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I Am More than a Number on the Scale (SUmmer goal)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My goal for the Sizzling Summer challenge is to realize that I am more than a number on the scale.
Because I have continued to eat right and exercise, but not lost any weight for so long, I have felt like a disappointment and a failure.
My wellness coach asked me months ago to make a list of positives about myself, and I have been unable to do it. Both she and my counsellor have told me they could make the list, but I need to see those things in myself. Some days all I see is failure.
For the next ten weeks I am going to continue to track my food and exercise. I am going to eat healthy and within range. I am going to drink plenty of water. None of those are my goals.
In order to accomplish my goal of realizing I am more than a number on the scale:
I am going to get on the scale only once a week.
I am going to keep a list of blessings for every day.
I am going to take more me time - to get to know myself better.
I am going to try and see myself through other people's eyes.
I am going to read positive thoughts daily.
I am going to interact more - I spend too much alone time.
I am going to make that list of positives!

Yes, I want to lose weight. Sometimes to lose weight, we have to lose baggage that we carry around. Facing that baggage has been a difficult journey for me. Now that I have, I need to move past the negatives. They still hurt, but I cannot keep letting the darkness of the past, ruin the brightness of the future. I am ready to step into the light again.

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    Great post! Stay positive! The Creator of the universe took the time to create you and HE says you are fearfully and wonderfully made! You are taking an excellent step in your goals...we are transformed from the inside out as we renew our mind and come into agreement with the words of our wonderful God. Blessings!
    1425 days ago
    emoticon Great goals Ruthie!
    1433 days ago
    Great goals! I too struggle with seeing any positives of me. You are an inspiration to our team every day...thank you!

    You can do it!
    1433 days ago
  • MOJO0607
    Perfectly is up to you, and you know you have the support and love of all of us here to help you whenever you may need it.

    Hugs, RuthieBear...great big squishy, mushy hugs.
    1434 days ago
    Great plan!!
    1434 days ago
  • APRIL_V_2
    Great blog, and awesome goals. You are more than a number on the scale. Good luck with your inner journey. We'll be here rooting for you. emoticon
    1435 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Ruthie, you come through these pages and blogs as a warm and loving person. I think that you are a ray of sunshine when you drop by my page to say Hello, and it brightens my day.

    I am right next to you on that plateau and have been for quite some time. But we can't allow that one thing make us think we have failed. I guarantee you that each and every day you do at least several things that make a difference to others.

    I like your goals, and agree with MARUKI52, and all of the other comments here. Some things that help me are to watch inspirational videos on You Tube, listen to shows on Hay House Radio, and read positive books. I also find watching funny shows on TV - I Love Lucy, and some of the old comedy shows that make me laugh helps me to view things differently.

    “Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” ― Steve Maraboli

    1435 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
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    1435 days ago
    Awesome! I need to keep this in mind myself!
    1435 days ago
  • VALYNN26
    emoticon and yes! YOU are so much more that a number on the scale! These are some great goals! I believe in you. emoticon emoticon
    1435 days ago
    I don't know what else I can contribute that others haven't already said but I will be cheering for you! emoticon
    1435 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Be kind to yourself Ruthie, you are definitely worth it. Take time for YOU, put yourself as #1 priority.

    Your goals are great and please, believe in them and in yourself!
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    1435 days ago
    Good for you!
    Even if the scale is not moving, you are getting healthier when you stick to eating healthy and exercising. Perhaps you are adding some muscles here and there?
    I love your positive attitude towards plateaus.
    1435 days ago
    Love these goals! You got this Ruthie!
    1435 days ago
    I love this blog! Thanks for sharing!
    1435 days ago
  • KITT52
    emoticon ..believe in your self..... emoticon
    1436 days ago
    One step at a time. emoticon
    1436 days ago
    Being on a plateau for a long time is no fun. You want to see the change on the scale and it just won't come.... But you've been consistent in spite of that. I'd say that's a HUGE POSITIVE right there. Stay strong and keep walking forward!

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    1436 days ago
    You ARE DEFINITELY more than that # on the scale! You are AWESOME. It is very difficult to let go of the past, especially painful parts, but it does make the here-and-now better, and your future too.
    1436 days ago
  • MARUKI52
    A suggestion for you. I have offered this to others in the past because I have found it helpful myself. Keep a notebook by you and write down the following:

    1. Anything good that happens to you during the day.
    2. Anything good you did for someone else.
    3. Anything positive that was said to you.
    4. Anything said to you that made you smile or laugh.
    5. Any kindness said to you or done for you.
    6. Any kindness you did for someone else.
    7. Did you make anyone else smile or laugh?
    8. Anything else you can think of that is positive about yourself.

    Things and so said I was looking healthier, had nice hair, liked the colour of my hair, liked my eyes, my smile, thought I had a good sense of humour etc. Anything positive that you or another person, can be friends, family, carers, assistants, hospital staff, just anyone you come across in your ordinary day, has said to you or you have experienced on that day. You might be surprised when you write these things down how they begin to add up and how many positive things there are about yourself that you just don’t really take note of during general day to day living.

    I did this for a while and some of the things people said about me were that I had a sense of fun, was kind, open and outgoing, easy to approach, a good listener, always seems happy, bubbly, comforting, friendly and honest, had nice hair, kindly eyes,was generous and caring and approachable.

    I have to tell you that I had been quite unaware that this was how people viewed me but often these things are said by people and it only half registers with us which is why writing it down at the time or as soon after as is possible is a good thing because we can go back and read what has been said, or done, and that is good for us to be reminded. I'm not suggesting doing this forever but just for a while. You might be surprised at what you learn about yourself of which you were unaware.

    An experience I had.........I remember a friend at work. She had only joined the Company I worked for about a week before. It was my birthday on this particular day and it was the custom that whoever had the birthday bought cakes for the others in the department. (Needless to say no one had issues with food back then!) So, on this day, this new friend along with me and a couple of other friends went to the local bakers to buy the cakes for the department. On the way there she asked where we were going and was told that as it was my birthday the custom was to buy cakes. Well, we had just passed a flower seller who had a tray of primroses and violets, just small bunches and not very expensive. This new friend did no more than stop, turn around, go back to the flower seller and bought me a bunch of primroses.

    That was way back in the late 1950’s but I have never forgotten her generous gesture and the kindness that she did this for me so spontaneously. The primrose bunch was only small, the cost small too but the gesture, the kindness, the thoughtfulness has stayed with me since that day. Kindnesses don’t always have to be big gestures, they can be just a word, a smile or something like my experience that doesn’t cost a lot financially. It is those that remain in our memories, memories that are helped by writing even the smallest kindness down.

    I’m sorry that this is a long post but I can ramble on. Put it down to my advanced years! emoticon
    Hope this helps.

    1436 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You are so emoticon
    1436 days ago
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    1436 days ago
    Yes! You are!!

    I've been working on my body image this month, to see that I'm worthy of everything I want, whether I ever lose another pound or not! It's been a really nice experience.
    1436 days ago
    You are amazing and worth the fight to unlearn the negative, and recreate a more positive inner truth about yourself. As I have learned, you can not wait for a friend or a hero, you must become these things for yourself first. Best wishes. emoticon
    1436 days ago
    Let that baggage go! On-wards to a happier, healthier you!
    1436 days ago
    emoticon Love your goals, you can do this emoticon emoticon

    Have a great weekend emoticon
    1436 days ago
    Amazing post emoticon I love your goals. I completely relate to letting go of "baggage" in order to better the quality of life. I believe in you! You are not alone in this struggle. You are an amazing inspiration. emoticon

    emoticon Tabitha

    1436 days ago
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