Dawn of a New Day – Expect Amazing

Hello, dear faithful readers!  I apologize for my lack of posting recently.  Between the end of term at school, holiday events, and going on an eight day vacation last week, it just seems like time got away from me when it came to updating my blog.  Things are starting to settle down a bit now, so I hope to get back into a bit more of normal routine with it again.  *fingers crossed*

Earlier today, a friend of mine posted the update below on Facebook and it’s really been resonating with me ever since I read it.  There are some things in my life that I’ve really been wanting to change, so perhaps now is the perfect time to do it.

So, I don’t believe that the world is going to end tomorrow. But it *is* going to be the end of an epoch of the Mayan calendar and, unfortunately, they didn’t create another one that we’re aware of. I do figure that *something* is going to happen tomorrow, but it won’t be the end of the world. I think I might be a start….

Perhaps tomorrow is the start of something entirely new. Perhaps tomorrow is the time to make a change in your life – something significant, something permanent. Something that will make a difference.

It’s up to you to decide that that something is.

In case you haven’t already heard, Weight Watchers will kicking off a new ad and social media campaign that kind of ties in perfectly with my friend’s philosophy.  The new campaign is called Expect Amazing.  Here’s a sneak peek at one of the new commercials that will start rolling out over the next couple of weeks. If you watch closely, you might even spot my Twitter pal, Alexis! Oh, and be sure to check out her blog over at Diva on a Diet, too!

Here’s another one from the new campaign as well. This is the one that really struck me when I saw it and I’ll explain why after you watch it.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, I went on vacation last week. Perhaps you’ve already made the connection to why this particular commercial “spoke” to me.

I had an awesome time while I was on vacation.  I went to San Francisco with one of my BFFs, Tracy.  We did things all over the city during the time we were there, including walking the entire span of the Golden Gate Bridge and back (it’s 3.4 miles round trip for anyone wondering).  Despite all of the amazing things we did and saw, I only have one photo of myself from the entire trip.  Here’s that photo:

San Francisco Skyline - Mel

I remember the exact moment Tracy took it.  I tried to talk her out of it saying I didn’t “need” a photo.  Truth be told, I didn’t want a photo because I knew how I would look in it. Instead, I plastered on a fake smile and let her take the photo.

Why didn’t I want a photo of myself taken at such a breathtakingly beautiful vantage point?  I knew it would be a visual reminder that I haven’t been very serious about my weight loss efforts in quite a while.  I do really well for a week or so, but then I get right back off track again.  As a result, I’ve spent the past year playing with the same 5-10 pounds over and over again.

I decided now is the time to embrace something new.  It’s time to make a change in my life — something significant, something permanent. Something that will make a difference.

I have 14 months until my 50th birthday.  It’s time for me to start living my tag line on this blog.  It’s time for me to stop living in the past and accepting that it’s OK for me to be overweight.  It’s time for me to start making and living my BEST life.  It’s time for me to Expect Amazing things of myself and for myself.

I’m not setting any specific weight loss numbers for myself.  I just know it’s way past time for me to get focused again.  I just know I want to weigh less this time next year than I weigh currently, and by more than those same 5-10 pounds I’ve been playing with for the past year.  I just know that I can still remember how good I felt nine years ago when I weighed about 80 pounds less than I do now and I want to feel that way again!   Weight Watchers has given me all the tools I need to be successful.  I just have to start actively using them again!

What about you?  Do you Expect Amazing of (and for) yourself?  If not, I challenge you to join me in making that change.  We deserve it!

Until next time …

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Comments: 7

  1. Tracey 20 December, 2012 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Mel, you can do it! Do you have the Active Link yet? If not, I can’t say enough great things about it. It has challenged me to do more than I ever thought I could. When I started WW in July, I thought about what exercise I could do, because my knees hurt so much from the extra weight. I started with just walking in the pool at the YMCA for 30 minutes. Today my morning workouts range from 90 minutes to 2 hours and I run and swim the entire time.

    We can all do it, if we just believe in ourselves enough. You are worth it.

  2. Nancy 20 December, 2012 at 6:48 pm Reply

    I have been giving some serious thought to joining Weight Watchers in January. I’ll let you know what I decide.

  3. Betty 20 December, 2012 at 8:36 pm Reply

    Personally, I think you look GREAT! Glad you had a great time in my beautiful neighborhood! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! To all the new beginnings in life!

  4. Patty 21 December, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

    I am with you 100%! I believe 2013 is going to be a big year for change. I also want to stop playing with the same 5 lbs…up/down…up/down…so over it! I am trying very hard to be aware of what I eat now during the holiday season so I won’t pay for it later.

    P.S. The girl Katie is in my WW meeting. I am so happy they chose her. She is so sweet and was so welcoming when I joined the meeting. I love it that someone from our location was chosen to share their success story. She’s my inspiration )

    Let’s kick off 2013 strong )
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  6. Mary (A Merry Life) 24 December, 2012 at 9:45 am Reply

    I think you look great and hopefully will take more photos next time!

    I do understand what you mean though and am right with you. I’m totally ready to expect amazing. I want more/better/awesome. Let’s get it!
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  7. Joanne 30 December, 2012 at 8:51 am Reply

    Way to say it Mel. I just love your reading your posts. They encourage me so much. I started Weight Watchers on Oct 13th. I have already received 2 5 pound stars. It is slow and steady and the last 3 weeks I just stayed the same. My goal is in 2013 I also turn 50. I want to be my best ever! And run my first half marathon. Here’s to the best year ever 2013!!!!

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