Don't Stop Dreaming


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When you were a kid, what was one of your favorite things to do?

For me and the kids in my neighborhood it was DREAMING. We used to pretend or dream about what we wanted to do when we grew up. We had big dreams back then, that’s certain. Some of the dreams included things like:

I want to travel the world

I want to be a doctor

I want to work at Sea World

I want to travel in outer space

And my personal favorite was: I want to be in a rock band.

Oh, the dreams we had a kids. Yes, I wanted to be in a rock band (going to space was a close second though).  I even remember myself and three of my friends in my small town dressing up like KISS. It wasn’t Halloween. It was a DREAM and we were doing what we could to following that dream. We had costumes, make-up, pretend microphones, wigs, everything. There are pictures, somewhere. It was SO easy to dream as a child, right? There was no hesitation in our ambitions.  We just went for it.  Whether it was jumping a ramp on my bike with 15 bricks stacked high or pretending to be Ace Freely.

Do you still have dreams and aspirations? It seems that as we get older sometimes we are more likely to give up or change our dreams significantly. Why do you think that is the case?  Why do we sometimes give up on dreams and aspirations? Maybe you’ve not given up yet. Maybe circumstances have led you to suppress your dreams. Maybe your childhood dreams seem foolish now that you're grown and instead of creating more mature dreams, you just stopped dreaming altogether? Maybe your parents, teachers, spouse, friends, somehow led you to believe that dreams are not possible. 

I have a question for you. Have you ever considered your HEALTH and WELLNESS as part of your dreams?

Here is what I mean by that. You have a bucket list, right? You know, a list of things that you want to do in your lifetime. This bucket list is a list of dreams. A list of aspirations that you want to accomplish. This list could contain any number of different items that are very personal to you. This list might include jumping out of an airplane, surfing, swimming with sharks, driving a NASCAR, or hang gliding. You get the idea. ANYTHING is possible, right?
How much of your bucket list have you accomplished?  

I want to encourage you to keep dreaming, keep working toward those goals. You may very well be hearing a voice in the back of your head saying things like, ''You can’t do that'', or ''Why bother trying?''.  Maybe that voice is saying something like, ''You can’t even stick to a healthy diet, what makes you think you can achieve another goal?''

You’ve heard that voice in your lifetime, right?  I know many times I used to hear and believe that voice.

You can change that voice.  I’m here to encourage you today to keep moving forward on this journey to better health. Your dreams and aspirations matter and your health should not get in the way. 

I would like to offer just one piece of advice for all of you working on this journey.  You MUST change what you are putting into your head.  Your MIND has everything to do with your health journey.  There are so many influences that are filling your heads with positive and negative thoughts.  Free your mind and the rest will follow.  Get those negative thoughts out of the way and focus on your journey.  Focus on your dream, then go MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Changing the way you think is not an overnight process. Much like dropping a few pounds, it will take time. Be patient with both and your DREAMS can still happen!  Don’t let a temporary road block keep you from a dream. You CAN change, it just takes time.

What dreams may have been altered in your life due to your weight management problem?  Are there bucket list items you HAVE completed since you took your life back?  What are they?  Share your lists here. You may inspire the next person who reads this blog.

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    Tried to do a bucket list a while ago. It was more difficult than it sounds. Will now try and work on my list again! Thanks for the nudge. - 5/10/2012   3:56:04 PM
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    This article certainly hit home. It's time for me to start to dream again. To lose the extra weight and getting healthy is now on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing! - 5/9/2012   1:51:05 PM
  • MARILYN1954
    Maybe I need to learn to dream and build a bucket list. I might actually get what I want. My problem is not knowing what to dream. - 5/8/2012   3:02:10 PM
    Just what I needed to read today. I am new to Spark People, and was in danger of giving up on my weight until my doctor suggested I try this website. I've been using it for 5 days and am so encouraged by these tools. So my dream of getting to a healthy weight is definitely on the front burner these days. Thanks for all the great resources. - 5/8/2012   1:32:00 PM
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    I always dreamed I was on the United States Olympic Equestrian Team. That I owned a frantastic beautiful horse that could jump anything. Even recently I dreamed the headlines read "Grandmother selected for USET squad heading to Great Britain to compete in 2012 Olympics." Corny I know, but I love horses, I wanted to make something like this happen but here I am sitting in front of a computer, no horse, no money, nothing but a dream.....and a belief that even if I never make it to the Olympics I can still accomplish alot like improving my health. - 5/8/2012   6:55:21 AM
    A few years after we were married, my husband and I wrote out a list of things we wanted to do. We posted this list on our refrigerator - it was on a tiny piece of note paper. Soon we no longer noticed the piece of paper, but the items on our list were being accomplished! One year I noticed the sheet and was delighted that all but one item was "checked-off". Just writing down your aspirations will make a difference. - 5/7/2012   9:53:56 AM
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    I was always told that dreams are important. - 5/7/2012   9:11:49 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog. We all have dreams that want them to come to life. Some do but many don't. We need to change our minds in order to change our actions. It takes a long time for changes made for the good becomes real in life. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. - 5/7/2012   5:08:30 AM
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    Dreams keep you alive..... - 5/6/2012   5:07:18 PM
  • SHEILA-45
    Dreaming keeps you young at heart! It's never to late to start. I'd love to learn to speak fluent French; once that's done then I'll tackle Italian. I'd love to be able to read the classics, play the piano (even tho I'm not musically inclined), see the Macy's Day Parade in NYC, surf in Hawaii, ski in the Alps, snorkeling in Australia, the bucket list continues...what an adventure! - 5/6/2012   1:08:10 PM
    very nice article - 5/6/2012   10:13:10 AM
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    thanks for sharing this blog! I will definitely keep dreaming!!! - 5/5/2012   10:35:57 AM
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    Dreams take hard work. - 5/5/2012   8:20:52 AM
    I gave up my dreams when I thought that it was safer to not have them (you know for when the kids arrive and I inevitably would need to give them up). The kids never came and my next excuse was that I was too old. I spent 12 years trying to get preggers. Anyhow, now I feel that my dreams will be my kids. Then I can get something that my mythical kids would never give me - a chance to feel a sense of accomplishment. I no longer see my dreams as unattainable, after all a lot of people hit their stride in their later years. I just need to get started so I don't have another 40+ years of unrealized dreams. - 5/5/2012   12:44:47 AM
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    I dream the impossible dreams and believe I can make them come true. Being disabled makes the challenges I can't go mountain climbing...but those dreams have been allocated to the 'impossible' dream category. I can go lots of places now that there is an ADA law. Thanks America./ place to live in the world. - 5/4/2012   6:23:00 PM
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    uh oh... that was a tough read - especially at the end. I stopped everything because of my extra weight (putting it really nice here)

    It's always "once I'm back to the skinny-me all my dreams can be accomplished and I can do all that" ......... and life at time taught me I'm right when I applied for a job and they told me to lose 50 pounds and then I could have a contract with them.

    Soooo, what happened was that I couldn't lose one pound and keep it off.

    But I'm off to a new start - because, tho it is not my dream job - but I managed to find a good job... and from there on it's "up". My thought to this was: Just one step in the right direction and things will come together - not by themselves - but I will find momentum, slowly maybe - some kind of stutter-ish maybe - but I will move. - 5/4/2012   11:31:23 AM
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    Dream Big, Dream Often! "If your dream ain't bigger than you, there's a problem with your dream. - Deion Sanders - 5/4/2012   11:21:21 AM
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    I used to have dreams, but like Berry4, I was always convinced that they were not possible. Not just by my parents (one of whom supported me), but by everyone around me -- friends, teachers, relatives, bosses. It wasn't always my weight, though that didn't help when I started working and started getting heavier. Now the main problem is I have no money to do anything, so my dream is to be able to pay my basic bills. - 5/4/2012   11:06:55 AM
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    There was a REASON that picture wasn't included in the blog, but Thanks Mandy Love. (my lil trouble maker sis) :-) - 5/4/2012   11:05:07 AM
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    I think we need to see photos of you in these said KISS photos!!!! - 5/4/2012   10:38:30 AM
    I think the one I have completed since getting on this journey is running 5K races. I am top heavy (have been since I was 14) and was always told I couldn't run because of my breasts (the joke being I would give myself 2 black eyes).

    Well, I can run--I just need a good sports bra (check!). I also needed someone in my life to tell me that I could do anything I set my mind to--that person is my husband, who ran with me to help train and hugged me hard as I cried at the finish line of my first race.

    I've run 9 more since then and now have NEW goals to reduce my running time. Success feels amazing. - 5/4/2012   9:30:45 AM
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    Great Blog JMAN.. it's got me thinking.. Thank you for the wake up call
    - 5/4/2012   9:14:57 AM
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    My dream is to be able to do triathlons long enough that I'm that lone 70 year old in my age bracket that wins a medal even though my time was close to 3 hours. I want to outlast my racing peers! - 5/4/2012   8:50:38 AM
  • DIETER27
    I have a dream that one day I will no longer be in double digits size wise and will have a nice slim body. I am visualizing that dream everyday as I continue on my weightloss journey. With each and everyday I wither the ups and downs and still come out determined to win the battle. i thank God for my blessings and will continue to keep this dream alive. - 5/4/2012   8:47:38 AM
  • BOBCAT58
    My dream is just to be able to walk without a limp and to be able to stand for more than a minute or two. There are a lot of other things I'd like to do, but it all hinges on getting my knees in shape and being physically fit. - 5/4/2012   7:38:55 AM
  • EMLAK76
    That was one positive article.Really feeling good having read it. It helps to put some things i have been mulling about in perspective. Thank you indeed for sharing this article. - 5/4/2012   7:30:54 AM
    I have several dreams: own a home somewhere on the San Juan Islands, reach 140 pounds (I am presently at 197), sing "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" with full orchestra, continue singing regularly at my top ability for the rest of my life. - 5/4/2012   7:14:00 AM
  • MRE1956
    Sorry, Sparkies - I'm not inclined to dream ONE BIT - and it's not due to my weight.....but rather this DAMNED ECONOMY! I live in a dark, dreary world filled with stark, unpleasant place or time in my world for frivolous *dreams*..... :( - 5/4/2012   6:27:45 AM
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    Hiking with my llama on the Kettle Moraine Trails, having a successful, farm-based school for children, learn to spin, have my own store where I can sell beautiful things made from the wool of my sheep, to have more pasture land for the sheep, to become physically fit. - 5/4/2012   6:22:16 AM
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    Thanks so much for this one! I needed to hear this. I stopped dreaming somewhere along the line and now I even feel a little bit afraid to try. I know it's silly. Thanks for the motivation to just do it. :-) - 5/4/2012   6:00:55 AM
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    I actually don't have a bucket list and I have just been realizing that I need one. - 5/4/2012   5:39:33 AM
    The joy in life is looking forward to the future and the events God has planned for us. One of my wishes came true when we went to Cancun to our nephew's wedding. The experience was amazing. Life is full of surprises! Dreams have come true in my life. So I keep praying for God's guidance and hope for his response. - 5/4/2012   2:40:17 AM
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    I have always been taught to dream BIG. I had a dream March 21, 2011 That I started working on, (a part of my career), then my fiance went through several very hard months, with major back surgery in Oct. I put all of my needs & dreams to caretake him. THIS March 16, 2012 I found Spark People (through his Doctor! He is doing MUCH better. Still a ways to go) & have re-ignited that dream. AND IT IS HAPPENING! The encouragement I find here, is transforming my world!

    *~LIGHT - 5/4/2012   2:06:49 AM
    I want to be able to walk at least 3 miles. I want to walk up the stairs in the park. I want to be able to buy a smaller size, even if it is a plus size, but a few less x's. I want to be able to sit on my airline seat. - 5/4/2012   2:01:16 AM
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    Nice blog. I do have some dreams outside of weight loss. Maybe I'll talk to someone locally to see what I can do. Thanks for the encouragement. - 5/4/2012   12:18:36 AM
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    I totally agree with this attitude even though there have been times I lost sight of it. I decided a few weeks ago when I really started to concentrate on losing the weight and getting myself back in shape that I would set a new goal or dream if you will. I am going to walk to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back. I figure it will take about 3 years to get there due to several health issues but I will get there. - 5/3/2012   11:34:19 PM
    Never to old to dream; pushin 60, bday this month; preparing for retirement and want my body to cooperate with all the fun stuff that I want to do...Kayaking, hiking, swimming....not to mention relaxing on the beach! - 5/3/2012   11:24:10 PM
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    I love to walk. Bloomsday race in Spokane, Wa is one of my favorites. So now I am in training to fast walk the Sauvie Island flat half marathon on July 4. I have to get it done and out of my system in order to move on to another goal
    - 5/3/2012   11:16:55 PM
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    Nice one Agent J - dream big and chase those dreams! - 5/3/2012   11:12:40 PM
    It is hard to keep your mind on your goals and dreams. Thank you for the fun reminder and I will try to be patient..keep those dreams alive everyone :) - 5/3/2012   10:44:45 PM
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    Yep, I was convinced by parents in particular that dreams were NOT possible. Actually I'm not even sure how to dream. (When I start down that path, so many noises in my head list all the reasons why none of it is possible.)

    However, you did hit the nail on the head that the MIND has everything to do with this health journey that I'm on. -- That is both my tripping point and the hope I have for change and progress in the days ahead.

    Thanks for confirming my recent meandering thoughts in this direction!

    Now to learn about dreaming... - 5/3/2012   10:15:17 PM

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