Here is my vision board. Its mostly pictures of me, ranging from one (lower left) that is twenty years ago. That's the ideal me I have in my head, although I'll never be that person or have that body again. The older woman I am laughing with in the upper right-ish is my mother. That picture represents several things to me--she has had her own struggles with weight and health and is now very healthy and happy with herself so that inspires me as I think about myself in twenty years although, again, I don't want to be her or have her body. Her struggles affected me greatly when I was growing up so that was also something I had to untangle as I grew up and moved into my own life. In that picture I'd lost a fair amount of weight and she was seeing me for the first time, but she wasn't able to say anything to me about it.
The pictures in the upper left are my "before and after" pictures for a success story on another weightloss site after I had lost 60 pounds.
Most of the other pictures are me at various stages of moving toward a fitter life. The man with me is my husband, who has been a great source of support and encouragement. In this picture we have just finished a 5K, which was his first. The finish line is the half-marathon I walked (I have a chronic foot problem and am not able to run), almost two years ago now. That accomplishment inspires me as I am coming out of another run of trouble with the same foot problem and starting to workout regularly again in Dec 2014. I don't know if I'll be able to walk that long again, but I want that joy and pride on my face again.
The image of dancers on a rocking boat is from a Diavolo show that I saw for the first time about five years ago in the middle of one of the most difficult periods of my life. The boat starts off wedged stable and then gradually the dancers remove the blocks and then the railings and the piece rocks higher and higher and they keep dancing. I am going through a similar period now, and this image hangs in our kitchen, reminding me to keep dancing: to keep moving, keep taking care of myself, even when "balance" just isn't an option right now.
How am I going to get there? Step by step, of course. Right now I'm trying to slowly increase the distance/time I can walk in one session. I'm at 1.5 miles, usually followed by a day or two of lower back tightness. My physical therapy will help with this but I've been slacking on it for that last few weeks. Finally, I've been tracking my food for the last few weeks. Now I want to start pushing that a bit too... So my short term plan is
1. Walk twice a week, once each week at the top of my distance or pushing it a bit.
2. Do my lower back and ankle PT 3-4x a week through February
3. Keep track of my calorie range, aiming for staying in range 6x a week.