Saturday, September 07, 2013
I have no one to blame but me *shakes finger at self*. On the other hand, after falling down the mountain for the umpteenth time, I am determined to climb back up again. I started Spark almost a year ago, and then really got down to business about 6 months ago and made some great progress with my fitness level and my overall health. I learned to run - my cardio fitness vastly improved, I learned how to plan ahead and put together a healthy meal plan each week - and make healthy choices and serving sizes when I wasn't cooking for myself, and I learned to incorporate fitness into my life on a regular basis. I was getting the hang of it, and then... well... not so much.
Some of the old unhealthy habits managed to sneak in here and there, but I ignored them for the most part. After all, look at all the progress I had made. But then a few other things happened, injuries, major job stress and some new unexpected life stresses -- and WHAM, I seemed to slip right off that slippery slope and while enjoying the ride down the mountainside, I didn't think to look back until only recently.
Which brings me to today. That wild ride has brought me right back to where I started, and now I am looking back up the mountain where I was, and even further up the mountain to where I want to be. It seems a little overwhelming from this vantage point, especially knowing how easily (and quickly) I managed to fall back to square one. But I am going to do it. There are some awesome things at the top of this mountain, and I look forward to placing my two feet on that uppermost peak. In the meantime though, there are many other beautiful things to see along the way. And this time, I will have to remind myself to look back down the mountain from time to time, to remind myself of where I started and to appreciate how my progress adds up - one step at a time.