A Gift to Myself

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Today is exactly one month since I started with SP. It has taken me this long to begin to create my sparkpage. I haven't lost much weight since I began but I'm learning a lot about myself along the way. I've decided not to jump in all at once and try to do it all perfectly because that has never worked for me in the past. I'm taking baby steps and learning not to beat myself up if I don't get it right the first time. My gift to myself today, was to actually get in my exercise. I've been struggling to get into an exercise routine and decided today is the day I begin, with no excuses. I started with the idea of doing just 10 mins on the treadmill. Much to my surprise I ended up doing 32 mins and burned 200 calories. It feels good, a sense of accomplishment. I hope, oops, hoping never works, I intend to continue to exercise each morning for at least 10 mins. and will work up to 30 mins at least 4 days a week.

One of the things I learned about myself this month, while reading other SP Pages, is that no one is going to do this for me. And I can't hope or wish the weight to fall off. I need to put forth the effort myself or nothing will change.

Another thing I learned is that I have notb been a very good friend to myself. One of the Daily Reflections ask "how good a friend are you to yourself"? Sadlly my answer is not a good one at all. I actually pride myself on how good I am to others. I'm a loyal and devoted friend to everyone else, but not myself and that has to change. So, although I normally don't make New Year's resolutions, this year I am. This year is the year I make myself my own best friend. I need to be good to myself and treat myself with dignity and respect. That means following through an promises to take care of myself, mentally and physically.

All this is the Gift I give myself.
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    I know exactly how you feel....good luck to us both

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  • FLYER99
    Hi and welcome to Sparkdom! I'd like to thank you for the nice comment on my blog. I've been here for almost 4 years although I must admit that through most of that time I was inactive due to my Mom's situation. Lately, I've become more active and have, like you, made a determined plan to succeed.

    I've lost almost 50 pounds since I began my SP trek and am more than halfway to my goal. I am taking my time and taking baby steps - just like you. Don't try and do everything all at once. That never works.

    You have a wonderful attitude. You have to make yourself your best friend before you can be a friend to others. Love yourself and you can do it!

    I would like to add you as a Spark friend as I know we can help each other along the way.

    Good luck and always remember:

    2642 days ago
    This is an awesome first blog...good for you! I am so proud of you for realizing that you need to be good to you; after all, if you don't who will? You can be a better friend when you love and treat yourself with the respect, loyalty and devotion that you show everyone else! You have chosen a wonderful gift to yourself!!!

    Happy Holidays,
    2642 days ago
    Welcome and congrats on your journey! You have a wonderful approach and have obviously come to know yourself better in the last month.
    If you are able-you might want to look at using a personal trainer. Mine is keeping me far more accountable than I ever was in the past. Be sure to use the SparkPeople nutrition tracker if you already aren't, as it is the other part of the equation that will bring you success. You CAN DO IT!!! emoticon
    2642 days ago
    Welcome to sparkpeople. Remember we are all in this together. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Join as many teams as seems to interest you. emoticon
    2642 days ago
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