Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I was visiting my family and noticed that they had a new mirror at the end of a hallway, it actually belonged to my grandmother but is now my sister's. I always liked it at my grandmother's house but had never realized the magical power it posessed. The mirror is full length. I don't have a full length mirror so I am not used to seeing all of me like that. I was surprised that I looked leaner. I haven't lost enough weight or inches for that so as I got closer I realized there must be something different about this mirror.
I asked my sister about it and she said that it is slightly tilted. Not enough to make a huge difference, so you don't notice right away, but enough to make you like what you see.
Suprisingly I was not disapointed to find out I didn't look like that. I was motivated to try harder.
When I decided it was time to focus on my health I was thinking about getting back to my size 10 runners body that I had 7 years ago. Many people don't think of size 10 as an accomplishment but when you have been a size 16-20 most of your life it is. Anyway, since I am a size 20 right now and have been healing from back problems for over a year, that seemed like a daunting task. Looking in that mirror I realized what I would look like if I lost only 10-15lbs or just a few inches. It got me excited to see what I could look like in a couple of months instead of focusing on the end goal so much. My sister told me that she will exercise in front of it sometimes and it makes her want to work harder the whole time, plus she can see when she needs to correct her form or do deeper squats.
The end lesson, I need to focus on the short term goals more than the long term and eventually I will accomplish both.