Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm selfish!!!

Yep, I said it.  I, Leah K. New, am a selfish person.

I do things all the time that are for ME, and ME only!

I quit smoking, and have stayed quit for over 2 years.  This is totally selfish on my part, since I wanted to save some money by not buying cigarettes every day.  Also, selfish because I will most likely live longer, which will benefit me greatly!  Oh yeah, plus fewer wrinkles supposedly, and whiter teeth.  Selfish, selfish, selfish.

I lost over 70 pounds with diet and exercise!!!  Another selfish endeavor of mine.  I lost the weight because I was sick of being fat.  I wanted to feel pretty and confident and I knew that for me, losing weight would really help with those things.

A side effect of all this weight loss is that I'm probably healthier, and far less likely to get any of those obesity-related diseases. 

I'm also much stronger!  And I have more endurance.  I feel much more energetic, much happier, and more excited about my life than ever before, and I believe that a lot of this is a direct result of my dieting and exercising my way from 220 to the mid 140's. 

Selfish, I tell you.  SELFISH!!!  Who does all of that stuff benefit right now?  ME!!!!!!!!

I went back to school!  It took a lot of patience, a lot of courage, and a lot of money (all to be paid back at some time in the future...), but I did it. 

I'm back in school.  Yesterday started my first semester as a college sophomore.  After being a freshman on-and-off for 8 years, it feels great to have graduated past that status and into sophomore territory.  I feel like I'm finally making progress towards the goal of getting an education!

I decided fairly recently (some time last year) that I want to go into law.  That's why I'm a Political Science major, and why I have to do ridiculously well (to get into an awesome East Coast law school for free...?). 

I'm going to make MONEY.  I'm going to have SUCCESS.  I'm going to live in NEW YORK CITY.

Can I say "selfish" one more time?

What has all of this selfish behavior done for the rest of the world?  Who knows???  It's possible that my good health will keep me alive longer for loved ones, including future hypothetical children of mine.  It's possible that my going back to school will result in my becoming a major political player that makes a huge difference in the world. 

My overall happiness has probably improved the lives of those closest to me, just because they don't have to hear me complaining all the time anymore.  ;-)

All I need to know about this selfish-ness:  It's made me a better person.  It's made me happier.  It's given me hope.

Lesson to be taken from this blog post:  BE SELFISH.  It's okay to spend a big chunk of time (or ALL of your time in some cases) focusing on yourself and your own goals. 

How have you been selfish lately?


Amanda said...

It took me many years to learn that but being selfish is a great thing.

Athletes4Life said...

Awesome job! you are doing such a great job!

Lori Lynn said...

I totally agree! The most selfLESS thing you can do for your family and loved ones (and society in general) is to be selfISH enough to take care of yourself, focus on yourself, be healthy and be happy. It is so much easier to benefit others when you take care of yourself.

Awesome job so far! Congratulations on all that you have achieved!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Love this! Being selfish is great in these instances. If I am selfish for an hour every day and take time for myself to work out, I'm happier, healthier and a better wife. If that makes me selfish, so be it!!!

Jennifer said...

yay for being selfish! I have to remind myself it's okay to be selfish sometimes! Thanks for helping me remember! :)

Jill said...

You have really turned your life around for the better being selfish! I agree! You can't take care of or love others if don't take care of and love yourself! I LOVED this post!!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your blog!! I just discovered this morning. It is EXACTLY the support I have been searching and searching for... I have been a weightwatcher member (my latest stint) since 2007.. losing 32 lbs and being stuck with 30 more to lose for 2 years!! This week I came to the realization that the simply filling technique may be what I need.. I have been following this week and feel a big difference in satisfaction. I also believe exercise is just as important as food choices and I lean towards vegan foods. Yes, my selfish activity was reading your posts for too long this morning. Oh, also, I wish you well on your journey in the legal field.. I have been working in the legal field for 20 years and it has been very satisfying. I'm one of the few who truly respect attorneys, at the least the ones I work with :)

Alison said...

I'm starting to! :)

(I'm your newest follower.)