Sunday, August 29, 2010

There is No Finish Line

Today I plagiarize a post that I have been thinking about since Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit posted it way back in March. At that time, I had just started to lose weight and I wondered how it would be when I reached my goal. But a funny thing happened on the way down. I realized that there is no end. There is no Finish Line. His post had such an impact on me at the time that I couldn’t say it any better. Thus the cut and paste from his blog.
  • This journey is not about a number. It’s bigger than that. More important than that. The changes I’ve made since I began this trek… eating less, eating healthier, exercising more… have changed my life for the better, regardless of whether that number is 191, 199 or 210. There’s nothing magical about any one number… the real magic is in reclaiming your body and your health.
  • “Losing weight” and “getting fit” aren’t necessarily the same thing. Maybe the two are interconnected early in the game, but “losing weight” is a Point A to Point B kind of deal; “getting fit” has no finish line. It’s the pursuit of a lifetime.
  • The end is just the beginning. That’s what has tripped me up in the past. Being done. Being finished. Slipping back into my old bad habits as if they were a pair of flannel pajama pants. You see, I’ve lost weight before only to forget what got me there, forget that chips and beer pack a high-calorie punch, basically just forget myself.
As I get closer and closer to that magic number that we call a “goal”, I see it doesn’t really matter if I get there by Christmas or next summer. There is no award, no trophy, no crown, no ribbon proclaiming I have lost XX pounds. My body will decide the weight I stabilize at and the band will keep me at that weight and not yo-yo up as in the past. This whole process is about gaining my health and living a longer active life because…

“The End is Just the Beginning”.

15 comments:

Andrew said...

Here Here...well said.

Bianca J said...

Great post.

Barbara said...

OH my sweet little chicka.. you are so so right..... I think we have tortured ourselves enough with setting WL goals, either by lbs. lost or date we needed to get thin by... That was was the old days.. bring on the new!
Counting down the days till CHI!
Who is your roomie? You probably know I have me sweet CindyLew (you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE her)..she will bring virtual cupcakes and tootsie rolls for all of us!

Jacquie said...

Amen and great post!

Amy said...

I am bookmarking this under "Great Words, Not Mine" on my site, because it is so true, well-said, and something that everyone, including me, should read until it really sinks in! :)

Gilly said...

What a great post! Thanks Sandy :)

Dinnerland said...

loved the picture post!!! looking terif.

Cindylew said...

Great post tootsie pop (yes, I changed it up a little)...I couldn't agree with you more. I think this mentality might be reserved for us mature chickas who have all done this before.
Can't wait to give you a hug in Chi town.

-Grace- said...

Great post!

Kristin said...

Great observations here.

Bonnie said...

Very true.

Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for posting. This is something we all need to remember!

DB said...

Love this post. Thank you for sharing-it definitely helps me remeber what is important.

Jess said...

I remember reading this on Jack's blog and thinking it was just another of his good posts but yeah, getting closer to my "goal weight", it really, really resonates. I'm totally with ya Sand.

Michelle said...

Well said. Something to deffinitly think about.

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