The "F word" collage

Friday, January 01, 2010

When I worked my way through the beginning stuff in SparkPeople almost a year and a half ago now, I didn't really do a vision collage. I picked a few little images that I could sketch, look at, remind myself with. These images worked for me during those first thirty pounds, but they really were images of short term goals, not true vision. The little pictures were: stairsteps, for being able to walk up stairs without breathing hard (done!); an hourglass shape, for how I want my body to look (closer); and a question mark, for people asking "Have you lost weight?" (that's happened, too).

I've been thinking about those images for awhile and wondering how to update them in order to make them more motivating for the future. I still have at least 30 pounds to go, but I don't want it to be so much about the pounds anymore. I really want it to be about the process and about the future.

I started thinking about a vision collage and dug into a pile of older magazines that I've read but never gave away. On top was an issue of More. More, for those of you who still read Seventeen or whatever, is a magazine for "mature" women, over 40. I don't claim to be mature. I am definitely over 40.

It was exactly what I needed. Jamie Lee Curtis was on the cover, turning 50. She looks, as always, fabulous. There's the first piece of my vision collage. My vision isn't about looking like Jamie Lee Curtis at 50 (not that I could ever look like her--at twenty, thirty, forty, or 90!), but about looking that confident, that happy, and that fit. The article that accompanied her photos focused on "F words" that inspire her at fifty. I'll still make my collage (and no doubt you'll hear more about it), but first I'm going to work on that list of F words...and I have 4 years until I reach the first one.

Fifty years old! (in 2014)
Fatigued (not!)
Forgiving of myself and others
Fueled by inner strength

Fancying (i.e., enjoying):
Friendship & Solitude (OK, so I couldn't find an "F" word for liking my alone time)
Far-away lands
Furry creatures

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  • DAWNO64
    I swear, Marie, you are my long-lost twin. More is one of my favorite magazines since I hit this age (don't tell anyone, but I still get Cosmo too, just to laugh at).

    F words, huh? Well, I know one that isn't appropriate at all.... How about "Fearless" and "Favorite" ('cuz you're one of my favorite Sparkers)
    3743 days ago
  • ITGIRL74
    Freedom! It's what I'm always working toward - freedom from fat, self-doubt, self-imposed restrictions. But it might also be used to describe your alone time. :)

    Happy new year, my friend. Let's meet our goals together!
    3747 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Fond Memories (Being made as we go along!)

    I love your list and your attitude. WE WILL ROCK 2010!~ Together

    3747 days ago
  • CLH4207
    Great blog! I'll be fifty in 2012.

    What about fortitide? (strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage)
    3747 days ago
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