Hey hey! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It’s Motivational Monday today, and as I was thinking about something motivational today, I came across a meme posted by one of my Facebook friends that I thought was perfect.
I honestly don’t spend much time on the computer on the weekends other than to maybe look up a recipe of directions somewhere, but occasionally, I use the time to catch up and read posts from the other blogs that I follow. One of the blogs that I find most inspiring is mydiabetesandme. I don’t have diabetes, but Shannon’s story inspires me to keep moving forward and to not give up doing the right thing for my body. In a lot of ways, I feel her story mirrors mine, as far as the emotional aspect of food.
I read a few of her past entries this weekend, and I was inspired. Her story is one of triumph, and love reading about her love affair with Adam Levine, learning to dance (and love it), and seeing how far she’s come. Now, I don’t know Shannon personally, but as when reading blogs about personal journeys, I feel like I do. She could have been me. Struggling, unhappy, not knowing the best way to feed my body for my needs.
I read about her journey and where she is now, mentally, and physically, and I want to be her. She is my hero, an everywoman who has been there, done that, and is now holding the torch for the rest of us. I’m sure she’ll probably laugh as I’m extolling her virtues as if I’m nominating her for sainthood. And maybe I am in a way.
You see, I saw the above meme on Facebook this morning, and I did not immediately think of me, and how I would want others to see me. I thought about her first, and thought, “she is my inspiration”. And one day, I hope to be able to carry the torch for others, and they can say the same of me. One day, people will see my story and be inspired to change their lives.
Deciding to change your life and put your health and fitness first is daunting. We are plagued by self doubt and our own negative nancys. But every day, we have a choice. I have a choice to eat my kid’s leftovers, or eat that chocolate, or fritter away my morning doing nothing. Every day, I have the choice to do the right thing for myself. And on the days when I feel my resolve falter, I have to ask myself what am I going to have to show for myself at the end of the week?
I decided on sharing my journey to health and fitness through this blog, making it public, because what better way to stay on track than to have an audience? It’s my accountability, you are my support. I know people are reading, and I can’t talk about the best parts of my journey without talking about the pitfalls, the hard times, and the temptations. I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way about certain things related to food and fitness!
This is not just about losing weight; it’s the personal growth, the motivation, and the inspiration I find along the way. It’s learning to love myself, from the inside out. It’s finding simple pleasures that keep me going through a workout or a run. It’s making delicious food that fuels my body in the right way. And yes, it’s reading the other’s transformation journeys and how the number on the scale is not the endstate, it’s just the beginning.
What’s your inspiration? Who, or what, keeps you going? Do you hope that one day someone will see your words and be inspired by them? I do. Every day.