Have you ever heard the term marking time? It is a military term for marching in place. I learned the term in marching band, where our director would yell “Mark time, mark”! In order and precision, every foot would lift and lower, left, right, left, right and sometimes we would be there marking time for what seemed like 30 minutes. I, too, have been marking time in the last few months. I started a temporary 4-month job that was indeed more stressful. At my job, we have an opportunity to do these 4 month rotational assignments and come back to our permanent job after completion. This gives us a chance to try out something new and build our resume. In the time since my last post, I have been maintaining. I have not lost but I have not gained. This is a win-win for me. I have kept up with exercise and eating proper portions which has allowed me to maintain a 50-pound weight loss for more than a year. I am almost 15 pounds behind my goal of 25 pounds for this year. By not losing, I am seeing that goal slip further away. There are a few things that happened in this time that will catapult me back into my goal mindset. First, I lost a dear friend that I have known since I was 12. There is nothing like death to make you think of your own mortality. The next week my brother and his family lost their home and pets in a house fire. There is nothing like loss to remind you of all you have of how grateful you should stay. I traveled by plane and had to ask for a seatbelt extender. One of my original reasons for losing weight was because I love to travel and realized I hadn’t flown as much because the seat and belt were getting uncomfortable. Through a little self-searching in the Fit Mind Fit Body class, I also realize I was embarrassed to ask for a seatbelt extender. Thus, part of the reason I wasn’t flying as much. I still traveled so the subtle change never occurred to me that weight may be holding me back from farther destinations. I was on top of the world losing and maintaining the 50 pounds. Recently getting on the plane and still being just shy of fastening that seatbelt reminded me that the first 50 was only the beginning of my journey. My total goal is to lose 150 pounds. Lastly, I encountered a rude comment. I have always loved my body at all shapes and stages. This journey towards better health, better fitness and yes, a more tone, slim body is only one part of getting to the best me I can be. For all the trials and triumphs, the comment was a stark reminder that not everyone is so impressed with all the hard work and dedication I have exerted to be where I am today. So, screw them! I am fabulous! I always have been but just know, it was the appropriately placed kick in the butt that puts me in that I-will-show-you mode. I have been marking time…now let’s press forward. Feel free to follow my progress and take that step forward from anything where you have been marking time in your own life.
Written by Purple Pearls