Radical Sabbatical

Friday, December 11, 2009

Nineteen months ago I committed myself to losing weight. In that time I have lost 70 pounds getting me almost half way to my target goal. I have faced a lot of obstacles. Some I have managed to jump right over and keep going, others I have stared at a long time before figuring out how to get over or around them.

The biggest obstacle is still myself. I know it, I admit it, I work on it, I get moving and then I throw myself in the way again. I have been doing that a lot the last 7 months. It may seem crazy to some of you but it is hard to remember that I am a Priority, I am Important and I am so Worth the Effort.

Through a lot of prayer, reading and research I have decided to focus on myself for an intense period of time. I am planning to take a radical sabbatical.

On February 15th I am leaving my employment and spending three months in Hawaii. It sounds like an amazing vacation but that is not the goal. The purpose is to isolate myself from my existing support structure (and frequently my excuses) and work on me. I plan to step completely out of my comfort zone. I will be living in a group housing at a wellness center. I will be working 30 hours in the kitchen to help pay my room and board. The rest of the time is devoted to becoming healthier and learning to really like myself.

I have already learned that weight loss really should not be my goal but fitness should. It is great to be able to buy smaller clothes but so far nothing beats the feeling of walking for a couple of hours and not being exhausted when I used to get tired walking a block.

I have two months to get ready.
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  • NEWME0519
    What a wonderful opportunity and luxury to have the time & money to dedicate to living a healthier lifestyle! Hopefully, you're able to accomplish all that you desire during your time away.
    3795 days ago
    Wow. What a commitment! I hope you will have access to the internet so you can let us know how you're doing!
    3800 days ago
    Sending you Brightest Blessings my SparkFriend!! You are truly taking a radical sabbatical, but sometimes extreme measures are just what we need to push forward and *around ourselves* for good!

    3820 days ago
    I too hope that you will be able to blog or at least write for yourself so that you can see the steps that you are taking to become better aquainted with yourself. I totally agree about getting away by yourself to work on only YOU, not anyone else. It will change your life. You will see things like you never saw before. Ask the Lord to lead you ever step of the way. I would love to have the same opportunity that you are getting to have. I truly hope it is a blessing to you!!! I will miss you while you are gone. Just remember that we are all here for you to support you in positive ways. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3822 days ago
    That's radical, but you know it's exactly what the doctor who wrote "My Big Fat Greek Diet" did and said should be done whenever possible. While he did a very limited diet, you may want to see if your library has his book. It's a good read, interesting and inspiring.
    3822 days ago
    Oooo I wish I could do the same! That sounds like so much fun!!!!
    3822 days ago
    Wow! That is pretty radical! I hope you'll blog about some of your experiences so that I can read how it goes. I also struggle with being my own biggest obstacle, often to the point of self-sabotaging. I've been really struggling the past few months, backsliding along the way.

    I hope your time living out of your comfort zone in Hawaii helps you find what you're looking for, learning to live healthier and be good to yourself. Good luck!

    - Karen
    3822 days ago
    I'm so jealous - and not about the Hawaii part. I've always thought that to really get to know me and be comfortable with who I am, doing what you're planning is the answer. I wish you nothing but the best; good luck on your journey, I know your answers are waiting there for you!!!
    3822 days ago
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