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Chipping at the Brick Wall

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

One of my spark friends has encouraged me to blog more than once every two weeks. So today I wrote this to two of my very good friends and I thought I would share here too.

I keep saying how much I gained back last year....but I haven't given myself kudos that I did not gain back all of the weight I lost in 2010. In fact I lost and maintained 8 lbs. You know Instead of saying how much I regained in 2010 I need to be proud of the 8 lbs.:) I been looking at the glass half empty...I have been missing the fact that the glass is actually fuller than I realized.

And in 2011??...I've already passed that up...13 lbs. gone...and I still have 10 1/2 months to go.

I just feel empowered today. I was watching a inspirational video on you tube this morning.The speaker Randy Pausch was saying how we come to brick walls, which sometimes completely stop some people in their tracks. The video I watched Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams can be found on you tube at:

For all of us here at spark people who come to those brick walls. If we just keep at it...the brick walls will come down. Randy Pauch said "The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something." For me I have been chipping at this wall for 32 years. I put the walls up when I was sexually abused as a child. I have been chipping at the wall since becoming an adult. It isn't only calories in and calories out but also learning to truly love me, to love my sexuality, to allow myself to be happy.That is why I feel so obsessive about it...and empowered to know Spark People is giving me the tools to chip away.

This photo is of someone chipping at the berlin wall.

I absolutely know that developing a positive self image/losing weight can no way be compared to the magnitude of the Berlin wall coming down. But I love this photo. It is a reminder of what CAN be done.

so Today I say KUDOS for me for maintaining a 8 lb loss in 2010. I'm not looking back at what I regained again. I did better than I did wrong. So YIPEEEEE MEEEEE!

We can do this Spark Friends. We CAN.. I know many of you are maintaining and KUDOS!!! AND Thank YOU for inspiring me. For those of you who are still chipping at that wall and are not yet maintaining. WE CAN DO IT!!!! emoticon emoticon
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    hi love glad you are planning to blog more than every two weeks.but i disagree with you when you said your wall isnĀ“t as important as the berlin is well it is your wall and you should be the most important person to you.that is why in the english lanhguage the letter i as in I am doing something is always with a capital letter as I am important so are you.nebver forget matter what has happened in the past or what happens in future you are important and you are worth can do this love,you are not along,you have a strength inside you that saw you through the obuse,it will also seee you through this.have faith in you,i have faith in can do this emoticon
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    3534 days ago
    What a beautiful and reflective post! Your friends are lucky to have you write for them:)

    emoticon Way to go on your overall weight loss last year, and yippee for the huge momentum you've created this year already!!! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 2/16/2011 1:25:47 PM
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    This is a great blog. Thank you so much for sharing with us your thoughts. I know that I often look at what I have not accomplished instead of looking at my victories. The road to a healthier lifestyle, like life, is a journey with roadblocks, brick walls, dips, turns and hills. There is also beauty along the way, flowers, birds, the sun. The key is to keep on moving and to enjoy the view.
    You are doing great.
    Your fellow Sparker,
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    3534 days ago
    Love your analogy with the brick wall. I'm chipping away at my brick butt where I carry all my fat. Thanks for the brick wall image that I will now hold in my head. Every choice is a chance to break it down!
    3534 days ago
    This just reminded me of all the brick walls I have built in my own way to good health... I built them one brick at a time, and I will demolish them one brick at a time! Each good choice helps me move in the right direction.

    So glad you are recognizing the good things you've done in the past, and the great things you are doing now! Keep on keepin' on!
    3535 days ago
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    13 lbs down already in 2011? That is so fantastic! It sounds like you're on a real journey here- I look forward to reading more :)
    3535 days ago
    First of all, you page just makes me happy at the keyboard.

    It is easy for many of us to dwell on the negatives and minimize the positives. You should also pat yourself on the back for looking at your weight loss journey from a different angle. That deserves some embracing because those positive rewards are motivating both to you and for all of us who have been there or who are there.

    Even the mightiest wall will not forever endure. Starting with modest tools we can chip away until we can admire the view on the other side.
    3535 days ago
    My profile image at the beginning of this year was a "2011" breaking out of a brick wall. Your blog just described that image I had posted. I too am trying to look at what I have done versus what didn't happen last year! Kudos to you for celebrating your success!
    3535 days ago
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