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Independence Day--- Freedom

Thursday, July 04, 2013

I remember when I quit smoking I was surprised by the freedom it brought me. Freedom from worry. Did I remember to put a pack...and a lighter in my purse? Do I have enough cigarettes? If not, do I have enough money to pick up a pack? Will I have to go outside to light up? I no longer had to worry about this extra burden I had placed on myself and it felt fantastic. I have been smoke free for at least 5 years but I still remember very vividly when that feeling of freedom from cigarettes first hit me.

I now think of my extra weight in the same way. I imagine that when I get to my goal weight I will have the freedom to open my closet and have many choices.....not worrying about what will fit this week or which shirt will hide my big belly (the answer is NONE). I will have the freedom to do the same activities as my more active friends- beach, hiking, bike riding, etc. Yes, I can do all those things now but I can't do those activities with the freedom of someone who doesn't have over a 150 pounds to lose...... but I will. Just like I conquered smoking, I will also conquer my weight problem. It is a slow process and the results aren't as quick to manifest themselves but if I look closely I notice that: my clothes are a little bit looser, I have more energy, I don't crave sugar like I used to and I have hope like I haven't had hope in a very long time. Mmmhh, maybe the results are pretty quick after all !!!

Happy Independence Day to all of us as we continue to follow the Spark!

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    I love your insight! I remember well that same feeling of freedom from nicotine. So glad to hear that your noticing the small changes. Keep working, keep focus. I know you'll make all your goals and many, many more. emoticon
    1744 days ago
  • NEWME1027
    Enjoyed your blog. Consistency is the key. Take your time and learn what it takes to be a lifestyle and not a DIET.

    1748 days ago
    This is a slow process but we're worth it! Keep Sparking!
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    1749 days ago
    Celebrating non scale victories is so empowering-you have recognized a number of accomplishments here-GREAT! Hope you enjoy celebrating your journey to freedom!!
    1749 days ago
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