Baby Steps & Happy Realization

Friday, March 16, 2012

I started my journey to a healthier me on 1/23/12, not to a "new" me, just enhanced/ better. I wanted to find the person I was when I was healthier. Since I have begun this journey, I have noticed that the small changes really are the ones that make a difference. I have lost a consistent (around) 3.5 lbs per week. Now this last week was 2lbs. I am 3 pounds from my first mini-goal of 25 pounds. I have "tried" other diets before, but mainly only tried one thing or another. Like exercise but not dieting. I love how SP has gradually given me tips and advice to make me more familiar with how I am supposed to eat. Even my father has been "hinting" that he would like to lose weight, but I just keep telling him that website and the really neat and useful tools that the site has to offer. I am leaving it up to him. Because like me, he has to make his own journey. I would love for him to join me, but the ball (as they say) is in his court.
I didn't really feel like I was doing much at first and it almost felt as though I was "cheating" in a way because mostly what I was eating was a good option, but now I understand that some days I wasn't eating enough calories and most days I was eating too much. I of course haven't found the perfect balance between working out and work and school, but I know and am happy with the fact that I only want to take baby steps so that I don't overwhelm myself. And as much as I would like to please others, I have found that pleasing myself is where I need to focus my efforts. Doing what everyone else does (good intentions or not) will only cause me to regret or burn myself out. It will not allow me the stepping stones that I need in order to really make a difference.
I am fine with having small goals, I am fine with going slow, I am fine that I am not at my best yet because with each small change that I make, it is certain to stick, and that is what I want. To make a lifestyle change, not a "quick-fix".
I want to be a better me, I don't care that it might take longer than some would anticipate, but that is ok. This is not a race to the finish, this is the journey of a lifetime....
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