New Year, New Alicia
Friday, January 11, 2008
Well, the new year is here, and thanks to my success this far, and all my faithful supporters, I think this will be the year that I finally achieve success.
Even though I haven't reached my goal weight yet, I already feel like a new person, because I have accomplished and learned so much here. I have exercised more in the last six months than I have ALL MY LIFE. And you know what? It makes me feel GOOD! I have learned that having a bad week does not mean throwing in the towel, and having a bad moment does not mean giving up and "starting fresh on Monday."
I've learned that I can make mistakes and learn from them instead of hating myself because of them. I've learned that I'm not alone. I've learned that happiness is not measured by a number on a scale, and health is not determined by the number on your clothing tags.
Just like negative things can be "vicious cycles" so can positive things be GREAT cycles! The more I exercise, the more I want to eat healthy, and the more I eat healthy, the better I feel, and the better I feel, the more I want to exercise. It's a wonderful feeling to actually feel good about diet and fitness instead of dreading it. It's a great feeling to want to embrace the new lifestyle instead of just the the thought of it leaving a frown on my face.
This is not to say that I enjoy every minute of it, and I'm perfect, and I'm a fitness freak or health nut or anything like that. But it does make my point about being a "new Alicia." Nowadays I prefer to think of dieting as more of a mind set than anything. And I now know that I can do it, and I WILL do it. And not just for my husband and kids this time, but I'm doing it for myself, too. And even that is something that I can't honestly say I've done before.
So in New Year's toast to my team leader and her new motto, I tip a glass and say: 2008 is (FINALLY!) the year to lose the weight!