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A New Beginning!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Yes, I know .. I already had a new beginning when I joined SparkPeople, but I'm going to have another one. Winter is over, spring is here and once again I am feeling motivated and excited to get back on the road to better health and greater happiness.

As I sit here munching on Kashi (it's 4:30 am. I'm having breakfast REALLY early!) and admiring the moon that makes it look like day outside; I'm thanking my lucky stars that I'm here.

It has been nearly 5 months since I joined on November 3rd last fall. I've lost a total of 32 pounds counting the 5 pounds I lost before I joined. (Ok, just a couple more Kashi and then I have to put the box away. Yum!) I get up eagerly in the morning (well, MOST of them), I still have energy in the afternoon (usually) Hey, we ALL have our days! and I choose healthy over non healthy 90% of the time. The last, of course, being the reason I DO feel so much better.

No telling where I'd be if I hadn't joined and it's best not to wonder ... I was on the road to disaster .. eating because I was depressed, or depressed because I was eating, not sure, doesn't matter anymore.

My daughter, Ashley, said to me the other day "Mom, I know why I got so discouraged" She was thinking about the 30 pounds she wants to lose, instead of thinking about the 5 she knows she CAN lose. 5 pounds at a time and before you know it 30 pounds are gone.

I wanted to be below 180 by now, but looking back, hey! 32 pounds in less than 6 months isn't all that bad. So life is good. I'm going to reevaluate my goals, think more positively about myself and what I'm capable of and just DO IT!

I think we all go through spurts of being on top of it all, feeling like we are going to stick to this like glue and then life hits us. As long as we don't let the glue get old and dried up we'll be ok, we can pull ourselves back up "by the bootstraps" as my grampy use to say and give it another whole hearted shot until that day we can once again look in the mirror and see that person looking back that we knew was there the whole time. That "skinny" person we hid in our "fear" and "self loathing".

Well, I say "Skinny person come forth!" I'm waiting for you, and summer is almost here!
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    This is a great post. I'm glad I came over to read it. 32 pounds is fantastic!

    5072 days ago
    You go girlfriend, I'll be there to join you as soon as I can.
    5084 days ago
    What a really great blog. Such an amazing outlook. I definately think we can have new beginnings more than once. I know that I'm going through a "new beginning" stage as well so it's nice to see that I'm not alone!
    5086 days ago
    Kel! Nice to see you again! And so full of vim and vigor (see how well I cleaned that up?). What you say is so true about having those ups and downs...there sure are lots more ups, aren't there?

    Thanks for checking in with me...yes, the sun has finally come out and all's well with the world. Rain comes back tomorrow, but it was a wonderful respite and rain will be okay. Old Dog is stable right now. We are lucky. She is now enjoying homemade food and thinks she is the queen with all the petting she is getting.

    Here's to success!
    5088 days ago
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