It's my own fault!

Monday, August 20, 2007

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

- Albert Ellis

I've always believed this, yet allowed myself to be overweight. My big philosophy is that we make our own happiness or unhappiness. If something seems to be beyond my control, I simply accept it. I can see that by doing that, I accepted my weight as inevitable and didn't allow myself to see that by doing so I was accepting bad knees, foot problems, and shoulder and elbow problems, not to mention a somewhat less than fullfilling lifestyle.

By deciding years ago that diets were causing my weight gain (every time a diet failed, I gained twice as much as I lost) I could put diets out of the picture and didn't see the progressive damage I was doing to my body. Now that I've lost 30 pounds, I'm more active, and getting outside enjoying nature and the new but enjoyable feeling of tired muscles.

It's my fault I am this way (NOT McDonalds or Reeses) and it will be my own fault when I lose another 30 pounds and am able to hike the "real" hikes.
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    Good job for the change of attitude. Once a person realizes that they can make a change for the better then the positive attitude makes it possible. If you didn't think you could do it, then you wouldn't. You would basically talk yourself out of it. Doesn't it feel great being able to be active again? I could do without the tired muscles but after a week they get used to the new activity and don't feel so sore anymore. It's getting through that week that's the killer. Keep up the good work!! ~Heidi
    4936 days ago
    Oh I LOVE that quote! It completely summed up how I've been feeling the last few months. That this is completely my doing and I am the only person who can possibly turn it around. I don't know why it took me so many years to discover that, but regardless now is the time, this year is the year, and today is the day that I realize the truth in that statement.

    I have never seen that quote before, so THANK YOU for sharing it with us. It is incredibly empowering and I hope you don't mind if I adopt it for my own as well.

    Thanks again,

    4937 days ago
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