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Where to start?

Monday, October 22, 2012

I'm pondering a lot as I try to figure out what is really holding me back from reaching the goal I've set for myself in my weight-loss/weight-maintenance journey.

Where to start?

Where to start over?


Where to just move on and take one day at a time?

The plan I've developed for myself over the years is a solid, healthy-eating plan with appropriate cardio exercise and, now thanks to the prompting of my Spark Team captain, Jan, some appropriate ST. I have set realistic goals for myself and I know where I think I want to be weight-wise, although that is the ONE part of this that I may yet have to reevaluate as far as it being a "realistic" weight for me (forget those weight charts!!! Egads! I consider those weights very unrealistic and impossible to maintain in a *healthy* manner!!) So, what is it that is keeping me where I'm at after several rounds of the BLC Team participation?

Intellectually, I *know* what I need to do. I know all my pitfalls and I know I'm an emotional eater. I know I'm easily swayed. I know I develop an "I don't care" attitude at very stressful times in my life. I beat the lady in the mirror up on more occasions than I should, and I am VERY good at giving out positive reinforcement to everyone BUT that lady in the mirror! I look at the "failures" and I look at the "successes".................

..........and then I realize that this journey is more than a journey with a destination. It's an ongoing adventure....................! YES........an **adventure**!

THAT's been the flaw in my thinking............and why I've not been better to the lady in the mirror. This is NOT a singular journey of so many days that has a destination - an end. It's an *adventure* that is ongoing and is comprised of many journeys.......... that has several places I want to visit and a place I'd like to stay for a very long time.................that has detours that add to the adventure...........that has some wonderful sights to see, some places I don't want to revisit, and places I may never get to because of the detours.

How I navigate the adventure is up to me. How I enjoy the adventure, or grumble my way through it is also up to me. How I face this adventure each day will determine my own *outcome* each day. It's all up to me.

One. Day. At. A. Time.

I plan on *enjoying* this adventure as much as I can.........................

............and I plan on letting the lady in the mirror know that.
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    That is great that you think of it more as an adventure than something you have to do. Keep talking to yourself and telling yourself you are going to do it one day at a time. emoticon
    3200 days ago
    This has been a rough round for many, Linda. I like the "One day at a time" mantra, and celebrating the small victories along the way.


    3205 days ago
    You keep promising "that lady in the mirror" . . .

    Maybe if you make the promise to OTHERS, since you are so much better to others than yourself, you will do this.

    The promise ONLY needs to be that you will do the best you can every day and be as kind to yourself as you are to others. No one can ask for more.

    You HAVE the knowledge. Work it!
    3205 days ago
    You have once again helped me to see something in a new light. I have had so many detours lately I was feeling a bit lost. LOL Maybe I don't need to change direction, just my perspective. It really is just a great big adventure isn't it? Thank you. Good luck with the next 6 weeks.

    3205 days ago
    Sounds like you've finally figured it out. I know you can do it. You have the will.

    Take care.

    3205 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Great blog Linda. You can do it, I know you can. We've all had many detours of late but getting back on track, getting back to self is sometimes the biggest change needed to accomplish our goals. Good luck!
    3205 days ago
    Kudos for your alteration in viewpoint from journey to adventure!
    3205 days ago
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