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A Journey that has surprised me

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Very long time since writing but that is not surprising. I knew late in 2009 that this year would be very challenging at work. At first I thought to continue to loose weight but with all of the hours working, etc there was not enough time left to focus appropriately on losing weight. As the year has gone progresses, stress level about the professional certification has gone up and down. It seemed trying to lose weight was adding more stress because I did not have time to be on SP like before. Stress level was much improved when I decided that maybe realistic of the SMART goals was to maintain the weight loss. Considering I am a stress eater and it is a stressful first half of 2010 this may be a 'big' challenge.

There have been a number of surprises in the journey in 2010. The first surprise is the weight loss has been maintained to this point, which is very exciting. It is amazing how the healthy habits are ingrained and are just a part of life now. In a few weeks, I am looking forward to continuing the weight loss and learning more healthy habits. Second surprise is the number of people who comment on the weight loss. It is nice to have the weight loss acknowledged and know that the hard work has been worth it! Really surprising is the number of people that will comment how good you look, what are you using and then say that he/she was inspired to do... Despite reading about Spreading the Spark and wanting to reach that point in the program, I had not thought to have that much impact on people around me! I guess I thought it Spreading the Spark would need more specific attention from me to happen. And I do plan to find more proactive ways to Spread the Spark, too. Question, though: does anyone else find it slightly intimidating or stressful that people are following your example? Again, had not really thought this through before: it is one thing for someone to notice the changes but to actually motivate people to make a positive change seems exciting but intimidating.
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  • TERESA6262
    When I feel I've inspired someone else, it's mostly inspiring TO ME, rather than intimidating. It makes me want to raise my own bar and keep on keeping on. That way, I know I AM indeed worthy of being modeled. Funny, I was just reading about this in "The Spark" last night. As for stress eating.... I think I definitly do that too... but I have found that my walking is good for stress. If you can't focus on losing weight per say w/ everything right now.... try to squeeze in some cardio time. It WAY helps w/ stress. Good luck!
    2975 days ago
    That's so positive.. Inspiring people is so great.

    I think it would only be intimidating if you took some responsibility for their success? Just because you've inspired them and your way works for you, don't feel like you owe them anything - only what advice or whatever you want to give.

    Keep up the good work!
    2975 days ago
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