Losing's funny!

Friday, December 31, 2010

After reading the cavalcade of end of the year blogs...celebrating success...declaring attack on 2011...vowing refocusing...numerous thankful words...I thought, " are NEVER at a loss for words, you better write something." But...doing it at the same time as the calendar says I should has never worked for me! (Remember...I vowed 2010 would be the year and it took me until April 15 to start the year). And of course...ToddJames = MY JOURNEY...MY WAY!

So...I will quickly say...losing weight is funny to me!

Yes...I have watched in amazement as the scale lowered at one point down 70 pounds...realizing that walking and water CAN be the right combination!

But...All I SEE is a number! I have to wonder if others think the same thing about themselves.

Each SPARK FRIEND comments on DRAMATIC body changes in me according to my pictures! To me...I see the same guy!

I look in the mirror...while others talk about "skinny Todd"...I see the same dude!

Yes...I walk down my closet 2 sizes (and is neatly arranged in 4 size options...which SHOULDN'T SURPRISE SOME) yet...I think I look the same in clothes!

I read people's pictures stating, "Creating a NEW ME with SparkPeople!" Heck...I liked the old me...I am just healthier now!

So...I have pondered ALL WEEK about this CHANGE everyone keeps talking about!

Finally...this morning...I got it! I recreated a moment for myself! I took the path I took the FIRST MORNING of the REST OF MY LIFE! (see blog April 27, One Step...I won't stop with Two!) I remembered the fear, anxiety, and determination I had that walk that mile! I knew I was going faster than ANY HUMAN HAD EVER ATTEMPTED on DAY ONE of the rest of their life!

Wanting to be fair...I wasn't out to prove anything! Actually...this morning...knowing I was in MUCH BETTER SHAPE than I was THAT DAY...I walked the pace I was CONFIDENT I went THAT DAY! And it was slow...I mean...I was bored...IT HURT to walk that slow...but I needed to prove I was in better shape...cardio...lungs...muscl
es! I was confident the SLOW, TEDIOUS walk was the PERFECT RECREATION!

To my 19 minute walk from April 15, 2010...that I TIRED to do SO SLOWLY TODAY TO GET THROUGH MY THICK HEAD I WAS IN BETTER SHAPE...SURPRISED EVEN ME! I traveled the path...going SUPER SLOW in 12 minutes FLAT...33% faster...and could have EASILY done it 60% faster!

Most of you have STOPPED reading now...but the point...LOOK FOR THE RESULT! You might not see it in eating, pictures, mirrors, or even clothes...but the numbers don't my case...the time on a clock!

I enter 2011 healthier...with a clearer head...and LAUGHING!

Losing weight can be a REALLY funny thing!

Be your BEST in 2011...Make it Happen...and 2011...No One Stands Alone!

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    I'm glad I don't stand alone...I have you in my life. Thanks for the many words you share with all of us. We are going to have an amazing year.
    3779 days ago
    Love your attitude. Keep on's infectious!
    3779 days ago
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    Thank you for this!! You made me really look in my mirror this morning - and although I still don't like what I see, I do see the small change that 2010 brought.

    But bigger than weight loss, 2010 brought me a GREAT friend in you!!

    You are amazing!!
    3779 days ago
    Awesome and so true! You do look great though. :)
    3779 days ago
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    I loved this! Total agreement with you Todd ~ feeling GREAT is FANTASTIC!!! Looking forward to a full year of 2011 with you and the MIH Team!!! and...NO ONE STANDS ALONE!
    3779 days ago
    Great thing to keep in perspective. Kudos for maintaining who you are and not changing because you physically look different.
    3779 days ago
    Thanks for your inspiration, Todd! You look great! 2011 is my year to make this transformation! I am going to do it...and I know I won't be alone :-)

    3780 days ago
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    You are AWESOME, Todd!!!
    2011 will be GREAT!!
    3780 days ago
    Another good read from Todd. Continue Sparking, dude!
    3780 days ago
    Yes, it can be a funny thing. It wasn't until I had lost about 80 or 90 pounds that I thought I looked significantly different, however my wife says she saw it at about 50 pounds. Mind you, she's also commented that in almost every before and after comparison pictures of guys who've lost 100+ pounds the guys are unrecognizable, while women who lose the same amount are still recognizable as themselves. Go figure.

    Have a Happy New Year!
    3780 days ago
    It's been a GREAT year Todd!

    You are amazing on and off Spark and I'm grateful that we are on this journey together!

    I can't WAIT to see where 2011 takes you.

    3780 days ago
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    Spark ON!!

    3780 days ago
    I too enter 2011 healthier, and a great portion of it is due to you.

    But I "beg to differ" with you on one point in your blog...yes, you are probably the same Todd...but look at the DIFFERENCE in that SMILE! YOU may not see a difference, but I do and I'm sure others do as well and THAT SAYS IT ALL!

    Thanks also...for with SparkFriends like you, I agree, not a single one of us "stands alone".

    SPARK ON IN 2011!

    3780 days ago
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