Got a little catching up to do....
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Well, it took me a few days, but I have been able to get to everyone that wished me a congrats on the 14th for being chosen The Done Girl of The Day. If I missed anyone, please forgive me and charge it to my head and not my heart. I truly appreciated the special honor--I had a permanent smile all day long! LOL!
So just to catch up a bit, since the beginning of Jan, I've been putting in overtime at work for the General Assembly being in session here in VA. My department does quite a bit of work during this time of the year, so my sparking has had to slow down a bit. But know that I'm still pushing myself to get in some type of exercise everyday.
I'm loving my new Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds DVDs! They give me such a great workout, and Leslie's so motivating! I think I'm ready to try out her 3 & 4 mile workouts now.
I've gone against my better instincts and weighed myself a couple of times to see if there's been a change in the scale reading, but I won't officially record my ending weight until the end of January, so I'll keep my progress a secret until then. I will say that I can tell a difference in how my clothes are fitting and I've also noticed BIG TIME how my endurance has increased. Not to mention I'm sleeping WAAAAYYY better than I was when I wasn't exercising. So if the scales don't quite agree with me at the moment, I DO KNOW that I'm making progress. I'm not going to fully put the determination of my progress into what the scale says. Yes, I have a weight loss goal of at least 40 lbs, and I'm sure that I'll get there in due time, but right now, just knowing that I don't get winded as easily, I have a little extra room here and there, and I can go a little bit further than before is enough evidence for me to see that my efforts are not in vein.
Another change for me is my determination and dedication to my lifestyle change. Last year when I began SP, the slightest setback or mishap, or emotional challenge would cause me to lose all motivation and I would give up and wonder what happened. Now, I see the growth within myself where I'm able to push past my emotions, my mental woes, my physical woes and still do what I know is best for me. Have I gotten everything right and down to a science? Heck no! I still have a ways to go, but when I look back from where I've come, I can see that I've traveled a long ways and I'm certainly not where I used to be. What a blessing! There have been times where I've been dog tired, maybe not getting home until 11:30 pm or later for whatever reason, and because I know I have a goal to push for, I'll still push out a walk with Leslie--even if it's just 1 mile. It's 1 mile more than it would have been if I had just gone to bed like I wanted to. Would I have done that last year? Nope! So I have a lot to be thankful for and proud about, and I can honestly say that I'm proud of me....because I'm doing this for me.
To all of my spark family, keep pushing for what you want! No matter how many times you slip and fall, get back up, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving FORWARD! You may feel as though every time you take one step forward you end up going 3 steps back, but I guarantee you, if you keep pushing forward you'll travel further than you would if you continue to sit there and ask "what happened?"
Smooches to all!