Today begins my journey of 1000 Miles. I have been wrestling with a number of things in my life that I want to improve, change, or get rid of. There are too many things that I could do better in my life to list or discuss here, but it is my hope that this journey will provide me opportunity to create the change in my life to help my ideal move closer to becoming my daily reality. I work with an admin at one of my buildings who says two phrases so often they have finally stuck with me. The first BVOS - Best Version Of Self. I do not feel like I am living up to that on a daily basis, thus my call for action beginning today. The second is E + R = O Event + Reaction = Outcome. We cannot control all of the events of our lives, but we can control our reactions. It is in how we reaction to circumstances that determine the outcome and the future path we travel.
My first significant challenge in my life has been getting healthy, especially my battle with my weight. I have struggled with feeling confident in myself for too long because I haven't felt comfortable with my weight. I have lost a lot of weight several times in my life going back to my sophomore year of high school but each time I put it back on and often more than I started. I have done many things to sabotage my efforts and failed to maintain a healthy weight. This has impacted other parts of my life, and I wrote a post about this called "They Called Me Fat." The impetus for this post was when my daughter came home upset that someone told her she was fat. I want to model healthy choices for her that don't emphasize weight but making good choices to be active, healthy and happy.
My journey of 1000 Miles started today with 3 miles on the treadmill 1.5 of those I ran, so I am 1.5 miles closer to my goal. But beyond the miles I need to make decisions in all aspects of life to help my journey lead to my desired reality. I have been on this journey before and realize there are a lot of milestones along the way. There will be triumphs and tribulations, celebrations and tears and so many opportunities to learn along the way. I am chronicling this journey for myself so I can keep reminding myself of why I took the first steps, why I say no to the donut, or play school with my daughter when I would rather plop down in the chair. I need this post and the ones to follow to help me stay the course and make meaningful progress to become the BVOS!