2011 is here and I'm ready! I've struggled with my weight all my life. After periods of gaining, losing, and gaining again, I'm ready to change everything and keep it off for good. Sparkpeople has been amazing and a key ingredient in my success. My goal is to reach my goal weight by my birthday in May, and to do so, I need to step up my game.
I've struggled with my weight my entire life. At my highest point I was almost 200 in high school. I became obsessed with weight loss and got down to 130 by graduation. Since then, my weight has slowly crept up. I'm trying to get back down to 130, a pretty comfortable, healthy weight for me, but this time the healthy way.
“Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.”
Tuesday: Taekwondo class, 1 hour
Thursday: Tae kwon do class, 1 hour
| current weight: 154.0
1686 days ago
At Your Own Pace
The Tortoise and the Hare
People take life at different speeds and one way is not necessarily superior to another.
The classic tale of the tortoise and the hare reminds us that different people take life at different speeds and that one way is not necessarily superior to another. In fact, in the story it is the slower animal that ends up arriving at the destination first. In the same way, some of us seem to move very quickly through the issues and obstacles we all face in our lives. Others need long periods of time to process their feelings and move into new states of awareness. For those of us who perceive ourselves as moving quickly, it can be painful and exasperating to deal with someone else’s slower pace. Yet, just like the tortoise and the hare, we all arrive at the same destination, together, eventually.
People who take their time with things are probably in the minority in most of the world today. We live in a time when speed and productivity are valued above almost anything else. Therefore, people who flow at a slower pace are out of sync with the world and are often pestered and prodded to go faster and do more. This can be not only frustrating but also counterproductive because the stress of being pushed to move faster than one is able to move actually slows progress. On the other hand, if a person’s style is honored and supported, they will find their way in their own time and, just like the tortoise, they might just beat the speedier, more easily distracted person to the finish line.
It’s important to remember that we are not actually in a race to get somewhere ahead of someone else, and it is difficult to judge by appearances whether one person has made more progress than another. Whether you count yourself among the fast movers or as one of the slower folks, we can all benefit from respecting the pace that those around us choose for themselves. This way, we can keep our eyes on our own journey, knowing that we will all end up together in the end.
1854 days ago
I am not my weight. I am a wonderful, special human being and I CAN lose weight.
I am taking the steps I need to take every day for a happier, healthier me. I
eat healthy foods in moderate portions and I exercise frequently. I feel good about me.
I see myself as I will look when I reach my target weight and I like the picture I see.
I am going to experience every bit of life and I am going to experience it as a thin me.
I will keep moving forward to my target weight goal and to that picture I have of a thin me
regardless of what anyone says. Although I may get discouraged from time to time, I will
continue toward my target weight goal.
I CAN do this! I can reach my target goal! I believe in me!
Target goal: I will weigh ____ pounds on _______ ___, 20_.
1854 days ago
Congrats on your nutrition streak! :) I'm proud that I went to the gym twice today!! Had some aggression to work through! Hey that's the best time to hit the gym!!
1914 days ago
I'm hanging in...trying not to stress myself out and focus on me! How have things been going with you? I've fallen out of the spark loop...which hasn't helped things.
So ready for spring!!
1929 days ago