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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

This message showed up in my inbox this morning. It came from one of those “Best of SparkPeople” e-newsletters. The article was titled, “Are You Making These 5 Resolution Mistakes?”

For now the answer is, NO. Yea me!

Of course in the past I almost always made some or all of the mistakes, but 2018 was truly a transformative year for me. I stopped letting other people’s opinion of me affect my behavior. I decided that if someone doesn’t like me/the way I look/the way I act; they are free to walk away and have nothing further to do with me. The only opinion that really matters for me is my opinion. In 2018 I took a leap and started a new workout program with a friend; this program came with a commitment, even if I stopped attending classes I was obligated by contract to continue paying for the classes for a minimum of 27 weeks.

Honestly, I’m too cheap to spend money for classes and not take the classes. Not only did I complete the 27 weeks, I continued for months after that with the intention of continuing into this year. December 8th was a big day, my friend and I went to work out as usual. After class the trainer announced that the owner decided that was the last day of these classes.

I felt sad, angry and kind of lost…for about 3 weeks. I spent that time grieving over a very special class with very special participants. That time did change my life. I made a real commitment and stuck with it even through some illness, family crisis, vacation, etc. I wasn’t there for every class, but I returned as soon as I could. When I needed to miss class I worked on my own when possible. I wasn’t perfect, but I kept working and I kept getting stronger and healthier.

This month I realized that the cancellation of the class is probably what will help me progress in my journey to health. Now I have to put into practice a lot of the lessons our trainer taught us about working with intention, being consistent, framing things in a positive way.

Most of us have gone our separate ways, but I cherish the time I spent with those people. I got to know and love them as we worked hard, went through struggles as we got stronger, had life events that were good and bad. We shared a lot in class and out of class. What a wonderful year that will help me as I go forward.

I find that after going through that class and those struggles I now do the following:

I set specific goals.
I set a time frame for those goals.
I know that perfect is not realistic, I do the best I can every day and some days I do better than other days.
I’m open about my journey to a healthier life and I take an interest in the journey of others.
I can and do commit to my goals and stick with that commitment.

These are huge changes for me and they are all because I took a chance and signed up for a crazy difficult class with a friend. It wouldn’t have worked if I hadn’t been ready, but I was at a point in life that I needed to make a drastic change.

I look forward to the challenges this year offers and I will be interested to see how I’ve grown and changed as a person after I take these new opportunities.
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    I'm glad you had that experience - it sounds wonderful and gave you the tools you need to continue to thrive!!!
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    12 days ago
    You're right, that was a big loss and it was perfectly normal to grieve it! Intense groups like that can become like family almost, so I do hope you will all run into one another out and about sometimes.
    372 days ago

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
    ~ Napoleon Hill
    372 days ago
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