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Time to Bloom - Spring 2018 - Another challenge!

Friday, March 09, 2018

I am joining in once again. Re-committing to another challenge. The name of the Spring challenge is apropos...Time to Bloom! For me it IS time!

Scripture says a seed has to die before it can grow and bloom. For me, I had to put my way of doing things, my way of trying to fix things to death in a radical fashion. Years ago I had determined to not go the road that I have since chosen to travel. That decision had to die. But it was more important to have some of my "set in stone" ways and decisions to die, than for me to not live the life I was meant to live. My previous choices never got me to the place I desperately wanted to go.

It took a lot of "soul-searching" to determine that it didn't matter what I had to give up to get to a healthier place. In the body I had been living in, there were too many hindrances to doing what needed to be done on a daily basis. And I surely wasn't reaching my potential.
Breakthrough was going to require something totally beyond anything I had already tried.

It took having bariatric (vertical sleeve gastrectomy) surgery to get through to that place of breakthrough I so wanted. I still have a long way to go, but I know I am heading in the right direction, and I have confidence that I can continue on this journey and get to a place of victory!

I am now down 50 lbs from my surgery date; 62 lbs from my highest weight ever. Still, everyday, I am faced with the same decisions..choosing good food over junk food, avoiding the sugar traps, and getting active on a regular basis. Thankfully, I am feeling better week by week and physical activity is much less a struggle and much more a happy endeavor.

I'm looking forward to Spring and warmer weather and more opportunities to get out and walk, and looking forward to actually trying to get back on a bicycle by summer time... I still have a long way to go, and daily discipline is still the key...

My current goal is still more than 100 lbs away, and I've been stuck on a plateau for a few weeks...which I know is a normal part of the process. It's the part of the process that has sabotaged me time and again, and I know I have to maintain my focus and my determination. So joining my Lovely Lime team/family for another 10 week challenge is just what I need to re-focus and stay accountable.

Here I go...it's Time to Bloom!
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