March has been a roller coaster of highs and lows for me. Unfortunately, its so much easier to focus on the lows than on the highs. I had some surgical procedures done that were supposed to be relatively easy, but I actually had a complication with one that created an infection and a lot of pain. And because there was a lot of unknowns about the situation it was easy to become fearful and stressed. In the end, however, I am thankful to say that everything was corrected and I have healed and it became a thing of the past UNTIL "BAM" I got a really severe stomach- flu- virus- sinus- congestion- I'm-too-weak- to-walk-to-the-bathroom-by-mys
elf thing. The CHALLENGE of going through CHALLENGES is that LIFE KEEPS GOING while we are in those hard places.
WHAT CAN I LEARN FROM THIS MARCH MONTH OF MADNESS?
No matter the negatives and hardships, make sure to take time to focus on the sweet moments as well. For example, it was my hubby's 49th birthday, and we celebrated at home and at church. I even sang a song to him that I'd written for him back in the first year of our marriage which was almost 23 years ago!
Remember why you're fighting this fight. I actually had moments this month when I began to wonder if all the pounds I had fought so hard to lose had somehow made their way back on my body.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but I had not weighed in on the scale for weeks, mostly because of my health struggles, and I'd gotten used to the image of me being 25+ pounds lighter, so I starting second guessing myself. Spark People is a very wonderful anchor for me, and so I did the minimum of tracking and trying to continue exercise, but I didn't hardly reach out to my Spark family because of the pain and struggles in my own personal life, so I was feeling isolated which is a dangerous place to stay.
Realize everyday that I am not alone and that I am more than a conqueror and I can do all the things that I need to do because the King of kings - Jesus- who is my Redeemer - lives inside of me. This truth is unaffected by my circumstances or my emotions. I am so thankful for this!
It is important to have a tool to measure my progress which in this case is the scale and also my tracking on Spark. Now, I have learned that everyone is different in the way they successfully use the scale. My husband likes to weigh in daily and many weigh in weekly, but for me, I weigh in before and after "Aunt Flow" so it averages out to twice a month. During this month however, I DID NOT weigh in at all until yesterday when I was finally strong enough to walk downstairs and stand up without falling over (due to nasty virus) I weighed in and I was down 3 pounds from the previous month.
When I entered all the info in on my Spark page I discovered.....
THAT I MET MY GOAL OF 30 POUNDS GONE!!!!!
WHAT IS NEXT?
Well, my long term final goal has not yet been achieved, so I have changed my Ticker once again for my next goal to meet.