Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Just Do It

Thanks for all the good advice! I am always impressed by and drawn to people who exude confidence, whether they are smaller or larger than me. But I've always wondered how the people who are my size or bigger do it. I need to figure out a way to find that confidence within myself. And I guess that's the key - I'm going to find it within myself, not by looking in the mirror. Some days I might like what I see and some days I might not, but I need to be able to close my eyes when my head hits the pillow at night and know that I have value and that I'm an attractive person - inside and out. Here's to wishing me luck on that journey. I'm sure I'll be talking about it more as time goes on.

I had talked about going to the gym today and reading for school while I was on the bike to a friend of mine last night. When I woke up late today I had enough time to the gym before class, but I was going to blow it off. I just didn't feel like it. Then I read my emails and I found one titled "Just Do It" from my friend from last night. I have recently been sharing some of my feelings from my weight loss journey with her. I'm not going to bore you with the beginning of the email, here's the key part ...

"...And just in case you need some encouragement to read on the bike ... As our esteemed brand Nike would say, "just do it." Hopefully that didn't fall into the category of annoying encouragement, just thinkin about you."

My initial gut reaction was, damn, my instincts were right, I shouldn't have shared my weight loss goals with her. Now I have to be accountable to someone else! I don't think I have ever really gotten encouragement to work out before, so I wasn't sure how to react. Then I started to think about it and realized how great it was that she took the risk and emailed me. And I started to think about how well being accountable to Weight Watchers each week is working for me. It turned out that I really needed a push this morning and her email showed me that someone cared about my goals and was listening to me. I ended up going to the gym, and I was happy that I did. I also made a point to thank her when I saw her in class today. Maybe confiding in some of my friends about my weight loss goals isn't such a bad thing after all.

3 comments:

KL said...

I think you're totally right! I've lost weight before, but the thing that's the most different for me this time is that I'm blabbing it to anyone who'll listen. Even if they're not actually encouraging me with their words, just knowing that they know encourages me.

Lily T said...

Most of the time it turns out well. There were these co-workers that use to give me tips about vegetables. I was glad I told them. Sometimes I regret it, especially with family. Their idea of helping is to make my food choices for me. But all in all, I’m glad that I’m open to the world about trying to loss weight. I sometimes feel its taboo to be on a diet, and I hide my efforts as if I was doing something wrong. The more I open up about my efforts the more free I feel to accomplish my goals.

csmc said...

Hi! Found your blog through Julie's. Congrats on your weight loss this week - how fabulous!