Sunday, January 16, 2011

Acceptance- The Key to Transformation

Be Careful What You Wish For.

Last week, I received some very good news.  As much as I like to write, I like to talk even better.  If you've spent any time around me in person you already know that.  Remember back in November when I gave the "You Can Transform Your Body" talk?  Well, I volunteered to speak and teach a dance fitness class at my 25th college reunion, and the reunion coordinator said yes.  The working title of this talk is,  "Acceptance- The Key to Transformation."  Needless to say I'm very excited to talk to my former classmates, along with all of the other alumni who will be attending.  The way our reunions work is that each class comes back every five years, so the youngest alumni in attendance will be from the class of 2006.  Maybe even better is the chance to teach my class which is a mash up of Turbulence Training bodyweight exercises, classic dance steps, balance training, a short dance combination, with a thorough stretch at the end.  We'll be using the dance studio in the basement of the dorm where I lived as a freshman.  Oh the memories!  Perfect right?  Certainly, if you don't count what I did right after I got the news.

So what did I do after I told my husband and son we were going to Indiana this June?  I started to get ready to run some errands, and I went through my purse.  At the bottom I discovered a significant amount of loose Reese's pieces.  What the heck were they doing at the bottom of my purse you may ask?  Simple, I had taken Colin to see Jack Black in "Gulliver's Travels" the day before and he (Colin, not Jack Black) had asked me to bring back his leftover candy in my purse.  So there I was, brimming over with nervous excitement, and staring at two good sized hands full of candy on my desk, right next to the keyboard I'm using to write this blog entry.  Did I eat them?  Of course I did, and then I went straight to the local big box store to get supplies for the musical I'm directing.  Did I get more than supplies?  Oh yes indeed.  Was chocolate involved?  Take a wild guess.  As a result, my body went into an ecstatic frenzy of carb craving and water holding, and as of today I am right back up to...wait for it...123lbs.  Exactly where I was at the start of the last TT Transformation Challenge.

So what does it all mean, and what do I do next?  I practice Acceptance- The Key to Transformation.  Between now and June I will study, learn, and do everything I can to give the best speech and the best class possible at the reunion.  What an opportunity.  I have six months to see where the very best of everything I've learned over the last three years can take me.  The theme is acceptance, so I will accept who I am and what I look like completely right now in this moment.  The past is gone, and the future will take care of itself, but every day I resolve to use the best tools at my disposal to be my very best, whatever that looks like, and wherever that happens to register on the scale.

One thing I can absolutely commit to right now.  This is going to be FUN!