Sunday, February 17, 2013
This weekend I completed a house project that I have wanted to get done for a long time. I installed hardwoods in a small hallway - pretty much by myself - and it looks awesome. I can't help looking at it over and over. I'm really happy to finally have it done, and really proud that I did it myself.
Now, I know I am not the first person to ever complete a task like this. Many people do much more intricate and impressive projects all the time. But it doesn't matter. I did it, and I am happy. And, in n a lot of ways, this has taught me a lot about how I need to look at weight loss.
One of the awesome things about Sparkpeople is seeing the success stories of others. People who are excercising 2 hours a day and eating vegan and have dropped 50 cholesterol points, or people who did C25K are now running marathons, or who have become personal trainers - or whatever awesome feats they have accomplished. This is also one of the things about Sparkpeople that, depending on the day, can frustrate me. I see people who dropped 60 lbs in 5 months and I think - well, I'm on month X and I've only lost X - obviously I suck at this and might as well give up.
What I realized this weekend, though, is I need to look at myself in my weight loss journey the same way I see my flooring project. Sure I know other people build their entire house from scratch, but damn it, I still can't stop smiling about those dumb floors! I mean, this floor was about 3 years of thinking about it, until I finally ordered the flooring, then I got it about two months ago, pulled up the carpet, and had to walk on concret for about 3 weeks while I found time to patch the concrete, remove the carpet tack strips, remove the molding, repaint the walls, and then finally, I finished the whole project.
And just like those floors - my weight loss is taking some time to get completed. So what if I have fallen off the Spark wagon a few times- I'm back on it now and I've lost some weight, and I should be proud of that. Sure I'm not running marathons, but I am doing something! I am starting this project and just have to accept that it might take a while to complete it.