We're already 6 weeks into the new year and I'm seeing a sad event happening around me, even here at SparkPeople. People that were fully energized and ready to take on the world have fallen off and are not exercising at the gym. Certain members on my friends list have not been active for a few days up to about 3 weeks.
While everyone that falls away has the same goal of getting into better shape, there are many reasons that some fall away from their motivation or their plans that some took some good thought and measure to create. It makes me sad to see this but yet I am not going to watch it happen quietly.
To those of us still hanging around I want to encourage you to continue on the path that you have started. Think of your goals and the outcomes that will happen once you reach those goals. It's helpful sometimes to pull out of your short term focus and daydream about that long term focus or your goal.
I sometimes picture myself at my goal, although to be truthful, I feel as if I've reached my goal already! When I started my life change in December 2007, I wanted to feel better. That was my ultimate goal. I didn't hang a number out or shoot for a certain size. I feel better now. I feel better physically. I can do things now that I wasn't able to do even in my 20's. I feel better about myself emotionally. I am very open and talk freely to anyone about anything and I am not afraid to share my innermost feelings about my life with anyone that I meet. Couldn't see myself doing that a few years ago.
I realize that it's all a part of feeling better and doing what I'm doing plays a major role in that feeling better. That is why I'm not altering my workout schedule. That is why I'm not altering my nutrition. I feel as if I've accomplished what it is that I set out to do some 14 months ago. The things I've done have become ingrained into me now and I feel so good that I'm not going to change anything because THIS IS WHO I AM and this is who I want to be.
I'm not bragging. I'm sharing my life's feelings which are at a pinnacle at this moment. If I can motivate anyone to stay the course and continue onward, then I feel as if my mission has been successful. If others try to emulate my success, it makes me happy beyond what you can imagine. I just wish I could touch people and the energy of goodness that I have could just transfer to them just from the touch but I know that can't happen so leading by example is the best thing I know of in how to accomplish that.
If you're feeling down and you need someone to talk to or listen or you have a question, feel free to hit me up. I've been at rock bottom and it wasn't that long ago I was there. I feel like I'm at the top right now and I'm throwing out ropes to help others get up here.
Thanks for listening to me ramble. I just feel really good this morning and my last thought is don't give up.
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