Today is day 17 of my current streak!
I used to make a huge list of New Years resolutions. I'd start thinking about them right around Christmas Eve, and then a few days later I'd write them up on a fancy piece of paper and post them on the refrigerator door.
But this year, I'm only making one resolution; to love myself MORE.
I capitalized the word MORE, because the truth is, I already love myself. Please believe me when I say that I don't mean this in an arrogant way. But I agree with Lucille Ball's quote; "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."
I didn't always love myself. I used to be my own worst enemy. My lack of self love lead me to a sedentary, junk food filled, obese, unhealthy life. I wanted to change...I wanted to be able to move freely and without pain. I wanted to be able to hug my husband and be able to feel his arms go all the way around me. I wanted to be healthy! I wanted to be thin, so that I could love myself.
But I didn't have success until I finally realized that I needed to love myself FIRST...before I lost the weight!
Once I started making the effort to love myself (and it was truly an EFFORT at first...it sure didn't come naturally!), I found that eating healthy food and exercising wasn't such a chore. It was a reward for my body...because I loved myself enough to want the best for myself!
Even now, after having lost 71 lbs, there are times when I struggle with loving myself enough. There are times when I skip a workout just because I don't feel like doing it. There are times when I binge eat. But I love myself enough to remember that I don't have to be perfect in order to make progress. I love myself enough to start over again after a slip up. I love myself too much to give up!
I've been at a plateau for quite a long time, and I'm ready to beat it. To do this, I know I need to love myself even more, and that is my only New Years resolution. To me, its the only resolution that matters, because if I love myself more, I know I will work even harder to get the results I want.
Merry Christmas, Sparkfriends....and have a healthy, progress filled new year! Don't forget to love yourself! I think you will be amazed at what a difference it will make in your life!