and will to overcome that team! I am a master of rationalization and can come up with a decent sounding reason for just about anything.

In short, the battle in my head is at least as fierce as the one with my body and I am at a point where I have to remind myself several times a day what my long range goal is. I'm not above being vain. I can say I'm in this for my health, for my longevity, etc... but those are far more esoteric than, "I want this for the positive feedback," "I want this so that I can wear beautiful clothes again," "I want this for the here and now rewards." Right now that's enough. And one more -- "I don't want to have to start over again."

I was gong through old pictures the other night and found a family photo taken after my mom had passed away. I've come a long way since then. I've come a long way since October when I started over in a more sincere manner. I truly don't want to go back to being that other person.

This entry was pretty much a reminder to me. If it helped you, I'm glad. It sure helped me!
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    Hiya Punky!!

    I so can relate to your blog! I too constantly talk to myself everyday, several times a day in fact to keep that devil from winning....from one master of rationalization to another we need to get rid of that ole devil....I also agree as women in this society we can all say we want to lose weight for health and blah blah blah....but being honest I think a lot of us ( ME ME ME) want to look as best we can and feel pretty, and buy the clothes we want...honesty is huge piece to this for me....as I am also a master at deception when it comes to seeing myself as I truly am....Keep up the good fight !

    PS I added you as a friend...I hope you add me back.....I think we have some things in common and I could sure use your support..
    1853 days ago
    I understand where you're coming from & I too, have an inner brat. emoticon

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    1854 days ago
  • SUE5007
    You might want to hang that photo on the fridge or other place you will see it often. Sounds like you might need the reinforcement from within yourself.
    I am also tempted to say "Good enough". That is hard to overcome. My inner brat voice can be really loud during my running. "This is hard!" "Can we walk now?!" There are times I literally say out loud "Shut up I'm not stopping" as I run down the sidewalk.

    Keep ignoring your inner brat. The stronger you become the quieter she'll get. emoticon
    1856 days ago
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