I shouldn't even want to. I don't really need to. My answer to this question ~ What is your Why? to reach your 5% goal?
Fall was my first 5% challenge. My Why then was to be the healthiest I've ever been. That surely did happen. That was a full year of putting my mind over matter and forgetting all I knew about food and cooking, and relearning a complete new lifestyle. A change so big that it has become easily over 50% of what I do on a daily basis now. My life now is so much more meaningful and purposeful energetic and truly something I believe most people would look up to and admire ~ wait, what? Amazing.
Still, at the end of the Fall 5% challenge, I did not reach my weight goal. Why not?
Yesterday, I took the original "RealAge" test by Dr Rozen. I had taken the test years before, when it first came out. I was probably 35, somewhere around there. and because I smoked, had a high stress job and life, did not exercise or eat well, I was actually "aged" at 44 years back then. Because of the above mentioned items, no wonder, I thought then as well as looking back. Yesterday I woke up thinking about that test for some reason and sought it out online first thing. There it was. A free online realage test. I took it. As you may know I turn 55 later this month. My RealAge according to the results is now, drum roll 48.5!!!!
It has taken a full day for that to really start to sink in. My word, what a turn around!!!
So....Why? Why Now?
I could easily say ~ I have arrived.
Truth is, for the last challenge, I was afraid to reach my goal. I love my new life so much, I don't want anything to rock that boat. I don't want my journey with Spark to be over. I am not ready to move on. I need Spark People. The connection to spark people for me IS the key to my success. For the past several years I have basically been a shut in myself caring for my elders. A most rewarding job, over months and years, it does get isolating and at times can be very depressing. I need all the strength that I can muster, at times, to always be there for my family. I don't regret my decisions. I'm just saying it is easily the HARDEST job I have also ever had. I need the positive social interaction of my SP.
Why would I want to reach my goal?
You need Spark, too. You need me to finish MY goal, so that I can be there at your finish line cheering for you!
To quote SparkGuy, SparkPeople's founder and CEO, "Your daily actions and words impact more people than you ever realize!"
I will reach my goal this time. To prove to you by my example, that if you change your mind, you can reach your goals. I am not going any where when I reach my goal, I will not be "done" with the program, I am just getting started!!!
Mind over Matter.
That's Why. That's All.