Ask me how I know that? lol. I confess I am happy to have lost so much weight over the last ten months, and although I am still losing, the pace does remind me more so of a turtle now. I am learning to be ok with that, but realizing that if I really want to get this last 30 pounds off, I am going to have to get more serious. One of the biggest motivators for me to lose the first nearly 80 pounds was very selfish, very immature. It is my secret, sorry, it's that silly, but oh, how it spurred me on all this way. After I reached my first goal (getting under 200 pounds), I hiccupped that "hidden" motivator, I felt blah. Like eh, who cares now, I've done what I set out to do, and why I wanted to do it, now what?
This has been an eye opener for me. If you are not losing weight or gaining your health back for the right reasons ,will it stick if you do it for unorthodox play? Can you remain steadfast? For example, you want to lose weight so that every man in the universe will drool at your feet. (Yes, this was my motivator at one time, ha, but not the one I am hiding.) That one is embarrassing enough! Maybe you have a secret motivator that keeps you moving. Want to know my advice?
Use it! Use it til' the cows come home, lol, but when it stops appealing, when you realize it's just too shallow, or not getting the job done anymore, I implore you, don't quit! Keep going! Find a "NEW" motivator, or several. This has been a tough part of this journey for me. I know that getting healthy is important to my health (BORING). I've read the books, I know that it will help me from developing certain types of cancer or a knee surgery or any host of ailments, but again, they lack that zeal appeal, so NOW what's a girl to do?
For me, it boils down to more specific reasons. I do have some health concerns, floaters in my eyes, herniated disks in my lower back, a bum shoulder, and various other aches and pains. What?! I'm pushing 40 here! ;) But I think you get the idea. Make this about you, Lovees'! Make this count for you! I have other motivators, deep, personal motivators, some are very selfish, but you know what, our bodies are indeed "OUR BODIES", so if we are not going to take the best care of them, who then pray tell will? You know what I'm talking about!
Let's continue gals. Let's do this for ourselves, let's do this WITH all of our idiocracies, our shortcomings, our failures. In the end, we will be so much happier, so much healthier, and it will be worth anything this journey has thrown in our path. I am still losing, slowly, surely. I am still exercising, beefing it up a little, but only because my body can take it a little better now, and I am learning. Oh how I am learning that I must live with me every day. I am not going anywhere. I can be kind to me knowing that the investment I make in myself will last a lifetime and beyond! Yours will too, even if it is one, teeny-tiny foot in front of the other, we will make it. Just don't quit! Don't give up, and that finish line will grow closer and closer.
My biggest challenge right now is laying down the sweets and picking up healthier choices. Figured now, a week or so before Halloween, the candy celebration day of the year, that this is the best time of all. As I forge forward, if you think of me would you pray? Would you partner with me, that God will complete this good work in me?And as you do, would you please know that I too am praying for you and that I am believing with God all things are possible for us all! He alone knows the depth of our limitations. He even know our selfish ambitions, yet God STILL places his hand of blessing on our heads, giving us the ok to march forward boldly! We can know that if God is indeed for us, who then can dare stand against us!
Much love to you all this weekend! May it be filled to overflow with everything you cherish and hold dear, and oh, see ya at the finish line!
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