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Vision Collage

Monday, March 04, 2013

So, I have a lot of little visual motivators around my house... I have a mileage tracker from my home to my old office in NY, which I'm walking (and maybe eventually running). I have jars representing the weight lost. I have a dress I want to wear hanging in my closet with the rest of my clothes. Even so, I've never actually created a vision board collage, and this week in the Springing to Action challenge, we were asked to do so. Fortunately, I've been wanting to do this anyway, and this challenge was exactly the extra little impetus I needed to do so! Right now, it's set as the desktop image on my computer, but I also want to get it printed poster sized from Staples sometime soon.

The quotes are self-explanatory, and more or less express what I'm really trying to focus on this challenge: being kind to myself, treating myself well (which means eating healthy foods and exercising) because I love myself, and focusing on the present instead of always waiting or giving up.

The pictures, though, require a little more description! Starting with the outdoor shot at 12:00 and moving clockwise:
1. Kayaking and active vacations. I love the outdoors, and there are world class places to kayak around here. It's something I've wanted to learn to do for a LONG time, but due to weight, size, and lack of fitness, have not learned so far. I also want to generally be able to take active vacations - biking, running, hiking, whatever! I'm on this journey because I don't want my weight holding me back from ANYTHING.
2. Skinny jeans! I want to shop in any old store, and I want to like the way I look in clothes!
3. Disney Princess half marathon. I've wanted to run a half marathon for about 10 years now, dating back to when I was actually quite close to being able to do so. Also, I love Disney. And Princesses. And this one's kinda self-explanatory!
4. Joy. I just googled the word and loved this pic. Also, I'm doing this because I'm trying to focus on prioritizing the things that make me happy.
5. The Appalachian Trail. I live so close, and love the idea of spending a few days on the trail. I don't think I'll ever thru hike it, but who knows. Either way, I don't want that decision made because the idea of hiking 15+ miles a day is too daunting.
6. A wedding dress. I have held off on setting a date or planning my wedding because I want to love my dress and my pictures and don't want memories of that day tainted by insecurities about how I look. I'm working on this 2 ways: loving myself more so that I truly feel beautiful regardless, and losing weight so that I'm closer to my ideal size.
7. Yoga retreats. I want to go on a yoga retreat SO badly, and I want to be able to bend and hold all the poses so that I can keep up.

These are clearly not all of the reasons that I want to stay motivated and keep working towards this journey, but they're certainly a very representative sample. I'm working hard to be able to use my body and push past my limits, and I'm working to love my body and what it can do through that process!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HABITBREAKER 3/7/2013 9:59PM

    Love this board! I also have some of the same goals as you- yoga and outdoorsy activities definitely. This is so great, I know you will succeed! Together we can do it!


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JENNIK2 3/7/2013 7:59PM

    Great board, I love the quotes!

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OILPAINTER 3/7/2013 6:20PM

    I've never created a vision collages but hear from coaches that they are a great visual to put before me... THANKS for the reindeer!!!

emoticon emoticon YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!
Simply THINKING about your daily challenges and making the BEST choices presented to you at that moment, is a HUGE success... whether those choices are "perfect' or not... you are doing GREAT by simply moving forward!!!

Best of luck with your program and your challenges!!!
I just wrote a blog about a PSYCHOLOGY TODAY article that might interest you... it talks about overcoming our "inner con-artist"... "STOP horsing around with our weight loss!"

This article talks about recognizing and DEALING WITH our "Inner Con-Artist"... YOU MUST BEAT THE INNER CON-ARTIST!!! Eating temptations will accompany you throughout your life.... When "white knuckling" doesn't work for you, alternatives are given.

Catch the inner Con-Artist by THINKING about your thinking. You may hear the word "later" iterating through your mind. The "I'll stop later" message also can erupt while you're eating fattening food or using addictive substances.

We hope to see you in SparkNashville's "Town Square" chat thread again!!!

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MLDIZ109 3/6/2013 1:00PM

    That is an awesome vision board..I would love to make one but don't have a lot of time right now..maybe April school vacation or our annual beach Maine vacation.

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ROSE284 3/6/2013 7:30AM

    I love the pictures of kayaking and active vacations. Kayaking is something I really want to try as well but have put off because of my weight as well.

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MEDUSA1977 3/5/2013 5:11PM

    Love it! Wishing you the best! emoticon

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CYALE76 3/5/2013 3:50PM

    Very nice, I love the quote "your only one workout away from a good mood" That is so true !

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KBELLE1224 3/5/2013 2:08PM

    Awesome Erin! I love it!
We are so similar, or feel similarly! I want to hike and too! Its such a fun way to exercise!! As well as the wedding, I keep telling my boyfriend its going to be a while until we can get married... b/c I have a lot of weight to lose! But its not really about the weight, its about how we feel about ourselves and being able to not take the joy out of the day because of that!! I wish you the best of luck on your journey!! emoticon

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RYDERB 3/5/2013 8:41AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing what each picture represents for you. I LOVE it! emoticon

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FAVALL 3/5/2013 1:19AM

    This is a beautiful creation and will definately help to keep you motivated. Awsome job!

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NIXY72 3/4/2013 11:56PM

    Love the bottom left quote! So true.

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LADYPYE 3/4/2013 11:42PM

    Thank you for the reminder of the Vision Collage. I hope you reach all your goals.


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