Its a marathon not a sprint…

These are words that I really need to live by. It is not easy changing the way that you have lived for many many years and thinking that changes will happen overnight. Each day it is about choices and thinking through the choices. Do I have this? Why do I need to have this? Is there a feeling that I am trying to avoid and that is why I need this? It used to be you would make these decisions without even thinking about them. But now I have to think about everything. i do this because my previous way of living was not working for me. And the more I think about it the less likely I will be to make a choice that will not be good for me.

I have also realized that I am human and I will make mistakes and that I don’t need to beat myself up over it. I need to just get back up and try again. With each mistake I am getting closer and closer to the new me. Especially since I will keep getting up after I fail/ fall/blunder/eat/don’t walk etc. Something else that I have learned is that overweight people forget that there is more to them than just their weight. They think that they are the fat that they carry and that no one else sees them as anything but that. It is not the case. It has taken me a while to realize this but I have now. I am a woman who loves her family and friends. I am a woman who loves to take care of children and see their smiles everyday. I am a girl who loves nature and animals. I am strong in many ways. I am kind and compassionate. I am not the number on the scale.

I hope that more obese people can know this about themselves too. Because I believe that this is one of the great steps towards loving yourself and towards weight loss. I would like to end with a quote that my Dad shared with me. To fail means First Attempt In Learning. I know I may be attempting to learn on my journey but I will never stop learning and I will continue to get up each and every time. No matter what!

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