Almost a month???
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Yep, nearly a month since I last blogged. Why I struggle with this I'm not sure but yet another area to work harder on.
This past week I celebrated my 2 year sparkversary. Hard to believe two entire years has passed so I thought I might do a bit of reflection.
When I started this journey I wanted to get my weight down and feel better, have more energy, and yes, wear smaller clothes. Why? For me and no one else. I had gone thru a period in time when I was miserable and my appearance said it all. I'd done the hard work to change my life that I was so miserable with and now it was time for ME. Me to take care of myself, exercise and enjoy living.
My initial goal weight was 140. I had gotten as low as 129 but have crept back up into the 135-138 range. Earth shattering? Not at all as I keep exercising and have kept the lower region toned that my clothes still fit well. When I'd gotten at that low end, I had more people tell me that I was too skinny and you know, I didn't feel that great. So I am okay with where I'm at but would like to fluctuate between 132-135 so a bit of work to be done.
I have learned that exercise is key for me in many ways. It keeps me focused and provides more energy. Those days I don't get out of bed and move before work, I struggle all day long. Last month was tough. This month is starting out much better and even with the long hours at work as of late, the time for me in the morning is crucial.
I know that I personally must view this as something other than a diet. I'd a given up long ago if I had. I must practice ALL things in moderation and I refuse to beat myself up if I have a bad day. I'm able to keep moving and do better the next day or even meal.
The old saying of what works for me may not work for you but if someone asks for ideas, then share them but don't TELL anyone what to do. We're all different and respecting one another is important and in many ways crucial. A bully has no place on Spark.
I have learned that the friendships formed on Spark are so very special and many being life-long. Meeting fellow spark friends is also a wonderful, and enlightening, experience. True spark friends never judge one another - we totally accept one another as the individuals we are and in most cases, embrace them.
I took a class once at a past employer and the 5 basic human needs were the focus. The first and foremost was POWER. Not the kind over people but the kind from within. I have learned that I do have the power to do whatever I put my mind to. Example is I want to learn to run. I've stalled a bit with the heat and humidity but have a desire to even jog when there was a time when I thought that "I" couldn't do it. I've done some and even got the DH involved. We've not done any long distances but we've done up to 5 miles using the Galloway method. I'm quite tickled about it. There are many spark friends out here that are a 'true' inspiration and I enjoy following them and reading about their successes. Mine may not be as great but you know, it is fine. I'm trying and again, I thought I would NEVER want to let alone do it.
Anyway, I apologize for the length of this but just got on a roll and since I'm very inconsistent with my blogging, I'm making up for lost time. Yea, that's it! LOL
So to all of you special people out there, just remember we may falter, we may have doubts, fears, injuries, and setbacks but the thing we do and do well, is we NEVER GIVE UP!!!
Enjoy your weekend.