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We should all give ourselves a big pat on the back!


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Friday, May 03, 2013

It has been super slow at work this past week. Quarterly payrolls are done. April 15th is long gone now. The accountants still have work to do, but I have none right now. Since I have had free time, I have been browsing on Spark friend blogs again. I noticed about half of the blogs mention the words "scared" "worried" and/or "upset".

We are all on Spark for a reason. Some of us want to fit into a dress for a wedding. Others want to lose their freshman 15. There are other Sparkers who are training to run marathons. Some of us can afford personal trainers and some of us use laundry detergent as weights! No matter what the reason, we are all trying to better ourselves in some way. I think we should all give ourselves a pat on the back for being on this website. No matter how we are feeling right now, we have all accomplished some kind of goal. Most of us have many goals for the near and far future. We all stumble at some point. Just being on this site shows you have the strength to better yourself even if you don't see it!

I wish everyone would take a minute and just breathe. Give yourself a hug - give yourself a compliment! We are all different, but we all deserve the recognition of being a good person. Even if you feel weak, you are still a great person. Your goal may be to not drink soda for a day or run 20 miles in one day. Even if we don't reach our goals right away, we still deserve a reward for trying. The reward could be telling yourself "you WILL do it tomorrow!" Keep moving forward and look to the next day. Just saying "YES " instead of "maybe" can really help!

I get scared about losing weight. Actually, I still feel scared about it. I get nervous about what people I don't know think about me. In the past, I used to be really upset about it. I put all this energy into being stressed over something I can't control. People will think what they want no matter what to do. People in general are never satisfied. I wish I could show everyone that you need to care about yourself! If you aren't happy with yourself, take small steps to try to fix it. Maybe learning to love your attempt to better yourself can be even better than getting to the end result. Use the energy you put into stress into something else!

Everyone can lose a pound in one way or another. The journey we take is still important no matter which way we go. We all have good days and bad days. I wish I could help everyone who was having a bad day. Sometimes when I am down, I try everything to make myself smile - but it doesn't always work. I just try to remind myself that I have the chance to try again tomorrow. Life is short, and we may not have a tomorrow, but I still try to tell myself Now that I can't give up!

I am still one pound away from my goal weight. Am I scared? Maybe. I don't know. Am I worried I will never lose that one pound? Yes and No. I KNOW I could get to 155 if I only ate celery and carrots all day. That wouldn't be worth it. I don't want to lie to myself about the weight loss. I lost so much weight, and I don't feel like the person I see in the old pictures of myself. It would be so easy to just eat unhealthy foods again. It would be cheaper, more convenient, and tastier! But I need to stop and give myself that pat on the back to keep myself going. It isn't easy to be on this healthy journey. I know it isn't always easy for my Sparkfriends also. Life isn't easy. Life is a challenge!

Thank you to everyone who has posted on my blog, and also on other pages! Your support is appreciated! Hopefully everyone has a nice rest of the day. Even if you went over calories for the day, don't give up. Even if you wanted to go to the gym but can't - don't give up! Keep sparking!

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JUSGETTENBY42 5/4/2013 12:42PM

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/4/2013 12:34PM

    Hugs to YOU too! THANKS!

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GINA180847 5/4/2013 12:25PM

    What a great pep talk! I hear you and will continue with effort.

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LEESAAB 5/4/2013 12:15PM

    Great post. It's always a good idea to step back and remember the good things.

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MINIMOE1 5/4/2013 12:09PM

    Thank you for such an encouraging blog. Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative - emoticon

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DEEO12 5/4/2013 12:07PM

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Great blog!!!

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LIVERGIVER 5/4/2013 11:51AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. It's good to remind ourselves to reward the effort! Peace to you.

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FITMOMINNJ 5/4/2013 11:48AM

    What a GREAT blog!!!! Why is it that we tend to focus on what's wrong (didn't do, didn't lose ect..) ,rather than all the stuff we do do!!!
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QUOOTIE 5/4/2013 11:40AM

    Picked me up when I was feeling blue. Thank you!

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/4/2013 11:05AM

    Well done, Sweetie! And it was voted most popular blog...you have spoken to a lot of people and it is clearly meaningful to many! emoticon emoticon Love, Jeannie

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JACKIE542 5/4/2013 10:52AM

    Love your blog, thank you so very encouraging. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKBJOK 5/4/2013 10:50AM

    What an inspiration.

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 5/4/2013 10:48AM

    You'e come this far. emoticon

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EVERLEARNING 5/4/2013 10:44AM

    Inspiring!!
Thank you for sharing your wise words.
You will meet your goals, I have NO doubt!
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CICELY360 5/4/2013 10:40AM

  good blog

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MOONGLOWSNANA 5/4/2013 10:30AM

  So close and yet so far. Give up that fear and jump the hurdle! You have come a great distance and that is an awesome achievement. Leap into maintenance and experience relief and joy. Turn that corner and slide into a new chapter of your life. You can do it. Look how much you have done! Keep on keeping on... forward - that's the way to go!

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IMBERNJ 5/4/2013 10:22AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. I am not much of a blogger myself (I like to think it's generational difference, but maybe I'm scared of letting my thoughts get too far out there where I can't control how they are perceived...), so right there you are way ahead of me.

I understand everything you wrote about because I lived it. I have been at goal weight for years. The interesting thing is that the last pound isn't the last pound. When I thought I was done, I maintained for a while, then I realized I had other goals, and losing a little more weight came as a side-benefit.

It's not 'hard' for me anymore. I know what I want, and what behavior is consistent with my goals (ALL of my goals).

I know that you will get there, and then you will get to the next 'there'. And at some point it won't be hard, and you won't even think about eating celery and carrots all day as an option.

You wrote a lovely blog. I wish you the best in everything.

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SHANNONY84 5/4/2013 10:20AM

    Amazing blog! Thank you!

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THOMS1 5/4/2013 10:15AM

    emoticon I enjoyed your blog.

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DIANA3BANANA 5/4/2013 10:10AM

    What a wonderful blog!

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MARUKI52 5/4/2013 10:05AM

    Thank you so much for this blog. It is a difficult journey I/we are on and in no way is there an easy opt-out except to go back to old ways. I've looked at your pictures on your page and can say that without doubt you are an inspiration. You look really great and...so what that you have another pound to go, I'm pretty sure that you will achieve your goal. Keep on Sparking. emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 5/4/2013 10:02AM

    Thank you for the AWESOME pep talk.

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WALKINGCHICK 5/4/2013 9:55AM

    Fantastic blog - thanks for the emoticon Lots of emoticon back to you!

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BARBALVA 5/4/2013 9:41AM

    emoticon Thank you!

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MICKEYH 5/4/2013 9:33AM

    emoticon Thank you for this great post for encouragement . emoticon

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BABAOF4 5/4/2013 9:32AM

  Thanks for your story and encouragement to never give up! I have to look at the progress made and how far I have come (lost 22 lbs) . Inch by inch, it's a cinch. Pound by pound, my weight will come down. Thanks again.

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NIKKIJ55 5/4/2013 9:29AM

    Great post! Thank you

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 5/4/2013 9:20AM

    great post

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DJSHIP46 5/4/2013 9:17AM

    Thank you for sharing... I am SO gonna have a GREAT day and I hope you do too!!!

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BESCATS 5/4/2013 9:15AM

    I have to say, that is one of the most encouraging blogs I have ever read. You are a very wise lady. emoticon

I am at my goal weight, and have been for a year, but it is still scary because maintaining isn't easy either. It doesn't seem fair that if you eat something 'bad" once-in-awhile, you gain 3 lbs. emoticon It always upsets me. I still eat healthy, but I don't want to exist on celery and carrots all the time either.

Thanks for making me feel better about myself ! emoticon

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VALPHIL 5/4/2013 9:06AM

    Just the words I needed to hear...thank you.

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PYNETREE 5/4/2013 8:56AM

    Like a lot of us, I am my biggest detractor. I complain mentally, about my weight, strength, willpower, fear, laziness, everything! And it is holding me back.

This was a great empowering blog! Thanks! emoticon

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SCRAPBECCA 5/4/2013 8:54AM

    Yeah us! emoticon

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WENDYW596 5/4/2013 8:52AM

    Good Words, and advice......... All we need to do is look at our before picture to remind our selves how far we have come! emoticon emoticon

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WEGENERCS 5/4/2013 8:40AM

    Gentle, quiet words that pack a punch. Thank you.

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INGMARIE 5/4/2013 8:36AM

    Really Nice blog and what I needed this morning.
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OFGREENGABLES 5/4/2013 8:32AM

    fear holds us back so we need to confront it!

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KYLIECAT1 5/4/2013 8:31AM

    Perfect words at the perfect time , I am glad I happened upon this blog at the right moment Thanks :)

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ANNASMOM12 5/4/2013 8:31AM

  nice blog thank you

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4RASCALS 5/4/2013 8:30AM

    Great blog and thanks for the reminder to appreciate ourselves.


Have a healthy weekend

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CVRONEK 5/4/2013 8:21AM

    emoticon for a very nice blog. A pat on the back for us all! emoticon

You are almost at goal. Fantastic.

What a sensible journey you have been on.

Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

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WILLITWORK1 5/4/2013 8:18AM

    wonderful encouraging blog.
Thank you!

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NANCYTUNBERG64 5/4/2013 8:17AM

    Thank you for your blog. Hits home

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LJR4HEALTH 5/4/2013 8:10AM

    Great post ! One of the best that I have read in a long time Upbeat Positive so true we all have something ot pat ourselves on the back for emoticon for writing this blog

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MOMMY445 5/4/2013 8:07AM

    what a great blog! have an amazing weekend!

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