Time to Practice What I Preach

Thursday, March 24, 2011

So on the front of my spark page I have an introductory title. That introductory title is what sets the tone for reading info about me. My introductory title says "Love the Journey Not Just The Results". These are very powerful words to me because my goal of losing weight and adapting a healthy lifestyle is a journey. It is filled with highs and lows. Ups and downs. Moving two steps forward and maybe one step back. Through it all, the thing that I stress the most when commenting on people's blogs or offering words of encouragement is to love your own personal journey because even though we all have the same similar goal. We all take different routes to get there. Whether you have to climb through mountains or just stroll down the country side to get there. Make sure you embrace it and love it because it's your unique journey and will never be duplicated.

Recently, I have realized that I have been somewhat of a hypocrite. I have been preaching this but I am not living by it. Yes I am putting in the work but I am not truly enjoying the journey. I am not praising my accomplishments. Instead I am focusing on my short-comings. I am stressing about not hitting a certain amount of pounds in a week instead of celebrating what I have lost. I beat myself up for slipping and eating something I know I shouldn't have instead of realizing the positive and healthy habits I am developing everyday. Now is the time to stop, reflect and get back to enjoying my journey.

I hope that whatever each of you are going through. Whatever struggles you are facing, whatever set-backs you come across and whatever discouragement you have that you always enjoy your journey. No it is not an easy one but it is one that is healthier, happier and more fulfilling. I am making a vow to always remember this and to celebrate every hill, road and wall that I conquer. It may take me six months, a year or more to come to my destination but I am ok with that because I know that the reward at the end of this is well worth it.
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    Thank you for this very important reminder. I always focus on my shortcomings and never feel successful. I'm going to try and focus on the journey and not the end goal weight.
    3777 days ago
    Love this blog! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! emoticon
    3777 days ago
    This a great blog!

    Learn to love your journey because as you said it will be your journey and a journey that will stick with your forever!

    I am always getting myself discouraged, becasue of not doing something as quick as some other sparkers or eating badly on the weekend (4lb gain this month didnt help) and plateau's I cant seem to bust. but whatever you do, dont give up... because you are worth the effort day in and day out!

    Have a good week!
    3778 days ago
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    What a wonderful blog! Well said!!
    3778 days ago
  • ERIN4771
    it's funny...my husband made a comment to me that i am so quick to point out all my shortcomings, but never accentuate all the positives i have done...it's easier for me to give advice than take my own, i am trying to work on that, and admittedly, it's a struggle i think we can all relate to. i remember going thru yoga teacher training, and focusing on "it's the journey, not the destination"....maybe it's time i start reciting that mantra to myself as well!!
    great blog my friend!!! emoticon
    3778 days ago
    Well said...I also have to remember that my journey doesn't have a final destination. I'm on a lifetime journey of growth, discovery, better health and joy! Glad you are journeying with me my friend!

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    3778 days ago
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