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It’s all about me.

I know it sounds selfish, but let’s be honest. It’s the truth. I’m not the type of person to candy coat things and sugar coat it and make it sound better than it is, I’m just the type to call it like I see it, and the truth is, that right now, where I am in my life, it is all about me.

It’s been about someone else my whole life. Whether it was the Family I was trying to get along with, the guy I was trying to get to love me, or about the job I was doing to put food on the table, it was always about someone else, making someone else happy, and putting myself second, third or fourth on the wheel of importance.

Right now, life is about me, it is about what I want to do, what makes me happy, what my goals are and those that are in my life, realize that isn’t a selfish thing, it’s a necessary thing. Right now I have to do what I want to do, because if I don’t I am going to resent the hell out of anyone that gets in the way; that’s the truth of the matter.

Right now, whether it’s I want to weigh 150 lbs  I want to wear a size 7. I want to be famous.  I want to meet Chris Powell.  I want to be a personal trainer.  I want to run a half marathon. I want to buy a house. I want to go to Disneyland.  I want some new jeans, whatever it is, right now if I want it, and you are standing in the way of it or you try to talk me out of it, or you are not super supportive, then I want very little to do with you.

There are some of that will read what I am saying and understand it. There are other’s that will read it and judge me and think that I am one of those people who lost a bunch of weight and got a big head and a big ego and thinks too highly of them-self  That’s OK  The truth is, that I have never thought enough of myself to ever demand that I be a priority, not to anyone else, and most definitely not to myself.  Right now, I believe that I have made other people a priority for so long that I forget every once in a while it is okay to make things about what *I* need.

Just look at my travel schedule for the next few months. I’m off to Ohio to visit with HJ and her Family, and then I’m in DC for a week so that I might be able to do some stuff for the OAC. I am home for a week, then off to CA for nearly six weeks so that I can be there for an event that is very important to Tom, spend some quality time with him and do some work around his house for him. Then I am back in OR for a week before I head off to the Cooper Institute for my classes. I could have been at those classes a lot sooner than June, and the truth is, I wish I had been.  There is nothing I want more right now than to be back at Colin and Tora’s; to hold my niece for an hour or so in the evening before everyone settles down for the night; to take my nephew to the park and play baseball with him; to sit with Tora and feel that peace I have with her where no matter what I say she always understands it, and yet I postponed going there to make sure that I took care of what everyone else needed from me first.  I’m very excited about visiting with Heather’s Family, I’m happy to see Tom and spend some time with him, but more than anything I want to be in Dallas with my chosen Family, taking my classes, and getting ready to open the next chapter of my life.

There was a moment in my past where someone who I love deeply looked at me and said to me “I need this to be about me right now,” it was one of those moments where I thought, how selfish, and yet, I conceded. I realized at that moment, that what this person I loved so much was about to do was so scary for them, such a big step forward, such a huge leap of faith in us; that really, it wasn’t selfishness, it was fear. Now, I realize, that there are times, when what you are doing or about to do is so big and so important to you, that your world, your bubble, as I call it just needs to be about that.

That is where I am. My bubble has gotten smaller. My goals are more focused, more local. It’s taken me a few weeks of soul-searching and reflecting to figure it out, it’s taken me finding silence in both world and my mind, to get to these answers; but I have found them.

My Father told me that there were three ingredients to life’s happiness, my Mother, me, and the fact that he absolutely loved his job and enjoyed what he did. My Father set the precedent for how I wanted to be loved. He brought home gifts for no reason; took my Mom out to dinner once a week never missed a birthday, anniversary or day he should have bought a nice gift and brought home a card. He planned family trips, played sports with me, and always told me there was never anything I could do so wrong he could stop loving me. He taught me I was a Princess, and not in any sort of derogatory way.Right now, everything is about me, it is about what I want, what I need, and what I have to do to get there and the people who I am surrounding myself with are people who are as devoted to those things as I am.

He taught me that there is such a thing as a job that you want to get up for each day, look forward to doing, and enjoy, and I’ll tell you; there is a part of me that smiles at the realization as I am type this.  Most of my readers know, how connected I feel to my Father when I exercise, but most specifically; when I run.  These “talks” I have with my Father when I run, sometimes they are just exactly what I needed to figure out whatever perplexing situation life has thrown at me. How funny it is when you think about it really; my Father’s words to me lead me to Gastric Bypass, that lead me to exercise, which became so many things to me that I decided to make it a career as well. Seems no matter what, I’m always finding that these lessons my Father taught me end up being true in the end.

Right now it is all about me, about finding the ingredients to Life’s happiness; and that’s exactly where my perfectly imperfect self needs to be right now.


My Personal February Love Myself Challenge

photoI met a fellow blogger friend yesterday named Nicole, her website is Beauty and the Bypass and she is one of those people who I just know I’ll be friends with for years to come. Something about her just clicked. A lot of people have asked me how I know so early on that someone is going to be a huge part of my life. I always go back to a quote from an old Christian Slater movie, “I don’t make sense, you don’t make sense, together we make sense.” That is the best way I can describe the feeling I have had when I have met women like Tora, my chosen sister, Heather, Ashli, Joy, Rain, there is something about each of these women that resonated with me and the moment I met them it felt like I had known them for years. That’s how I felt yesterday with Nicole.

I’ve been going through a lot of emotional stuff lately. I’m not sure where it all came from, but I am defiantly realizing that even when you think you have your head on straight sometimes some emotions from your past can sneak up on you and really throw you for a loop.

A few women that I respect in the WLS community have pointed out to me in the last several days how astute I am when it comes to recognizing my feelings, understanding where my emotions are coming from and my ability to as I call it “own my baggage.”

184cf9ce6da911e2a98422000a9f1513_7When Nicole and I were having lunch the other day we were talking about why each one of us started our blogs, what our intentions were and what we were trying to accomplish and no surprise to me we found that what we had in common was that both of us wanted to help others through our stories and both of us felt that if we were able to do that for just a few readers, we’d be happy.

I think, that once again, someone else has helped give me the perspective I needed to see this. I’ve been very stressed out about so much stuff and what I really need to remember is that if it’s too stressful for me, then I have likely taken on too much and need to hit the brakes and see where I can relieve some of the emotional pressure.

For all of February I am not going to pressure myself to blog, I am going to write when I have something I want to say and I am going to spend a month committed to focusing on working on things that get me towards one of my three main goals this year. Become a Personal Trainer. Run a Half Marathon and become a new home owner.

Each day of the week I will do something that is working on one of these three goals. My challenge to myself for February is to love myself enough to make sure I am working on my goals each day. I’ll be following up and posting about my Desperately Seeking Slender February Challenge to do something to love yourself each day of the month. #WLSValenMine is the hash-tag I will be using.

Today, I start by creating this challenge. Not stressing out as I wait to hear from the mortgage broker about what comes next, and tonight in my bubble bath I will be looking up half marathon training programs and working out how I am going to go about this half marathon run I want to do. But I sort of have an idea in the works. I’ll let you know soon.


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