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Starting Again--Not Over

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I haven't been active on SP for probably close to 6 months now. I gave in to excuses and stress and changed my priorities. I found myself thinking about "starting over" with the new year. I think it's a great time to dive back in because you're usually surrounded by lots of people in the same boat, with lots of enthusiasm. It seems a lot easier to stay motivated.

I caught myself thinking negatives about "starting over"--but I'm not really. I still have most of the progress I made last year. I still have several of the good habits I worked hard to create. More importantly, I don't dread the idea of exercise. What it really comes down to is tackling the time/stress issue.

The main excuse/reason I shuffled my priorities and put exercise and good healthy choices lower was because of testing to prepare to go back to school. I have successfully completed all of the exams I needed to do to pursue a Master's and get my teaching credential. All that's left is a couple final hoops to complete the applications and then I'll find out if I get in later this spring. It was a major, stressful goal for me.

In the past 6 months, I've not been good about handling my physical body, but I feel like I've made a ton of progress in the mental game. Here are some of my wins:

--I feel confident going to a meetup with the faculty at a university in a few days. Previously, I had panic attacks about these kinds of situations. Now, the most stressful part is realizing that my dress pants are 4 sizes too big!! Woe is me, I must go shopping.

--I got new shoes for Christmas. Last Christmas I got new shoes for working out and walking that did well, but I noticed they were hurting my feet more and more over the past many months. Guess why? Because my feet aren't fatties anymore!!! My feet used to be E width, now they're B (Normal!!). I used to have little to no arch, now I have "normal" arches!! My feet still aren't perfect--I put too much weight on my heels and favor my left side. But holy cow is it inspiring to not wear shoes that look like they belong on a clown.

--I don't drink soda. I have replaced all of my sugary soda intake with either water or seltzer water (I found I missed the bubbles more than the sugar!). Every once in a while I will have a soda as a treat, but that's totally reasonable.

--I am regularly waking up at hours that end with 'am.' Okay, this makes me seem like a TOTAL bum, but working from home makes being a total night owl very easy. I continue to work on this and my goal for the next 6 months is to get my wakeup time down to 7 am with workouts in the morning.

--I met new people and was not concerned about whether they thought I was fat. Another HUGE win for me.

I'm really optimistic for the new year. I'm eager to get to work. Happy 2014!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BONITA614 1/6/2014 12:18AM

    Welcome back! You've made great progress.. Now just keep going with it!

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/5/2014 10:12PM

    Welcome home. Now, kick it in high gear and let's go!

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STOPPLAYING2011 1/5/2014 8:40PM

    emoticon on all your accomplishments emoticon on getting your teaching credentials I am also working on my Master,s in Education currently I work as a paraprofessional in a special needs program with autistic children I enjoy my job and i,m looking forward to becoming a teaching by late 2014. emoticon

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MARJIMAC63 1/5/2014 6:05PM

    Welcome to the club! I've been away since June, so I can sympathize.

Best wishes to you as we undertake BLC 24.

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ILOVELIFE2012 1/5/2014 5:44PM

    welcome back to SP!!

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ARNETTELEE 1/5/2014 5:21PM

  Welcome back!

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