Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Happy HUMPday, my "Sparky" friends. We're inching our way closer to the weekend...woohoo. Oh, if only every day were a weekend!
This week marks a year since some major revelations occurred in my life. The past twelve months have been a blur on occasion and I shuffled through emotions, circumstances and changes. I really had to find the inner strength in myself to keep smiling and chugging along. It wasn't easy sometimes, but I discovered that my inner strength is a beast when it needs to be. The changes that have occurred in the past twelve months are really phenomenal: started a new job (love it), started working on my Master's degree, auditioned for and was cast as the lead in a musical production, started an after-school tutoring/mentoring program at my HS, enrolled in six different cooking classes, traveled throughout Europe, found Sparkpeople and, to-date, have lost 20lbs in 37 days.
There is no way I could have turned the negatives in my life into something positive without finding my inner "beast." To combat my emotions, I would often turn to food to ease my pain, frustration and lack of self-esteem. I am ashamed to admit that for years I have been unable to look at myself in the mirror with any confidence, but that is changing. I tend to be everyone else's cheerleader, but not my own...until now. Now, I use exercise to help me through rough days. I find that when I'm upset, I can take it out on the pavement and my walking shoes. I'm averaging over 15,000 steps a day, which is roughly 6 miles, and climbing 10 floors of stairs per day, according to my Fitbit (best purchase I've made this year). I'm also incorporating my elliptical and strength training throughout the week. I'm finding a new love for exercise (scary revelation).
I've gained a whole new approach to my life and learned it starts with ME. As soon as I started putting me first, so many awesome things happened in my life. I finally gave that inner "beast" of mine a voice and she doesn't purr...she GROWLS! While I try not to dwell on the past and look forward to the future, I cannot deny that the past is what fuels the changes as I soar into the future. I know that I cannot predict the future, but I can shape it, mold it and try hard to make it evolve into something spectacular for myself.
Here's to the rest of an awesome week, my "Sparkled" friends. I hope your week rocks your socks off and you, too, find your inner "beast."