Man in the Mirror

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard familiar lyrics by Michael Jackson. “I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life. It’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right.” At first, it was just a familiar song. I sang along, here comes the chorus “I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways”. Then it dawned on me how true those lyrics ring for me at this time in my life. I had to take time to reflect and when I started this weight management journey, it caused me to take a look at myself. My weight over the years has nothing to do with anyone but me. Finding the tools to help me get to and maintain a healthy weight has been a major part of the process.

Around the beginning of week 3 in the program, Shawnta Wright of Mindful Bodies issued a video challenge. We were challenged to spell a word using a list of exercises that were associated with each letter of the alphabet. I never did a video challenge, but I was game. I looked at every exercise I felt I could do, then tried to piece together a word. That didn’t work! I didn’t feel like I could do many of the exercises listed. None of the letters I chose spelled a real word. I ended up spelling HAPPY which included V-ups, squats, 2 sets of jumping jacks and squat jumps. Yes, I was stuffed in my newly purchased yoga pants and gasping for air, but I did it.

At the end of week 4 of the program, I went on a mini vacation to Myrtle Beach. As I was packing, one of my first thoughts was to pack workout clothes and see what type of fitness facility was located there. This shocked me! I mean, it was one of my FIRST thoughts. I was proud that it was sinking in. I gave myself credit for that even being a leading thought. A second video challenge was issued that week. I spelled MYRTLE which consisted of hip bridges, squat jumps, high knees, crunches, push-ups and sit ups…on vacation people. When I tell you I was never that girl, this is a major change in the thought. I have to admit I didn’t eat the best or follow all the rules but I did incorporate more walking, working out for 30 minutes each day and the video challenge. Final assessment on the scales: I maintained, nothing loss but nothing gained. That is a win in my book. I continue to sing “that’s why I want you to know, I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways”. Feel free to follow my progress and comment on your own experiences.

Written by PurplePearls

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