First I want to thank Carla for the opportunity to Guest Post!
She totally is her own Unapologetically Self Super Hero and I think that has finally rubbed off on me! Thank you!
This journey I am on has been long and will assuredly be a lifetime of learning, and that is ok because in the process I am learning about me and changing not just on the inside but on the outside as well, both need to transform to be truly successful.
Recently I put myself out there and asked for help in an endeavor I was trying to win. Asking for help was hard for me as I have always only relied on myself because I am independent and strong…so I thought.
Well what I realized after asking for help, putting my soul on display that I was not as strong as initially thought and that actually baring my weaknesses in reality made me stronger! This was a total contradiction in my old way of thinking.
This process was so awakening and empowering for me.
I realized I was indeed strong (and gaining strength internally and physically) and it is ok to allow your weaknesses to show and ask for help. THAT builds more strength than you can ever imagine.
Admitting you need the help, asking for it and accepting it. All different parts of this process and to finally get them all together in order is like a huge (no pun intended here) chip off my shoulders.
There is not just one way to reach a goal, no matter what that goal may be…weight loss…beginning a new job…starting your own business…starting a family…whatever the goal many will arrive.
How they arrive is as unique as the person.
It may take trying a hundred different routes before one that fits will work, but in the process of each failure we, as Thomas Edison said, find another way that will not work and we can cross that off our list of ideas.
For some of us (speaking of myself here) we seem to travel down those same paths looking for different scenery and outcome. The true definition of insane. I am finding my way back to sanity, back to what I know has worked and forever going to leave the roads that lead me astray.
I have found a few routes that work for me and in case you are wondering, my goal is to be fit, healthy and an acceptable weight. A side goal is that I inspire my family, in particular my husband to join me in this journey and to be a great role model for our children.
What has worked…more of a simplified “diet” of eating whole unprocessed foods, listening to my internal hunger cues and not obsessing over it. I know we need to move more…burn more calories, but a formal exercise program just does not work or fit into my life.
Instead by making a concerted effort to walk more, even if it is in place at the keyboard, when I am writing or working, setting up challenges with my kids on the Wii or making a power walk date with a friend, those things work for me.
Gliding across my kitchen floor as I clean it, or doing lunges during cooking or cleaning sessions, THIS works for me as well.
I may not fit a particular mold or profile of someone who wants and needs to lose a lot of weight, but mentally I have arrived…finally…it feels AWESOME!
I have a long road ahead of me to reach my goal, but I finally am mentally ready to enjoy this process and accept the roads to lead to success and alter those that do not.