It’s your birthday, it’s your birthday!


Achieving goals feels amazing. But the best achieved goals seems to be the ones you really had to work to get. Do you feel as accomplished when it came easy?  I have been fighting my mind, body and time for a little over 7 weeks now.  I set realistic goals in week 3 of the 12 week Fit Mind Fit Body program.  Starting at 340 pounds, I know it is not realistic or healthy to be 150 by the end of a year.  My goal is 1 pound a week, with my ultimate goal of 180 pounds being 5 years away.  5 years!  That sounded like such a downer, but then I thought about how long it took me to get to this point.  I then thought about how quickly time flies.  I listed the goals and dates in my journal and how I felt about trying to reach them.  That is a mighty tall mountain to climb.  But I always go back to the lessons in week 1…motivate yourself daily.  In these first weeks, that has been hourly.  Losing weight and staying fit is not easy.  It is a constant battle.  I can now say the battle is getting a little easier.  I haven’t been down in weight in years. My body is still fighting me, but I am winning and I am doing it a little bit at the time. Not only that, this is the week of my birthday.  Now, you may not understand what that actually means but I am BIG on birthdays.  It is a time to reflect on another year past, be thankful of all that you have conquered/endured and look ahead towards making it through another year. This week I had family visit for the first time since starting the program.  I was a little nervous because my family normally eats out or if we have cooked in, we may not have made the best food choices.  You know those people that learn or do something new and all of a sudden whatever you are doing is not right? I am not trying to change anyone else, I am working on me. I would love all of my family and friends to be healthy, but each person is on their own timeline and journey. Lucky for me, I was able to keep all of the prior week’s lessons in mind.  I motivated myself, continued to weigh myself, ate slowly and mindfully, gave myself credit, and overcame emotional eating.  This year I turned 40 which is why I started this journey at all.  I was overweight but the extra weight had not caused health issues related to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or high cholesterol.  As I rounded the corner to 40, I didn’t want to take the good health I had for granted.  Everywhere you turn, people say it gets harder to get off weight after 40.  I often think about how long I waited before seeking a healthy lifestyle then I read an article on a yoga instructor who is 97. In that same article someone else didn’t start a healthy lifestyle until age 60.  Well now, that gave me a boost!  I am 20 years ahead of that.  Every year for my birthday, I go out to eat and scurry around town for the free appetizers, meals and desserts.  This year, I had lost a few pounds and didn’t want to ruin my progress.  I sought out fitness instead.  For my birthday this year, I gave myself the gift of an extra day of personal training. What? Am I crazy?  Why yes, I am.  And just crazy enough to believe I am on a path to a change that can affect the rest of my life. It’s my birthday, it’s my birthday! Feel free to follow my progress and comment what thing you may have changed or want to change in the name of a healthy lifestyle


Written by PurplePearls

About PurplePearls

PurplePearls started writing a transformation blog to chronicle her weight loss journey which began when she joined the Mindful Bodies 12 week Fit Mind Fit Body program. She shares her hopes, fears and experiences as she journeys to lose 160 pounds.
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