Friday, March 26, 2010

Motivation and gratitude....

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ---Marianne Williamson (Thanks Andrea)

I saw this quote this morning and it really struck me how little most of us realize our ability to impact others, myself included. I received what I consider an amazing compliment this week. My blog was shared with someone who was/is struggling to keep moving forward with their own weight loss and they were pointed to the blog for motivation. At first that shocked and confused me. I certainly don't feel like I have this figured out anywhere near enough to be held up as a model. I still feel like a baby learning to crawl in all this. But as I processed it I slowly felt humbled and grateful to those who pushed me to start sharing my story. 

I didn't start this blog with any mission, I wasn't looking to become a role model, to motivate others or to do much more than find an outlet for my thoughts and feelings about this part of my life and to have a place to share my accomplishments. However, it has slowly become much more.

I receive the nicest notes daily from people who I didn't even know were reading and are finding pieces of their own struggles in my posts. They are usually writing to thank me or to tell me about the similarities, and I know they are writing for their own benefit, but in the end I hope each of you reading my ramblings know that you are what keeps me going when I am ready to throw in the towel, that you are part of my accountability and my strength and that I am really appreciative that you take the time to keep reading. 

You all motivate me far more than I could ever motivate someone else.


  1. "Because I'm bigger than my body gives me credit for." - John Mayer

    Sister, you are impactful on the world. Know that.


  2. Hey Pam,
    Again, thank you so much for putting yourself out there and sharing your story. Reading your daily blog has been such an inspiration. I used to have the "I can do it" and "it is not an option" attitude, but somehow I lost it over the last few months. I gave up on myself. But after reading your story I have found a new motivation and a reason for believing in myself. It helps to know that I am not on this journey alone. Thank you for showing me that we all have the inner stength to reach our goals, no matter how difficult they seem to be to achieve. We can do this!!!! I have had people give up on me in the past, I have come to the conclusion that I need to let go of the past and focus on what I can do on my own. I need to hold myself accountable for my actions and eating. I am blessed to have such an amazing support system and having your blogs, messages and chats have been a positive addition to that support. So again I thank you for being so open and honest. We can do this!!!! Take care:) and see you at the gym!!

  3. FYI.
    The person I am referring to in my comment as giving up is my doctor, not my wonderful husband and friends !!
    But that is a whole other can of worms:)