So this is a required blog for the challenge that I'm currently involved in with a team that I'm on. I've never written a blog on this topic but maybe it's a good time to start. Just a time to reflect on what I've learned on my journey so far.
1. I feel so much better after I work out. I may put on my sports bra, shorts and heartrate monitor kicking and screaming but nothing feels better then when I'm working out, sweat pouring down my face and then when it's finished and I can relax. I have energy and I feel good about what I've accomplished. I wish I could bottle up that feeling! I wish I could remember how great I feel after I work out to try and motivate me on those days when I don't want to get my arse moving. (reminder to self: come back and read this on the days you don't want to move!!)
2. Do something you love! I recently started tap dancing again and was scared out of my mind, I used to be good at it (when I was 11) but how about now when I'm 31?? Needless to say I started up this summer and have already moved up two levels and get compliments on my dancing from my fellow dancers and the instructors. Talk about a boost to my confidence and self esteem which is typically very low. If I had never tried again though I would have never found a group that I feel comfortable with, get in great excercise twice a week and find my passion again. Sometimes you just have to leap into the unknown!
3. I can accomplish anything I put my mind to-yes those damn Jillian shred workouts are, dare I say it, getting easier for me and an hour tap class flies by.
4. Weight will always be a lifelong struggle for me- I'm at a dreaded plateau now and it really stinks but I keep plugging away. Weight will always be a struggle for me, I will always need to work out, I will always need to watch what I eat. It will be my lifestyle from now on, not a "diet" because I will never be naturally thin. Those are the cards that have been dealt to me, and I'm ok with that.
5. I lean on my Sparkfriends more than they will ever know- I may not be around a lot, I may not reply to your board posts or blogs but I'm here. I need you to push me, to motivate me and to be my cheerleader. Thank you for your friendship and support. I can't do it without you.
6. Quit relying on the scale-it moves too much!
and as someone told me "You are so much more than a number". Thank you friend for telling me that, it's true but I never believed it until now.
7. I'm competitive-it's in my nature. I now love being on team challenges (this is my first one) and find that it really motivates me to work out because I have to answer to others besides myself. I'll be participating in more group challenges because it's good for me, and because I like to win
I'm sure I've learned way more than this. I've learned that my journey will never be over, I've learned that my 31 year old body doesn't bounce back like my 21 year old body did (and thats ok too!), and that my life would be incomplete without SP in it. Thank you for your love, support and friendship.