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It's new and exciting

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ah, those first few weeks when the excitement of doing something new, being with someone you think you really like, adopting a pet.... It's intoxicating. emoticon
Until, it's no longer new emoticon , the person you think you really like turns out to be just horrible emoticon , and the cat pukes in your shoe. emoticon

Then what? Well, you could quit, stop being friends, and return the cat.

And stay fat for the rest of my life emoticon

I'm in the first few weeks of making huge life-changing decisions. And so far, I've had that "stick-to-it" drive that I need. But what I really, REALLY want is what my Mother provided when I was taking piano lessons. My piano was in our basement. So she'd send me downstairs to practice and set an egg timer at the top of the steps. If she heard me practicing as I should, the 30 minutes would peacefully go by. If I goofed off, she'd take the egg timer and increase it by 5 minutes, yelling down to say time had increased. And she would continue increasing it each and every time I goofed off. Sometimes those 30 minute practice sessions turned into an hour, sometimes an hour and a half! But, she was determined that I was going to practice. Then, I didn't think it funny or nice. Now, I use it as an example when I'm teaching to tell my students that I didn't like to practice either but if they want to learn, they have to practice. And, by the way, I absolutely love to play the piano emoticon

So, I'm wondering what my egg timer can be for making my life-changing journey? Someone nagging at me won't be helpful. Hearing "you shouldn't have that" definitely won't help. Having my Mother's support (and my Daddy's too), and my best friend's support, and all my SparkFriends emoticon support is great. But I live alone. Am I strong enough to increase my egg timer? Will this become tiresome and so I'll quit? emoticon

I've had cats puke in my shoes....and they're still here emoticon although some shoes are not.
I've had "loves" be not so loving. They are gone.

But I want my life changing journey to be new and exciting each and every day. Okay, maybe that's unrealistic. But I don't want the excitement to end. I want to one day look back and be able to say to myself, "Why, oh why, did it take you so long to figure out that THIS is the way you should have been living? See how much you could have accomplished if only you'd made these changes sooner!"

That may sound like negative speech but for me, right NOW, it's encouraging speech. It's empowering to see where I can take myself. So, with baby steps, I begin. And, somehow I'll hopefully find that egg timer to keep me going emoticon
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    I just came back to sparkpages after a few years of my weight steadily and sadly going up. Your posts are inspiring me... I wish you the best and know you can reach all your goals! emoticon
    2288 days ago
    Oh I hear you~! You can do the baby steps!! (I'm so bad at baby steps, and keep trying to work at it....).

    ...and I'm glad you still love piano emoticon . Motivators are tricky.

    2289 days ago
  • BEEJAY49
    You're doing wonderful just taking one day at a time. :) You can and will find that egg timer and you won't need to keep re-setting it, you'll just know you can do it!
    By the way, thank you for visiting my blog and listening. :) Love you! HUGS!
    2289 days ago
    I think you are doing great with all your purchases and time spent on fitness. Keep on sparking!
    2289 days ago
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