Good-bye Old Introduction, Hello New
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Old Intro: After seeing my weight rise and my self-esteem plummet for ten years, I decided the wait-and-see approach wasn't working. The weight wasn't going to miraculously melt away, just as it "miraculously" appeared. Stumbling upon SparkPeople gave me the motivation to start and I haven't looked back.
I'm an artist, optimistic and determined. 2007 was the year for positive changes and 2008 and 2009 showed me I could keep it off and continue to lose. 2010 had it's ups and downs as well as a secret pregnancy. 2011 is the year my baby came and 2012 I continue my journey to post-pregnancy healthfulness.
Sparkpeople made what could have been a stressful and disappointing journey into an incredibly easy one. I will meet my weight loss goal in early 2012.
We are all stronger and more beautiful than we realize.
I did this once, I can do it again.
-I didn't think I could do it but in 2007 I took off more than 100 pounds.
-I was certain I could be one of the few who wouldn't gain after two years of maintenance but I gained 50 pounds during pregnancy that I have yet to lose (three years later).
-I thought it would be easy to lose because it went like gangbusters before but I over estimated my energy and underestimated my post-birth life.
The failure isn't over confidence or lack of desire. My failure is in comparing myself to another me.
We are changing creatures who have very little in common with our past selves. Beyond a memory that links our metamorphosis day by day, our cells grow and die until we are entirely new beings. Our tastes evolve, our reasoning influenced, the people and habits we visit daily inevitably change. Why should we expect something that worked (or didn't) years ago to be exactly the same now?
Every day is new and with it an attempt to be the best me I can be.
If I get down to my goal weight, I'll cheer. If I lose one pound, I'll celebrate. If I stay the same size and tried my best, I'll be happy.