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Thank You for the Best Christmas Present Ever!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Last year I wanted to be thinner going into the Christmas holidays. And here I am a year later, down 30 lbs and at my healthy goal. Being a healthy weight is the gift I “made for myself” -- with lots of support from Spark people, Spark friends, and my fitness friend (WW’s member).

This gift keeps giving when I sign in every morning to work on maintenance. As I “hang out” with others working to consistently stay on track I am reminded that life style change, is just that. Tracking will probably always be part of my life, along with routine weigh-ins and consistent activity. These things seem pretty effortless now, part of my life—a GOOD part. And I feel anything but deprived. I feel rich in accomplishment and people connections with those who share this journey.

At the heart of it for me was accepting that fitness is worth doing and that it takes time. I think for a long time I thought being fit and thin was something I could do without much time or commitment. At least for me it doesn’t work that way.

Is it selfish to be so focused on my own wellbeing? I don’t think so. I bring a different energy to life now. I think I am a better wife, mother, sister, grandmother. I have more capacity to enjoy other people and am not so distracted feeling badly about how I look and feel. And I have made new friends. We support each other for good.

I guess I hope too in our world of over consumption on lots of levels, I show the people in my world that we can change if we put our minds and actions to it. So as I go into the holidays, I do so with a lot of joy, happiness and gratitude.
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