Food for thought: motivation, dedication and kindness. Week 2 at Hilton Head Health
It's when you can't imagine yourself where you currently are that the magic and wonder of it all falls into place. A year ago I was sitting at my desk stressed and rushing, emotionally eating yet trying to wrap up a lot of work before the holiday weekend and frustrated about it all. It was so much more than that. It wasn't just a day at work that ran too long and took too much from me. It was a series of moments and those kind of days that I didn't even realize drove me to feeling I wanted a quality of life change and to live a healthier life. For being so happy and already on the journey of discovery and freedom that I was on at that current time, I was also so stressed and unhealthy. I didn't think about what I ate. I just ate it. My body hurt. I would never let on that it did but it did. A lot. I always made time for lots of things after work mostly food, events and friends but making time for my body, health, and wellness wasn't in my schedule. I was burned out and it all was catching up to me and that day at the office was a "never again" moment and I had hoped it would someday be true.
And now I'm here. It came true. A year later, I never would have known I would be (that's the best part about it all is that we never know where we're going to end up even though we want to so bad) but I'm so thankful I'm here, right now, as I am. Such gratitude. Week two was a reminder of that. A reminder of the path I was on and the reassurance of the path I'm on now. A reminder that I am doing it. I'm here and this is real. This past week was a practice of motivation, dedication and kindness. Especially kindness towards myself.
Here's some reflections on week 2:
Gratitude changes everything. Start each day with a grateful heart.
Time is flying and time matters. Each day is valuable. Cherish it.
This week was a lot harder than week one but also a lot easier. How can it be both? It was harder because I knew what was coming. I had experienced week one blindly, going slowly just to make it through all the initial activities without knowing the actual challenge ahead, the strength needed and the rewards the followed. It was better- because of all of the things that made it harder but also, because I wanted to show up, do the work and be better. To show up and want to be better in my body is a new revelation that has been so rewarding to experience and learn.
Improvement comes with time and practice. Even if you think your body won't improve, it will. Each day it gets strong and better if you're working on it. It's amazing to how such a short amount of time can give such amazing results in that.
Keep going, even when you think it's hard. Don't give up because of a mistake, or something didn't go perfect, or you ate a certain way. Don't self sabotage.
The non scale victories are more satisfying than the weekly weigh ins.
It's OK to take time for you. To rest, nap, to honor your body and not push yourself. Don't feel guilty or bad about taking that time. It's needed.
Doing things that make you feel good physically are much more fulfilling than things that don't and burn calories. Choose the movement that makes you feel happy, strong and confident. For years I just went to the gym and rode the elliptical. Over and over. I was so bored. I felt like it was a chore. There's so much more out there I was missing out on, there's so much more out there.
You're doing the best you can and it's better than you think.
Afternoon beach walks are a wonderful way to end the day. Breathe in the sea air and pause. It is worth soaking in.
Calories don't have to be paralyzing but just part of the picture.
Awareness is everything.
Kindness starts with ourselves. It's then amazing to see it spread to others.
Take a new class, especially if you have that flutter in your stomach of uncertainty.
Sweating feels good.
Focus on what you can do instead of what you can't.
We are all on different paths. Honor the parts of the journey we're on differently and meet people were they're at.
Meditation creates mindfulness.
Don't let someone else's insecurities be a mirror for yours.
There is strength in the uncomfortable moments.
It's hard to sometimes be supported by others and ask for help but OK to lean on them.
Go your own way and tune out the noise. Focus on your journey.
People often see things you don't see in yourself or haven't seen in a while. Listen to them when they remind you.
There is so much more to do but don't forget to reflect on all that you've done.
Be proud of yourself.
There are such special people here. Staff, group members, other guests. Smile at them and know they're feeling something you've felt before. There's a common ground here.
It's so much more than weight loss. It's about strength, power, flexibility and movement.
It's for you and you alone.
Keep moving, keep going, keep growing.
Week two was a lot of reflection a lot of celebration and a lot of challenges but every single day here has had a lesson. Amazing ones. Soul shaking ones. Life changing ones. Here's to more lessons, more challenges and celebrations and many more grateful days.
Grateful for you today and every day,