Monday, June 03, 2013
Today on my coaching program it was discussed about the stress that the scale can bring while straining toward weight loss. There was a time in life where weight loss for me was a high priority and, yes, it created strain and stress in my life. There are many people who have been challenged with greater scale goals than I, yet for my small frame 194+ lbs on top of the serious problems with my back and neck seemed impossible to overcome.
Remember in another Blog I stated that attitude is 90% of the problem? My attitude had a lot to do with it back then too. I hated myself, the mirror was my worst enemy and I loathed looking at myself. I discovered that I can't be kind to me unless I would love myself as I loved my friends. I had friends that had far greater challenges than I did in life, yet I thought they were beautiful. Why couldn't I look at myself that way? In some way I felt my body betrayed me. I had to put on my Big Girl Panties and get over it.
Life throws us a lot of challenges and a lot of losses. I don't know where I adopted the saying from, but it's been a part of my "mantra" (if you will), for several decades; "When various pains and losses come, we can become b"I" tter or b"E"tter." Bitter or Better, it is our choice. No one makes us that way. I've joined a good company of people. Like many, I have been trusted with a challenge in life. I can laugh with it and accept the challenge and move forward or I can choose to be bitter. Tongue-in-cheek; "This is your mission, should you accept it. The tape will self destruct in 10 seconds." Remember the Mission Impossible Series, or have I really dated myself now? LOL I've joined the mission with the other agents in life that know all things are possible. Believe it and move forward.
When I say weight loss is not a priority, I am not saying it isn't part of my goal. I am saying that my priority is health. I press toward the goal of improving that which I can improve in my body, strengthening what I can, accomplishing a stronger gait with surer balance, more flexibility and endurance. While I am working on extending those times of cardiovascular exercise to strengthen my heart, the weight loss will happen, the smaller waist line will take place and I won't have to focus on it forgetting my original purpose of becoming the healthiest me that is possible.
What is my focus? How's my lung capacity today; was I able to follow through with my cardio? What was my endurance; is it improving? Was I able to keep up with the instructor? From my beginning date, have I noticed improvement? When I first began, my lungs were puny. I wasn't able to keep up with any of the routines I've chosen for myself; and believe me, they were the most simple of routines. They are still the most simple ones, but, I am keeping up with some of them now; even though if that means I'm a little tired before I finish, I am keeping up. That's improvement! That IS my focus. I am better than I was when I started in April this year. My hope is that in time I will be able to let go at least one blood pressure medicine, but my desire is to get off of all of it. All things are possible; keep that Spark alive.
So this morning I kept up with Leslie as we quickly walked through 500 steps in 5 minutes and I kept up with Nicole as we did our seated arm and shoulder weights for 9 minutes. I also did the senior stretches and did my warm up with Jill. Guess what, I surpassed my 10 minutes this morning!!! WooHoo!
Here's to Sparkin' with you all!!
Have a FANTASTIC day!