Friday, May 08, 2009

Having the tendency to dwell too much on negatives about myself, I welcomed the chance in a current challenge to focus positively on some of my accomplishments.

When I stop to think, I realize that I have been successful in three different areas of my life. First of all, I recently completed the educational assistant diploma program at a local university. Despite working full-time, caring for my family and home, and continuing my volunteer commitments, I managed to attend night courses, perform behavioural observation assignments, research and write term papers, and sit tests and exams to earn my diploma with an "A" average.

Secondly, although I have not yet reached my final weightloss goal, I've managed to maintain a forty-pound loss for over a year. I also can see I am steadily increasing my cardio-vascular fitness, and my muscle strength and endurance. I am able to run farther and with less effort than previously, and have increased my strength as evidenced by my progression from using two-pound weights to using eight-pound ones. I plan to be doing my strength training with ten-pound weights come the fall!

My third achievement has to do with my confidence. I've always felt comfortable and been outgoing with people I know well, but used to feel awkward and shy in new situations when meeting others for the first time. Over the past few years, bit by bit, one friendly comment to a stranger at a time, I've now realized I am quite at ease in new social situations. I can enter a room full of people I don't know and within a few minutes strike up a pleasant conversation. It is very empowering to realize that most people feel awkward and shy around strangers so we can help each other out. We all want to be liked and feel like we belong!

Writing this I've realized something else: changes and accomplishments don't occur overnight, they take weeks, months, even years to achieve. However, lasting results can and will happen, one turned-down chocolate muffin, one more serving of vegetables, one more walk around the block, one more set of strength exercises, one more class, one more, "Hello, I'm Cheryl," at a time.

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    You sound like me!!!!!!!!!!!! (with one exception.)



    BIG HUGS & HUgs in Christ,
    3899 days ago
    I think you have done a positive thing for yourself by focusing ont he positive aspects.

    I totally understand, because I have had a similar experience. I still have more to go, but it will come.

    We can do this....
    Love, Sam

    4213 days ago
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    Way to go! Keep thinking of those positives and take one step at a time!
    4221 days ago
    One step at a time- exactly what I wanted this challenge to show! Good for you for realizing this and taking advantage of these things. You've come a long way and I love having you as a friend, and seeing your progress :)

    What a list of accomplishments. You are very right to be proud of yourself!
    4222 days ago
    You're doing great. You should be very proud of everything you're achieved.
    4222 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/9/2009 3:35:51 AM
    You've done great, CJ! Those are wonderful accomplishmenta!!!

    4222 days ago
    Those are some pretty terrific achievements, CJ. You SHOULD be proud of yourself!
    4223 days ago
    Wonderful accomplishments!! You should be so very proud of yourself. You're an amazing, strong woman!!
    4223 days ago
    Well done, CJ! I'm proud of you for getting your diploma, and for keeping such high grades...I know you worked so hard for that, and it really paid off! And kudos on keeping the 40 pounds off and building your confidence-remarkable achievements there!

    Way to go!
    4223 days ago
    Congratulations on all your accomplishments! And that bit about figuring out that everyone is really wanting to feel like they belong - very well thought - it's so easy to think that you're the only one who feels needs some help there. Really well done all around.
    4223 days ago
    Good for you!! I'm so happy that the confident cj is emerging...you deserve to feel proud and confident after all you've done! And an "A" average? Wowzers!!! Good for you...that is a definite thumbs up! Love ya friend!! *hugs*
    4223 days ago
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