Monday, January 2, 2012

There is No Finish Line-The End is Just the Beginning


I'm reposting something I wrote in August 2010. It actually is good to revisit some of our old thoughts because this one is so real to me. I didn't reach the Finish Line in 2010, nor in 2011 because there isn't any Finish Line. How could I have forgotten this important little nugget of information.

The original post was partly plagiarized from a post by Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit  in March 2010. At that time, I had just started to lose weight and I wondered how it would be when I reached my goal, my finish line. 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 in 2012. 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”.

6 comments:

♫ Drazil ♪ said...

So true iMom. Love you!

Andrea said...

Thanks for the reminder!

Barbara said...

Amen. I believe in everything you wrote. Happy new year sweetie. It's going to be a great year.

Beth Ann said...

Perfect! That is so true. I always get confused when people ask me when I'm going to stop CrossFitting or Jazzercising. There is no end. <3 Happy New Year!!

MandaPanda said...

"Getting fit has no finish line." YES! I love this! My issue is the exercise...which is a big part of getting fit for me. I need to figure out a way to truly incorporate it into my lifestyle. Thanks for the reminder!

Perry Joyce said...

Losing weight =/= getting fit. Truer words were never spoken. I think I was a decent success with the losing weight part, but damn if I didn't fail the getting fit side. That's my new holy grail, and you're right - I'll never quite grab onto it, nor should I because it's always moving, but I will continue to search and try my best to enjoy the journey.

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