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Self-Analysis, At Least For Today

Sunday, November 17, 2013

More blog a day challenge questions - doing two in an effort to catch up. emoticon

True or false: I feel good about myself. Elaborate.

True, today! Usually I try to find the positive in this health journey, but there are occasional days where I berate myself for my failures - not enough exercise, not enough effort, poor nutrition choices. When I was dieting, even in the years I was with Weight Watchers, those days were fairly frequent.

However, since I found SparkPeople, I have lots more days where I feel good about myself. The change is because I've committed to a healthy lifestyle, not a diet, and have learned to forgive myself for my slips. Instead of quitting, as I would in the past, I start over the next day, tracking food and exercise, reaching out to Spark friends, and not wallowing in self-disappointment. Getting outside for a brisk walk usually lifts my spirits; keeping healthy food in the house and avoiding junk helps me conquer destructive binges.

I've kept 40 pounds off and am still wearing my size 10-12 clothes; more importantly I've improved my health and energy levels.

If I could change one thing about myself, it would be _______. How and why would you make that change?

When I was younger I would have said my weight, because I equated a "normal" weight with a happy life. Older and wiser, I now want to be a kinder emoticon , patient, and more tolerant person. The people I admire have those qualities. It may be trite but life is indeed too short to waste time on negative and self-destructive emotions. My light bulb moment occurred a few years ago when my young niece died suddenly at the same time my mother had a major stroke. Without going into detail, I had to re-examine my life and the kind of person I wanted to be when I "grew up."

So now I try to practice patience and tolerance, give others the benefit of the doubt, and take time to think instead of rushing to judgement. Do I fail sometimes? Sure! Yet I keep on, because at this point in my life quitting on my goals is not an option.
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