SP Premium
GAILANN48
100,000-149,999 SparkPoints 149,737
SparkPoints
 

Courage to try again.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014:

A Spark article I read yesterday suggested that starting over might be a good idea for someone who's been stuck for a while. I've been losing and gaining the same 10 pounds for eight months now, and I think that qualifies me as "stuck". I've resisted, believing perseverance, not starting over, is what I needed to do because STARTING is something I do really well, but finishing has been more elusive.

Then came the "messages." My new team leader posted a quote yesterday, "If you want what you do not have, you must do what you have not done" (thanks, ZanyGirl1!), and then BUTTERFLY made a comment this morning about new beginnings.

...sometimes we just HAVE to pay attention to the "coincidental" things around us, and this morning I decided. I've been here long enough to understand that sometimes we have to just bite the bullet and change something, no matter how uncomfortable it is (or maybe BECAUSE it's uncomfortable).

So here I am, starting over, Day #1. I'm tempted to sigh, but I refuse to see this as failure, and am instead going to cheer for myself for the courage to A) Try again and B) Tell all of you!

Now it's time to put what I've learned to work. Thank you, dear friends. You guys are the BEST!

:) Gail
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • SLIMLILA
    Wow, guess this explains why I havent' heard from you lately, so much reading to keep up with. I need to start a Re-Set Button too. I did get the tax job, so after mid-Jan., I will probably be busy again.
    Happy New Year...

    2089 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    Good Morning Gail-=-Hugs-Lynda
    2178 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    Hi Gail--We are still hanging in--Good for us eh?--Lynda
    2198 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    it sounds like it has helped to renew that pledge! Good for you!!!--I am trying hard ---hope to get to Onederland soon--I've set a goal-----I hope it works----nice to hear from you too!-Lynda
    2229 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    New beginnings!!!! Has it helped to renew that pledge to eat healthy?????---Hugs--
    2230 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I always feel like I am starting over then I see the 25 plus pounds I lost and realize I just had a pit stop and am moving on. Changing things up helps keep us interested anyway! You go girl! Never give up.
    2263 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    It IS expensive--$45 per cheque---so stupid of me!!--I will get rid of those cheques for sure!---Nice you started over--Is it helping?--I just bought a "step thing""----to encourage me to keep moving---- I think it helps--Lynda---daughter leaves to-morrow--I shall miss them!
    2268 days ago
  • JLKCANADA
    Awesome! There is a saying that goes something like " If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always got" I am sure I have fractured that but you know what I mean. Sometimes we just have to start fresh and change up everything in order to get results! Good Luck - I am in it with you!

    2273 days ago
  • GRLTAZ
    Well at least you know how your mind works and you are working with it instead of against it. That is winning in my book. I am proud of you for sticking with it and I do hope this works well for you (newbie) LOL ! Keep pushing !
    2276 days ago
  • KENWANNE2013
    You are as always - inspiring and your willingness to share your growing awareness is so timely! Having just written a short blog which included a half hearted commitment to refocus, I read your blog and realised that my insistence on keeping on, rather than starting afresh is one of the things holding me back. On reflection, that's a strategy something akin to "knowing you're driving on the wrong road, but keeping going anyway" (something I realise after reading your blog, I actually do when I've lost my direction).

    I shall take a leaf out of your book and re-consider my strategy! Thank you.

    Some things to consider:

    Now you are on a new journey... what will be different? What will you be doing/feeling that makes it different and new? Are there any strategies from the previous journey that were helpful, that could be utilised perhaps refreshed to help you on this new journey? What outdated/unhelpful strategies are you going to ditch? When you look at where you want to go... are going to do it in one long haul e.g. one new journey? Or several new journeys?

    emoticon emoticon emoticon


    2276 days ago
  • SALAM4545
    This isn't failure, it's just a re-set button. Sort of like playing your favorite part of the movie several times, but never watching the end because there's so much good stuff in the middle.
    2278 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    I was thinking the same thing-start over. So I did this month. I finally started losing weight again!! Whoohoo!! We can do it!!
    2279 days ago
  • 922012
    You will get there my dear. I have faith in you!
    2279 days ago
  • PJB149
    We do our best, and that is the best we can do. If making a fresh start gets you to the ending you need, you go girl!

    Wishing you much success as you continue your WL journey. I'll be rooting for you.

    emoticon
    2279 days ago
  • STARLITNIGHT
    You will get there, sometimes the journey is not a straight line, but zig zags a bit. We will make it!
    2279 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13669487
    emoticon For me as well. I fresh start makes the journey seem more refreshing!! It is sure better than quitting it! I have been gaining and losing the same 10 pounds too for a few months and have yet to really make any progress at all. emoticon
    2280 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13876765
    It is NOT a failure. Do you know that the more times you try to quit smoking the higher your chances are to REALLY quit? You will do this! I have faith in you!
    2280 days ago
  • LIZSPRINGSTEEN
    YOU CAN DO THIS!
    2280 days ago
  • MARTYLYNN1
    Stuck is where I am at too!
    emoticon
    2280 days ago
  • KIRSTENLYNN62
    Here is another one for you: "Defeat brings a lesson, it gives a chance to rebuild, a chance to start again, with the knowledge of what does NOT work" -Leon Brown.
    Don't forget my personal motto: "Fall down seven times. stand up eight" (or in my case more like seventy!) emoticon emoticon
    2280 days ago
  • KAYYVAUGHN
    That is very good advice. All of us get stuck at times.
    2280 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12869499
    I can definitely relate -- sounds like a great way to get recharged and commit to your goals. Way to go!
    2280 days ago
  • SLIMLILA
    AT least you are still working on the same 10. I am up close to 25 lbs.... very discouraging, but I was accountable and edited my weight ticker today instead of denying it. Also, been for a walk already, did the 1.8K I was up to before my trip and the lousy weather.....and not as tired!!!!! Also did a SP 11 min. seated workout...Cool.....

    Good Lucky...let's do it right this time...
    2280 days ago
  • NHES220
    It is definitely not a failure, do not think of it that way. I have had to go back and re-evaluate a couple of times as I have hit plateaus and change things up - that is normal. You can do this!
    2280 days ago
  • MATTEROFHEART
    Good for you, Gail! I guess, in a way, I am starting over again as well, by joining a new team! So far, it has definitely helped my commitment level! Maybe a new start is what we both needed.
    emoticon
    Dachelle
    2280 days ago
  • GABY1948
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2280 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Excellent, sometimes it really does take a fresh start. And, this is not quitting, it is just acknowledging a need to do something different. Great blog, great plan.
    2280 days ago
  • no profile photo BUTTERFLYGRACE
    emoticon To new beginnings. We can sooooo do this!
    2280 days ago
  • F70176555
    emoticon emoticon
    2280 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment


    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.