How many times have I told myself, "This time it will be different." How many times have I started, only to slip into patterns that have happened before. How many times have I promised that this was the last summer that I was going let my skin chafe, or that it was the last time that I bought a larger size or... well, you get the picture.
It's happened all too often. Are you the same? Have you started, meaning well, then lost your focus? Then maybe we can make this journey together.
I figured if I didn't put this out here, then I wasn't going to do it. As an author, I can hide behind the computer screen and I can be whoever I want to be; but how authentic is that? More importantly, where's the real connection, where's the teamwork and the camaraderie?
I'd joined a few Facebook groups and teams, but somehow we all seemed to fizzle out. Oh, the intentions were good; post what you ate, post your daily activity, finish this challenge, but somehow it wasn't enough. It kept me interested, but not motivated—especially when there were times it seemed I was carrying the gang, and it wasn't even my group!
Having said that, I did find it through the media, in a couple of places with which I never even dreamed I'd ever be associated. Why? Because they're running groups, and I'm anything but a runner! Now, this may sound insulting, and I certainly don't mean it that way, but a few months ago I watched a film, "From Fat to Finish Line." I was mesmerized. They weren't tall skinny athletes. They were humans, of all shapes and sizes. They were like me.
I was hungry (ha, see what I did there), I wanted more. I found their Facebook group, and was admitted. My questions were not treated as something I should know already (something that happened when I approached one of my local gyms about their classes and services), nor was I met by judgement because they'd done it already. No, my questions were honestly answered, and there were genuine and warm offers of support and motivation.
Now, I'm still not sure that I can do this. However, anyone who knows me knows that I hate to let people down. I bend over backwards to make sure that I've given the best of myself. So, here I am, cap in hand, coming to you. Be my cheerleaders. Let me vent to you through this blog when I'm having a bad day. Celebrate with me when I hit a milestone, even if it's just going an extra 100 steps, or eating a salad when I really wanted onion rings.
I'll tell you more about who I am and the rest of my journey in due course, and I'll eventually link this page to my parent site, so you can get glimpses into my knitting, my yarn addiction, my pottery, and other aspects of my life. For now, though, hello, and welcome. Maybe together we can do this thing, yes?