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You CAN Do It!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The hardest part of any healthy journey (I prefer to call it this than "Weight Loss Journey", because the important part should be HEALTH not a number on a scale) is motivation. How do you get over that hurdle, over all those years and months and days (maybe even decades!) of bad habits, over all those niggling feelings and voices telling you that you can't, you will fail, you aren't strong enough? For me and many others, it was a health crisis that put things into perspective. For others, it could be a death, a diagnosis, or maybe a picture of you at an unhealthy weight.

Regardless of how, the thing is: You have to realize that YOU are important enough to demand good health. You do not deserve to live an unhealthy lifestyle, hampered by weight, sick, and at the whims of your hunger. You deserve to be as active as you want, to live a life where YOU are in control, not the food you eat.

Before I started on this journey back in November, I was at the mercy of my appetite. When my body craved sweets, I bought cheesecake or cookies or cake or ice cream to feed it. When I was too lazy to make a dinner, Dairy Queen and Burgerville were there to make my meals. And when my stomach told me I needed another bagel, I listened to it, instead of thinking twice.

Ultimately, I didn't have hope that I could lose weight, and I didn't think I had the strength to break myself of my bad habits and addictions (yes, I do believe I am a carb/sugar addict!). And deep down inside, I don't think I really thought I was important enough to deserve good health.

Thank God for my dentist finding out about my sleep apnea! Thank God I chose to join Take Shape for Life and get rid of all the crap from my diet! Thank God I have great family and friends who encourage me in my health journey! I have regained control of myself and am working to get on a path of lifelong health.

Although my change was drastic, I firmly believe it doesn't have to be. I think portion control, healthier food choices, adequate water and sleep, exercise and accountability are the tools a person needs to get this healthy lifestyle (and incidentally, lose weight). I lost weight once just by monitoring what I ate, and I probably could have lost more if I hadn't fallen off the wagon. Sure, some people may need a system like Weight Watchers, TSFL, or Jenny Craig. But no matter what way you chose to change your life, the only thing that really matter is that YOU are changing your life and not letting food have control over you.

The thing I realize now is that I AM important enough to dedicate my life to health. I deserve to live life well. I deserve to be in control, to not let my food reign over my life. I like the way I live now - sleeping better, being more active, and being able to do my job.

So don't tell yourself you aren't worth it because you are! And don't wait until tomorrow to make a change. Make a few goals today - maybe to drink more water, maybe to take a 10 min walk, maybe to take the stairs instead of an elevator. Make those goals and then start plugging your way through your health journey. Whatever you do, remember that you are important enough to have good health!! And that if you put your mind to it, if you set clear goals, relying on encouraging friends and family, you CAN do it!!
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    "I deserve to live life well." Love it. Thank you!
    1733 days ago
    Great blog.

    I'm with you, I think the health aspect is very important. For the first time I'm noticing changes that have nothing to do with the way I look and everything to do with the way I feel.

    Thanks for being one of those people who motivates and inspires me! Your journey to health is helping not only you, but others as well. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.
    1741 days ago
    Thanks Carolyn! What a great motivator! I've been on this journey over 5 years & have been mostly successful, but I still forget (or ignore ) my needs in the process. Thanks for reminding me to make my health a priority. emoticon
    1742 days ago
    emoticon This was great and as for the # I think that a lot of it is the world, and our doctors So that's also how we judge ourselves But I like what you blogged Thank you, but can you tell me what is this ( Take Shape for Life and get rid of all the crap from my diet!) If it's on SP I must not have seen it emoticon Thanks again and you keep going emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1742 days ago
    Well said! I felt the same way before I started TSFL. I felt like I knew how to lose weight, knew what I should be doing but had little expectancy that I could do it consistently.

    Now, eight weeks later, 32 lbs lighter, I am a veritable ball of hope! There is some possibility I will lose my job, which would force me to stop TSFL. But, with this hope I am convinced that my journey to health does not end there.
    1742 days ago
    Woo Hoo! You are SO right!What a great blog! emoticon
    1742 days ago
    I really enjoyed this blog. Before I found spark I was thinking of trying those programs but they can get to be very expensive. Spark has taught me it is a lifestyle change that can be fun and interesting if you try new meals, new exercises, spark challenges. Your words are so true and motivational. emoticon emoticon
    1742 days ago
    Well said! Thank's for the inspiration and motivation! :)
    1742 days ago
    Wonderful motivation! Thanks, I needed this, as the past few days have been a bit rocky food and exercise wise (we celebrated our five year anniversary this weekend and "special occasion foods" were consumed copiously).
    1742 days ago
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