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2017 - My Year of Being Uncomfortable

Sunday, January 01, 2017

This will ultimately be a good thing! Several years ago I took a scrapbooking class structured around the concept of choosing one word to be your "word of the year". You invite the word into your life and "live" with it for the year. The idea is to choose your word thoughtfully & deliberately, to choose a word that "speaks" to you and to contemplate all the ways you can incorporate that word and all of it's meanings into every aspect of your life for personal growth. I haven't done it for the past few years and I've decided to do it again this year. In the two previous years I participated my words were "focus" & "change". For 2017 I am choosing "UNCOMFORTABLE". I realize this may seem like a strange word to choose, and to those who are familiar with this process as it may seem counter-intuitive. However as I've been pondering for the last several weeks what my word should be I keep coming back to this one, so this is my word for 2017. As a result of my considerations I've come to realize that being "comfortable" is largely responsible for my current situation with regard to my life in general and for my weight and diet specifically. I don't exercise much because it's UNCOMFORTABLE. I don't visit the doctor regularly because it's UNCOMFORTABLE. I don't try many new or healthy foods because they are UNCOMFORTABLE. I don't go out into the world and interact with others as much as I should be it's UNCOMFORTABLE (I'm naturally very introverted). There are things I want to do and places I want to visit that I don't because I would be UNCOMFORTABLE doing them (or physically unable) or being there. And the biggest one of all for me is that 2017 is the year I turn 50, this makes me EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE!!! So this year I'm going to thoughtfully and deliberately venture outside of my comfort zones and make myself UNCOMFORTABLE as much as possible in all areas of my life. I'm viewing being UNCOMFORTABLE not as a bad thing but as something necessary to affect positive changes in my life. It will be very challenging, probably liberating and ultimately (I hope) it will lead me to success in finally dropping this weight forever! So, on this 1st day of January 2017 my first venture into the UNCOMFORTABLE is posting this blog. Anyone who's read any of my previous posts knows I don't like this, but I'm doing it anyway. Maybe that will change by the end of the year. Please feel free to join me in this process if you so desire and share your words for 2017 in the comments section below. As with any journey, it will be easier & more fun with others. We can do this together, SparkPeeps!
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  • KNH771
    That's a very brave choice for your word of the year! My word is self-compassion. I was in a group therapy session for weight loss patients at my hospital and I failed the test the shrink gave us!
    1570 days ago
    Great blog !!! Printing for my journal!
    1571 days ago
    I love your post. An exercise instructor once handed out rubber-bands and had us put them on two fingers. She said stretch the rubber-band until its taught. Then push it a little farther, but not far enough to break it. She was getting us to look at pushing beyond our comfort zone.

    I want to join you on choosing a word for the year. I'm toying with "New" or "Yes" or "Adventurous." I really want to start living life more. I sit and watch TV or play on the computer too much.

    Together we can do it. Let's Rock 2017.
    1571 days ago
    My word is consistent. I really like your post, and am glad I read this. I need to be consistent in low carb eating, and in exercising. The past two days have gone pretty well. I a little nervous, but I need to realize that I don't need to be perfect in my efforts. I just need to go through the motions and consistently do my actions to achieve my goals.

    I can relate to a lot of what you said. I am a natural introvert, too; although my last job taught me to pretend I was an extrovert.

    You can do it, and I am here as an ear...lol! We will do it together!
    1572 days ago
    my word is uncertain as it seems most days now are like that for me
    1572 days ago
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