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Sunday, July 31, 2011

I've found that summer time as an adult doesn't hold quite the same allure as it did in my youth. I grew up on the beaches of San Diego and summers were...okay, go ahead, let your imagination run wild and...yep, there ya have it.

Four kids and a lifetime later I still live near a beach, but today I live in the South and the beach is the Gulf of Mexico which means, no surfing here.

School begins in one week which is very early in August. Summer is about done for all intents and purposes, at least the fun in the sun intents and purposes.

I've learned a lot this summer about myself.

I did not lose all the weight I wanted to lose, I did not track all the things I wanted to track, I did not get in all the exercise I thought I would, but I've grown very comfortable in my own skin. I've learned to love and appreciate me, right now, right here, just as I am.

I'm not really sure exactly how or when that happened. Maybe it's part of getting a tad bit older.

I've given myself permission to just be....me.

I'm still working out, eating healthy (mostly), and I still have goals of course. Two of my goals are to be more consistent in every area of my life and to get the extra pounds off.

I now feel like a complete person who needs to lose weight and not a complete mess because I need to lose weight.

I hear a saying a lot on Sparkpeople about "progress not perfection" and I love that. I found something here at Sparkpeople. I found I'm free to be me.

I love all of the support and encouragement of my Spark friends.

Though I have not been active here for a few weeks I've kept all of you who've kept track of me on my mind. I know you all are making progress also. So, I'm raising my freshly squeezed juice glass up to all of us and celebrating our inner beauty and strength and our outward achievements as well. Here's to our continued successes and great overall health!! And of course, To Freedom!
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  • BEATRIZ269
    Here Here T!

    Thank you for a very eloquent blog. Here I have learned not to get caught in negative cycles in my head and get right back to a positive direction even when I haven't made the healthiest choices. Somehow, the euphoria I get with tracking and sharing doesn't always guarantee good decisions but I still believe in my goal and that here is the help to make it happen. One day at a time.

    Bea

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  • TMW54812
    I am happy to hear you are in a good place and continuing this journey to good health and fitness....you certainly are making progress!
    3552 days ago
  • NEWMAC2011
    That's great & very important as you continue on your journey. I've been thinking of you so I'm happy to read this and see that you're doing so well. This is definitely NOT about perfection!
    3552 days ago
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    Great blog. Stay balanced and stay healthy.
    3552 days ago
  • IONA72
    What a great blog, so happy to hear you are content.
    3553 days ago
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