For the past few days, the Never Quit pledge has been making the rounds of blogs and I've seen it posted by several of my SP friends. Reading it brought to mind a few things I've learned in the past 18 months or so.
First of all, there is great power in being part of the SP community - being involved has helped so many times when I've simply been at the point of giving up. Before SP, I'd have quit and gone back to all my old habits and undone all the progress I've made. But with SP - logging in, reading articles, connecting with friends, being part of challenges (thank you, fellow
s), and even the seemingly silly things like obsessing over spark wheel points and earning trophies - all those have made a huge difference in being able to stick with this journey.
I've learned that I CAN do this, but I can't do it perfectly. I have days and even weeks sometimes when I don't eat right, don't exercise like I should, when I'm frustrated and ready to quit. But most important for me is just to show up and if nothing else, log in and spin the points wheel. Somehow that confirms for me that I'm still in the game and committed to losing the weight.
The way I look at weight loss and fitness has changed. I no longer see it as just a number on the scale. I've lost only 5 pounds or so in the last 6 months. I have 40 lbs yet to lose. In the past, that would have been enough reason to give up, but now I'm okay with it. I see it as part of the journey and know that there's no big hurry to reach my goal as long as I'm at least maintaining and not going back to the old habits. Whether I lose pounds or not, I know that I feel better and am healthier and stronger. I like myself better. I can take a break from trying to do everything perfectly and know that when the time is right, I'll get back to following all the "rules". Perfection is impossible - reality consists of ups and downs, failures and good days - and in accepting that reality is where success lies.
So, having said all that, I'm signing the pledge. Quitting is not an option. Thank you, SP, for helping me to realize that. I've lost almost 60 lbs and am thrilled with that, but the real progress for me is the way I see the journey.
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself,
To stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER.
Signed - Karen (NEVERORNOW) 4/27/12
Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge today/soon?
Let's all make this commitment!