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Re-Assessing the Goals

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Well, it is not surprising to me that my goal of 50 lbs by the age of 50 has not been met, as I have not really been "on program" for quite a while. But there is a silver lining in this, and that is that even though I have not been "on program," I am still here, working at it as best I can, and not letting it go to the dogs. For someone whose adult life has been spent alternating between the extremes of healthy living, hanging around in the middle of those extremes is probably as healthy as it gets. And the fact that a sizeable weight loss has not been followed by gaining it all back and then some is pretty darn good for this "extreme" kind of girl.

So today, the day before the eve of my 6th decade on this earth, is certainly a worthy day for re-assessment. And you know what? As I sit here and truly search my soul for the purpose of that re-assessment, here is what I say: of course I will continue to take my baby steps towards health. But as much as I could do better, I could also be doing much, much worse. I believe that even on the days I am not eating only healthy food in healthy amounts and getting my exercise in, I am healthy. Because it is NOT all or nothing. It does not HAVE to be all or nothing. It's just doing the best you can, every day that you are lucky enough to wake up and be. And I am doing the best I can. I can do better, but man, I could do worse, and in my life I have done worse.

I like myself, I like my life. I don't rail against the "bad" stuff in my life, but to the extent I bring those "bad" things on myself, I work hard not to do the things that bring them. I don't get overly excited about the "good" things in life, but I do remember to be appreciative for those good things, and to express my appreciation, be it to God or to the person or people who are responsible for those good things.

Someone once told me that a measure of your mental health is not how you are doing when things are "good" or when things are "bad." A measure of your mental health is how you handle the "ok" days. Because we have more "ok" days than good or bad. And I believe that all of what we do, all of what we are, springs from our mental health. It all starts inside our incredibly powerful minds. And I declare the state of my mental health is sound.

The goals haven't changed. Eat well, exercise. Use moderation in all things. And enjoy every day.
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    Tina, you are such an inspiration. I have often thought those very words you wrote, but never put pen to paper. It looks a lot better on paper! Thank you for your love of life, for your unique perspectives and for NEVER EVER giving up.

    Happy birthday my friend and may many, many more follow. May God give you everything you need today and every day for the rest of your life.

    4065 days ago
    Tina, you are the "beatenist" person I know!! That means... you're ALWAYS taking those steps- whether it's steps to get exercise in, steps to eat healthy, steps to THINK positive, steps to lift up another person's spirits... it's ALL those (what you say) baby steps that have CREATED a NEW lifestyle change FOUNDATION. It's the FOUNDATION that takes the longest/hardest EFFORT on our part, and YOU have now accomplished that, my friend!!

    NOW, that your foundation is solid, and your mind is in control of how you look at life, how you CHOOSE your foods and activities... you're good-to-go. The framing, the plumbing, wiring, ventilation, insulation... ALL has a SOLID foundation to build on, T, and THAT'S the trickiest part of all, but YOU'VE accomplished that. Sooo... this next year is gonna' BLOW YOU AWAY with 'this' done and 'that' done and MORE decisions to build the best- the "beatenist" body yet!!

    I see, that tomorrow is your Birthday, my friend. You ARE a Libra- one of the most BEAUTIFUL signs in the zodiac. Beautiful in body, mind, and soul. Well........ THAT does 'fit' you... to a "T" T!! You are SUCH a BALANCE (I know... at times you feel- more than most- OUT of sync) to all of us, Love. You're ALWAYS making SURE those scales are even for us all, and it's REFRESHING to see that you are willing to keep them that way for YOU too!!

    I love you, T.
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    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ *Annie
    4066 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/11/2009 9:20:38 AM
    P.S. from a fifty year old

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and welcome to the sixtieth decade!!!

    Hugs, Sonia
    4066 days ago
    Amen to that!!!
    4066 days ago
    I wish you 50 more healthy ones, I wish it for you, me and the rest of the world. We need more sane and HEALTHY people like you, who have balance, and care about others and know how to laugh and love and appreciate what they have.

    No surprise that I strive to live by very similar goals, and assessments myself.

    Happy, happy my friend!
    Love, Lynn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4067 days ago
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