Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    VICKYMARIEC   59,115
50,000-59,999 SparkPoints


Thursday, November 14, 2013

All too often we only celebrate the HUGE accomplishments, but those small victories are what gets us to those large accomplishments. You don't just wake up one day and realize you've lost 100 pounds. No, more than likely every week you steadily saw the scale produce a number that indicates some of your hard work. Remember the scale is only one measurement of success, there are so many others. So why don't we celebrate all of the small victories along our journey that leads to the ONE accomplishment we all hope to achieve?

So i'm going to do that for myself.

a few years ago, this was me...

I was miserable...i was lonely (even though i was married)...i was uncomfortable. Everything i did took so much effort to accomplish. Walking up the stairs hurt my knees, made me sweat up a storm and i always felt as though would pass out. I didn't feel loved...the truth is how can someone else love you if you don't love yourself. I didn't love myself. In fact, i hated looking in the mirror. Every time i did i felt sad looking at the girl that was staring back at me.

This is me today...

While i'm no where near my goal, I am so much happier with my life and with myself. I've learned and continue to learn to love myself. I've realized that i'm extremely goal oriented. If i set a goal for myself, hell or high water i'm accomplishing it! I'm more out-going then i ever have been..and those what, give them to me!

A few years ago this was me...

I did very little activity. In fact, if there were social gathering centered around sports or any type of physical activity i automatically took myself out of the equation by not attending. I didn't want to embarrass myself. I didn't want to get the "pity" pick. I didn't want to cause a team to fail. I never even tried.

This is me today...

I'm all about the activity! In 2012 i did over 15 5k's for the year and this year alone i've completed a few 5k's, a 10k, 2 half marathons and the Susan G Komen 3-Day, 60 Mile walk...whew! I feel amazing! Not because i did all of these events, but because i WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE each of these events. I never thought i would ever be able to do the things i can do now. I've even taken a liking to running and am aiming to run (the entire race) my first 5k in 2 weeks and then continue on from there.

There are so many accomplishments over this past year or so...
* Good-bye 300's
* Hello 250's
* Completed many races and long distance events
* Got out there in the real world
* Fell in love with the person that I am
* Accepted me for me...perfect or not
* Encouraged 4 other women in my life to move more and go further...they've all accomplished amazing things over this past year
* Advanced from walking to running
* Went from a size 26 in shirts/pants to a size 18/20 in tops and a 20 in pants
* Feeling more confident in myself

Every victory, whether small or large, should be celebrated. I remember the first, the VERY first time i started to run i celebrated running for those few minutes because i knew what it took for me to get there. It was a mental battle. I was nervous...i didn't want anyone to see the jiggle of my belly or thighs. But i can always laugh at myself and i did. Let's be honest. As a bigger woman, people KNOW i'm big and will i needed to get over it. And you know what? So often when i'm running people will just call out, "Good job" and "keep it up" or "looking good." I love it!


Victories are anything WE decide to celebrate. So celebrate NOT having that second cookie. Celebrate knowing when you are full and walking away from the food. Celebrate the pants you just wore that didn't place a permanent line across your waist. CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHANGEOLA 11/20/2013 2:52AM

    emoticon and emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAPPYJUNEBUG 11/18/2013 2:31PM

    Awww! Such an awesome post! Keep sparking!

100+ Pounds Team

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITMARY 11/15/2013 7:06AM

    "Looking good" really sums it up! Great job!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUGAR0814 11/14/2013 10:42PM

    Great job! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENLLY 11/14/2013 6:25PM

    Great job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MICYWALTON 11/14/2013 4:56PM

    Great Job, Vicky!! So proud of you, hun! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEHAPPY0201 11/14/2013 4:13PM

    This is me this week. I saw a gain on the scale (Chinese food), but three weeks ago I couldn't do 1 minute on the elliptical or 10 minutes on the wii. This week I did a 33 minute dance session on the wii and was able to do 10 minutes on the elliptical.
I also played chase with my three year old. Normally he's still asking for more and I'm panting and tired. Last night he was tired before me. Despite the scale - those two activity things are exactly why I'm doing this and I'm celebrating it!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EVER-HOPEFUL 11/14/2013 4:09PM

    at this precise second i am celerbrating you vickie my love.thanks for being you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FINCHFEEDER80 11/14/2013 3:34PM

    You are so amazing! Thank you for sharing, and keep racking up all of those "little" victories!


Report Inappropriate Comment
TRUNKJUNK 11/14/2013 2:51PM

emoticon This was a great blog. No victory is too small to celebrate. Girl you have a lot to celebrate. You Go Girl!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BERTAS_JOURNEY 11/14/2013 2:39PM

    I love your enthusiasm!!! Like Tree said you smile is infectious and it shows all over your face!! Congratulations on all your success.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TREE57 11/14/2013 2:32PM

    Your transformation is amazing.

Your smile is infectious!

Your energy and determination knows no bounds!

Excellent blog!

Can't wait to see what you accomplish in the next year!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JESSIEBRUNS 11/14/2013 2:26PM

    love it, keep it up. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PROPMAN1 11/14/2013 2:12PM

  Great attitude. Keep up the good work!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

Other Entries by VICKYMARIEC