Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Whenever I read a fellow blogger’s journey, I am always so inspired by their noble motivations for changing their lives. The list usually includes avoiding health risks and disease, setting a healthy example for their children, or finally feeling worthy of self love.
Let me just be honest here. My initial reasons for starting Sparkpeople were 100% shallow. In a few weeks, I will be seeing my old high school sweetheart for the first time in 10 years at a mutual friend’s wedding. He was always handsome and skinny as a rail (6ft 5inches and 165lbs), so any weight gain he has experienced as of late would have only improved his appearance. Time has not been so kind to me, as I have gained 25lbs since the last time I saw him. I am in no way trying to rekindle our romance (I’m happily married and so is he, from what I understand). I just don’t want to look like a complete sloth when I see him again. Is that too much to ask???
Over the past couple of months I have experienced a surprising turn of events. In spite of my completely shallow motivations, I have actually grown to enjoy living a healthier lifestyle. I have taken a greater pride in myself than ever before. I relish the additional energy I have in the morning, and I have a spring in my step from feeling like I’m taking care of myself for the first time. I have also found that the more I cherish these internal motivators, the less I am concerned about what other people think of me, even my old flame. I look forward to maintaining these lifestyle changes well after the upcoming wedding. Spark on!