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One month Spark--the intangibles

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Here is my list of intangible things that have happened over the last month:

A much stronger belief in my physical skills and strength is one of the most satisfying aspects for me.

Increased confidence that often carries over to other areas of my life. Even my husband says Iím walking with more confidenceóhead up, shoulders back, and I can feel it.

I re-learned how to react when the going gets tough. If exercising isnít convenient, do I blow it off or do I persevere?

I re-learned how to listen to my body, which I admit is still a work in progress.

It has made me open to new ideas. Try a new smoothie? Sure, why not. Get on that elliptical Iíve been seeing, but never wanted to try? Yes! Borrow a Dancing with the Stars video from the library so I can learn the Cha-cha-cha while working up a sweat? No problem. (Well, this might be problem as I have 2 left feet. Weíll see.)

Itís made me think about food in a different way. This is kind of important, because Iím beginning to realize what makes me want to overeat and thereís something I can do about it. I enjoy foodóa lotóbut in different quantities and maybe in different pairings than before. Like switching out bread for a high fiber, lower calorie flat bread. Foregoing a sweet dessert for a piece of fruit.

Adaptability. My needs are changingÖdo I change with them or remain stagnant? Iíd like to think Iím adapting (and that includes learning).

Not everything is unicorns and rainbows. I still struggle almost daily, with taming my sweet tooth or going for seconds when firsts would do nicely. But there's an awareness there and it's not the usual guilt or haranguing of oneself that often accompanies weight loss, but a genuine desire to do better by myself.
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