Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Full Heart.

Tonight I found a contest on the Bobbi Brown website (see previous posted). It’s  for her Pretty Powerful campaign. Unfortunately the contest opened on August 1st and ends on the 18th of this month. The person in the lead for my state has over 3000 votes. At this point I’m not sure that I would get quite that many, and the first place person is chosen based on the number of votes.
However, although a win would be amazing, that’s not my primary motivation for entering this contest. I thought it would be a great way to get my story out there a little more. Honestly winning would have been HUGE for sharing my story, but I think that this might help too.

Why do I want to share my story?

I want to serve as inspiration for someone else. I want them to realize that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I want them to know that they have the strength inside them to accomplish their goals. It’s hard to find sometimes. There are days that I still struggle to gather motivation for a workout, or I fight urges to eat junk food (still can’t keep it around, or I eat it).

My story is specifically about weight loss and getting healthy. I think that the idea of being able to change yourself can be applied to many situations. I think that I could tell my story in a way that could inspire and motivate people with other issues.

I want people to know they’re not alone. You’re not the only fat person. You’re not the only out of shape person. You’re not the only one who knows they should choose the healthy dinner but the temptation of a steaming, gooey pizza is too strong to resist.

I want people to know that there is at least one other person in the world who has been there. There is at least one other person cheering them on; encouraging them; wanting to fight their fight with them.

I want to use my new found love for health and fitness in a way that I can mix it with my career as a social worker. I eventually hope to open a private practice where I can not only help with mental health issues but also with physical health. This will require some more training on my part… I want to get my personal training certification. I also want to take some nutrition courses. I want to do these things to further my own knowledge and to benefit me in the future. This comes from the desire within me to share this amazing feeling with others.

Why is my heart so full?

I only signed up for the contest a few hours ago and already my facebook page and my sparkpage have been commented on by friends and family… They’ve voted. They’ve shared my link. They’ve said some wonderful things about me… The things that I don’t think about myself on a daily basis. Their kind words are such an awesome reminder of where I’ve been and where I will continue to go.

It was so touching to see what people have to say about me. Honestly I got a little teary reading some of what was said.

My family: You are amazing. I cannot imagine, nor do I want to, what my life may have been like had I not been placed for adoption. I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world…

My friends: You are nothing less than amazing. Whether we’re super close friends, we used to be close friends and drifted, we were once roommates, we worked together for a while, we work together now, or we are new friends… The little things you say really do mean so much.

It isn’t just tonight or the comments about this contest; sharing the link….It’s been a constant factor throughout this journey.

All of the encouragement along the way has been such a huge factor in keeping me motivated. There are times I haven’t wanted to workout but I’ve read comments and that was enough to make me do it.

As I sit here tonight, my heart really is full… Full of happiness that my family and friends have brought into my life.

I know this was kind of a corny blog post, buuuuut…. :)


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