Tuesday, February 04, 2014
So today is my 31st birthday!!! How I meant to spend it - snowboarding, going boxing, and having a blast! How I actually spent it? Sick as a dog since last Saturday with a horrible sore throat and now chest infection. Fun right? But instead of viewing it negatively, I looked at it positively.
My birthday is a like a new, blank canvas. I can use this 31st year of my life to start fresh, paint a new picture, and make it better than all the rest! I am so excited to do this, and even though I've spent today at home with orange juice and cold medicine, that doesn't mean my canvas is doomed! It merely means I get to start the year remembering how I don't want to feel this way again!
I first got into Spark People after reading the book last year. My interest in the page lasted for about a week. I wrote one blog entry, and then I got "busy" and never got back into it. This year, for New Year's, I decided to get serious about losing weight and being healthy. I decided to make SparkPeople a part of that, and I am so glad I did!!
So far this year I joined a boxing club, which I LOVE, and have ran more weekly than I ever used to. Although my eating habits are still poor and I've spent much of the first month of the new year sick, I have been slowly making better choices and exercising more.
Before, I would start a strict diet and exercise routine. I'd be great at it for a week, but then one slip up and I would quit. I wasn't perfect, I couldn't do it, I was a failure. This time, each time I workout or make a healthy eating choice feels like a win. If I don't make it to the gym, if I eat unhealthy, or if I'm sick and confined to the couch, I haven't been viewing it as I'm a failure. I've been looking at it as "I can go tomorrow", and then I do. I'm enjoying it a lot more now, and finding it easier to continue to log into SparkPeople and read inspiring stories.
I've wanted to write a blog for awhile, but I always find an excuse not to. Maybe it's been my brain telling me I'd just fail at that too, or why write a blog when you will end up writing about how you are not perfect, you didn't exercise that day, or you ate horribly.
I've thought about writing this all day, and finally, before going to bed, I decided to stop the excuses and sit down and write it. I feel much better, and was even surprised about the positive outlook I am beginging to get on health and fitness. I'm not looking at it as a PASS/FAIL, I'm looking at it as a positive change that makes me feel good about myself. I know it's going to be a slow journey to my weight loss goals, but I've always done what I've set my mind to. I KNOW I can do it this time.
I am ready to start writing on that blank canvas of my 31st year of life, and I'm ready to fill it with hope, positivity, non-perfection and fun. I'm ready to reach my goals, and make 31 and 2014 my best year yet!! Wish me luck!!