Enjoying a job well done and knowing I'm good enough.

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.
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    emoticon emoticon i'm very proud of you...for doing your floor and for realizing the OUR personal weight loss is OUR own one else's. thanks for the inspiration and the smack in the head (for lack of better words lol) emoticon
    1861 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    Congrats on installing the hardwood all by yourself! It'll mean that much more to you each time you see it now knowing that YOU did that!

    And you are so right... you cannot compare your weight loss journey to anyone else's... it's not fair to YOU! Everyone is different and different things work for different people. And as much as we hate it, sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error for us to figure out exactly what works for US! Hang in there... you are doing great!
    1861 days ago
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