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Why I have not met my goals....

Sunday, February 10, 2013


I shouldn't even want to. I don't really need to. My answer to this question ~ What is your Why? to reach your 5% goal?
Fall was my first 5% challenge. My Why then was to be the healthiest I've ever been. That surely did happen. That was a full year of putting my mind over matter and forgetting all I knew about food and cooking, and relearning a complete new lifestyle. A change so big that it has become easily over 50% of what I do on a daily basis now. My life now is so much more meaningful and purposeful energetic and truly something I believe most people would look up to and admire ~ wait, what? Amazing.
Still, at the end of the Fall 5% challenge, I did not reach my weight goal. Why not?

Yesterday, I took the original "RealAge" test by Dr Rozen. I had taken the test years before, when it first came out. I was probably 35, somewhere around there. and because I smoked, had a high stress job and life, did not exercise or eat well, I was actually "aged" at 44 years back then. Because of the above mentioned items, no wonder, I thought then as well as looking back. Yesterday I woke up thinking about that test for some reason and sought it out online first thing. There it was. A free online realage test. I took it. As you may know I turn 55 later this month. My RealAge according to the results is now, drum roll 48.5!!!!

It has taken a full day for that to really start to sink in. My word, what a turn around!!!

So....Why? Why Now?

I could easily say ~ I have arrived.

Truth is, for the last challenge, I was afraid to reach my goal. I love my new life so much, I don't want anything to rock that boat. I don't want my journey with Spark to be over. I am not ready to move on. I need Spark People. The connection to spark people for me IS the key to my success. For the past several years I have basically been a shut in myself caring for my elders. A most rewarding job, over months and years, it does get isolating and at times can be very depressing. I need all the strength that I can muster, at times, to always be there for my family. I don't regret my decisions. I'm just saying it is easily the HARDEST job I have also ever had. I need the positive social interaction of my SP.

Why would I want to reach my goal?

You need Spark, too. You need me to finish MY goal, so that I can be there at your finish line cheering for you!
To quote SparkGuy, SparkPeople's founder and CEO, "Your daily actions and words impact more people than you ever realize!"
I will reach my goal this time. To prove to you by my example, that if you change your mind, you can reach your goals. I am not going any where when I reach my goal, I will not be "done" with the program, I am just getting started!!!

Mind over Matter.

That's Why. That's All.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    What an encouraging blog !COngratulations on the progress you have made.I have been a part of Spark people for years.I need the sense of community.I too used to have a high stress job but then I got in an accident which requires me to take medication and to exercise to stay moving Spark has been an important part of me recovery.I could not do it without them! So I understand where you are coming from.The challenge is to keep improving !
    1918 days ago
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    1925 days ago
    "being healthiest possible" is the best goal. Congrats on 'anti-aging'.
    1926 days ago
    I reached my goal, and lo and behold, I did not read further about just how difficult maintenance is, so here I am 10 pounds later, and having a very difficult time getting them off again. but I will and then it is maintenance,
    Loved your blog, and I need to go in and take that realage test, hopefully, I will be younger in realage than years, I sure do feel much better today than 4 years ago.
    1926 days ago
    You've never done because there's always maintenance, something I've never conquered for more than a year.
    1926 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    If you don't set goals, you don't know when you get there!
    1926 days ago
    Glad you will stick around. Great news on the realage test! You'll be here for a long time.
    1926 days ago
    You have reached that "being healthiest possible" goal in the most important aspects and do inspire me, and many others, I'm sure! And you can reach any other goal you set for yourself with the tools you now have.

    Thank you for reminding me of the real age test, I had similar results when I was in my 30s, and will recheck today...thanks for the inspiration!
    1926 days ago
  • LIS193
    Reaching our goals or not, this is a great community and I know I'll always be a part of it. I have met so many great friends and there is always something new to learn.
    We laugh, cry, cheer and moan together. Comfort and encourage each other.
    We NEED spark people!!
    1926 days ago
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