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“Happiness is a choice.”

January 20, 2010

“I was lucky to have the right heroes. Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you how you’ll turn out to be. The qualities of the one you admire are the traits that you, with a little practice, can make your own,and that, if practiced, will become habit-forming.” – Warren Buffett

I finally came up with a resolution for 2010 – I’m giving up my vices. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop eating french fries or icecream. It means I’m going to stop beating myself up about it (after my bet with Ben). If I generally eat healthy, work out, etc… I can allow myself some treats every once in a while, right?

As noted in my “About Me” section, for the past 7 years, I’ve been obsessed with my weight and appearance. I’ve struggled with an eating disorder, self-loathing behavior, ups and downs with weight gain and overall health, etc. I can say that my negative feelings about myself have ended up making me more unhealthy and unhappy than anything else. It’s time to take a stand against  my past. I have to learn to let go of those feelings of inadequacy and shame. Until I can get over how I’ve felt about myself, and how others have made me feel, I’ll never be able to change.  I need to let go of all those negative feelings and start looking at myself with a new light. I can do this, I can be healthy, I am athletic, I am capable of doing whatever I want. I am the only one who can promote change and make the choices that will improve my quality of life.

Inspiration has been drawn from a few people- you could say they are my heroines. Their optimism is incredibly motivating.

Caitlin: “Happiness is a choice”

Faith: “Trust in yourself, love yourself for who you are and appreciate at least one little thing you’ve accomplished each day. Nourish yourself in mind, body, and spirit. Live, laugh, learn, and grow!”

Lynn: “Lynn + Laying Off = No You Won’t Gain 170 Pounds Overnight AND You’ll Feel Better The Rest of the Day and Tomorrow AND You’re No Longer Causing Irreparable Damage!”

Jenna:I don’t believe in diets at all. I just believe in eating healthy meals that make our bodies thrive. If you listen to your body and feed it when its hungry and let it rest when its tired I promise you there would be less weight issues.”

More on this tomorrow…

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