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Its All About Me

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.

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My WLS Journey Pause Button

You know that button on your remote control that looks like this sort of like this || – it’s the pause button, and sometimes, right in the middle of a show that you really want to watch, you have to hit because life has something else in mind for you.

WLSPauseI find the same is true of my weight loss journey. Every once in a while you’ll see me use the = sign, when I do that, it’s my way of saying two things at once, first, it’s my pause button, but I also see it as a reminder that I must find balance in things.

I like to envision that when I hit my WLS Journey pause button it’s just like the one on the remote control, in freezes the screen shot in place and lets me do what I need to do and then come back to it.

Often times what I need to do is re-evaluate and re-assess the situation and for me that is so much easier if I picture it frozen in my head. I find that often times when something happens in my life it sort of whirlwinds, when things go well they lead to other things going well and seem to just gain power and momentum, and when things go back, then tend to roll down hill and get really bad really fast.

When this happens I press my pause button, I step back, and I analyze it and that is a lot easier for me to do when it’s not moving in any direction.  Achieving this sort stillness isn’t always easy though, life doesn’t just stop when you want it too, but what I have found is that when I push that pause button it means that I have to take steps to help myself achieve that stillness. For me, that means walking away from my computer, taking time away from my blog, taking a break from all of my social media interactions and just focusing on me and whatever I need to figure out.

Most recently I had to do this because my friends and family came to me and let me know that I was letting my WLS Journey consume all of my extra time and that they needed me to realize there are other important aspects of life as well.  They really worried about me rushing off to Dallas in just a couple of weeks to start taking my Personal Trainer Course and doing a lot working out and traveling when I’m still wearing compression pants after my thigh lift, am barely two weeks back in the gym and still dealing with quite a bit of swelling if I spend too much time sitting at my desk.

My friends were right. I was so wrapped up in how exciting my journey was that I was making decisions I wasn’t ready for.

So I reschedule things, I moved them around, I made it so that I won’t be leaving OR until March when Heather and I head to Ohio and then Virginia and Washington DC. After we get back I will leave for Dallas in April to go do my course studies at the Cooper Institute and then I’ll get in my CA trip and hit Vegas on the way back to Portland before heading off to Atlanta for a week.

Sometime I think that my WLS Journey Pause Button is one of the most important tools I have in my WLS Journey and it is one that I have had to learn to utilize more and more often as my weight loss journey continues and I learn how to live life after the weight loss.

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