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.