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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Weight Loss not a Priority

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!
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    Thank you all for spurring me on everyone! I couldn't accomplish this without the support of me Spark friends.

    KACAR51 thank you and I know you can do it too! We just keep hanging in there with each other and we can succeed.

    BECCAZEN7 I am so glad I'm not the only one who loves Mission Impossible and that tape self destructing. Thanks for all your encouragement! I agree with you on the brain. We do have to rearrange our thinking and apply a Can Do Attitude. I think we can surprise ourselves with what we truly can accomplish.

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    1720 days ago
    I love Mission Impossible! I love when the tape self-destructs! And I am not old so you are not dating yourself. LOL.
    You are moving and improving! I too am not seeing anything happen on the scale but that is okay, I am focusing on the positives like you are - I can do more of the exercises and I can breathe a little easier. Do what you can and then modify what is challenging until you CAN do it. I think most of this is a game with our brains and we have to push thru and show that brain that we CAN do it.
    Keep up the great work. I love reading your blogs. Hug yourself for me.
    Missourians! Team
    1721 days ago
  • KACAR51
    Awesome! I hope I can do the same! emoticon emoticon
    1721 days ago
    emoticon girl adopting the attitude of being BETTER... you do have to love yourself to be able to lover others you know YOU are worth it

    emoticon on you getting through your exercise emoticon emoticon
    1721 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on all you are GAINING!! The Knowledge, Self Acceptance, and Better Endurance are Phenomenal Achievements!! They are the Foundation of the Rest Of Your Life!!
    1721 days ago
    emoticon Each day you will get stronger, and have more endurance. You are doing emoticon . Keep moving forward, weight loss will come with it, but being able to do things you couldn't before is amazing. I know. emoticon

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    1721 days ago
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