Monday, January 14, 2013

An obstacle I’m trying to overcome #boostyourblog

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The biggest obstacle I am trying to overcome right now is my obesity.  Obesity is such an awful word to me, but I am owning up to what I have done to my body over the past decade. I have made unhealthy decisions, became sedentary, and frankly, stopped caring after my divorce.

It's been almost 7 years since my divorce was finalized and that is when it started for me.  Before the divorce, I had started going to the local fitness center and exercising my butt off so when my husband came home from Operation Iraqi Freedom, that he would be surprised by a whole new looking me.  I was doing really good with my own Operation Surprise Justin, but then I tore my meniscus.  I would still watch what I was eating and was being really good!  Then, the news that the marriage was not lasting came, and I quit.  I quit mentally and physically.

So, back to the present.  I realized what I was doing to my body was basically making my lifespan shorter.  I like life, I love people, and I needed to make some decisions to love myself.

These are the rules that I have made and am following to make it an easier transition:

  1. Forgive myself for my short comings in this weight loss journey.  If I have a horrible day and eat too much, it does not mean that I need to give up, it just means that I need to do better in the future.   If the scale is mean on my weigh in day, it doesn't mean I am a failure, it just means that the scale is lying!  (Okay, truthfully, I know it isn't lying)
  2. Run!  Now running comes with a lot of failures when you are as big as I am, but each day I put on my running shoes, it is getting me one step closer to running a mile.  Running helps me burn calories faster and I enjoy that.  
  3. Depend on my support system.  I have a great support system at home, with my brothers, sisters, and parents, and also at work.  I have talked about  few "failures" with them and they are so supportive and they keep me going.  I am so thankful that I have people who I can talk to that won't make me feel bad about where I am at right now, but help me look at the future of where I can be.
  4. Don't eat everything I get.  I go out to eat at least once a week.  I have learned that restaurants could care less about how much they give me and it is up to me to put half of the portion away.  I have asked for a box before I am done eating because I know that I have the mentality to eat everything that was given to me.  If I put half away, I have a normal portion and I am not tempted to eat what is in the box.
  5. Last, but not least, give myself rewards.  When I get to goal one, I am going to get myself a facial.  When I arrive at goal two, I am going on a weekend trip.  When I arrive at goal three, I am getting a half day at the spa, and when I arrive at goal four, I am going somewhere I have never been before for an extended weekend trip.  
This is one huge obstacle, but I finally know that I can overcome it and get to a healthier, smaller me.
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