I challenge you!

Posted by gum232 on June 13th, 2011 |Filed Under ME | 1 Comment

Life is so busy.  It’s been a little hard to focus on myself but I am trying.  Kids are out of school and going here and there and yonder!  I still take my food with me everywhere that I can and make the best choices out when necessary.  I am working towards 80 pounds!  I hope to see it before the end of June.  If I can stay focused and increase physical activity it is possible to reach 100 pounds by the end of July!  Wow!  Wouldn’t that just be amazing??  I’m roughly averaging about 20 pounds a month.  That is really exciting but yet so unreal and hard to believe all at the same time.  Just a few months ago I was wearing size 28 and some 30s.  Now I am wearing comfortably 24s and some 22s!  I am even in a 22 bathing suit!  And you know how bathing suits typically run small….  I went to the pool with my youngest daughter the other day and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel like the biggest person there.  That was a good feeling. An even better feeling is how I look and feel with a good tan!  *Note: I use coconut oil to sunbathe – produces an amazing bronzed tan.

I want to get your opinion and thoughts about something.  I challenge you!

How can you, or do you, approach someone with obvious weight issues to outreach a genuine caring hand?  I am trying through this blog to reach out and encourage someone else with weight problems.  Am I helping anyone?  Can I help anyone?  Can I make a difference in one person’s life to plant the seed of healthy living? How would you feel if someone, a total stranger, came to you and hugged you, offering heartfelt compassion?  I wonder if someone had done that to me in my past how I would have reacted?  Would I have been touched? Would I have been moved enough to try to make the appropriate changes? Or would I have been offended and hurt?  Either way I think the seed would be planted!  The thought would be in that person’s mind, hopefully repeating, hopefully sinking in deep, hopefully to cause an awakening in their desire, their deep down desire and knowledge that they need to make a change for the better.  Maybe it would lead them into action, they’d make healthier choices, they’d make goals and reach them, they’d become happier and in the long run, unbeknownst to you, would live a longer healthier life, just because you took time and made an effort to be positive and encouraging.  It’s kind of like the movie, Pay it Forward-that you could wind up making a life-changing decision in someone’s existance and not really ever see the outcome but be thanked and appreciated as a total stranger, their “turning point.”

I think through trying to live and be an example to others through physically improving what your body looks like on the outside, that your health, mentally and emotionally, on the inside, will stuggle through the healing process to become a more complete you, or the me that I always knew I wanted to be.  To lose weight, by my experiences in the past, and smacking me in the face daily lately, is an act of being selfish.  Society teaches us to be caring and concerned yet tolerant of peoples faults. Is that the smartest way to exist?  We always think of others and their feelings, how things affect them and do not put ourselves in the forefront anymore.  It’s hard to be selfish when it’s not how you were raised or what is normally accepted in society.  The only way to lose weight is to have the attitude and believe that you are worth the effort, woth the time, worth the struggles, worth all the obstacles and hurdles that are in your path to become healthy.  You have to want this for yourself.  You have to ask for help and encouragement from your friends, family and coworkers.  If they love you, your personal support system should be great and if not you need to find those people in your life that will be your personal cheerleaders.  Everyone needs positive reinforcement and apprecriates help that we are usually not going to ask for. 

My road ahead is still a long journey considering that I’m not even half way there…YET!  I am going to be successful and change my life forever.  I ask for your continued support and would like to challenge you to encourage someone every day to make wiser and healthier choices.  You have to want to do it for yourself.  You can be the person to make a difference in someone else’s life.  I hope that I am making a difference and intend to keep striving towards my goals.  I AM DOING IT FOR ME!

BTW- A bit nervous… why you ask?!? Well, I told myself when I got under 300 pounds (NEVER TO RETURN!) that I would treat my body.  I have a hydrolyzing body soak and an hour Swedish massage scheduled!  Never have I done anything like this, but you know what?  I deserve it!


1 Comment so far

  1. Irene on June 14, 2011 1:58 am

    You do deserve it!!! Heather you are doing an excellent job with taking care of yourself!! So awesome!!!

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