Rock What You Got

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4/26/2012 6:00 AM   :  51 comments   :  17,432 Views

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You are a unique individual with something to add to this world! If you’re reading this and feeling badly about yourself and where you are this week in your healthy lifestyle journey, then this article is for you. I want to share with you some of the songs on my running playlist that motivate me to remember that I can do this, and in so doing, I hope that they motivate someone reading this to keep on going.  You are worth the effort!  Click on the orange links to go to YouTube to hear the specific songs with the words that speak to you.

I’m writing this for the beaten down who need to find their strength to rock the world.  I’m not afraid anymore to be the unique person that I am and to go out and stake my claim for a healthy life. I’m going all out to reach my goals and would like to see you do the same. I’m at a place now where I have no doubt that I can reach those goals. I didn’t start out that way, but staying faithful to the small steps advocated by SparkGuy Chris day in and day out has taught me that I can do this.

Are you all in? I’ve found that I have to be all in for life, and there are no shortcuts on this journey.  I know there will be days where you and I feel like we are breaking inside, but we have to get past that and move on.  Looking back into the past of regrets keeps us from moving forward to a better future.  I want to know how it feels at the front of the line. I'm tired of standing in the back, being afraid and doubting my capabilities.

By now you may think I’m crazy, but you like it. I am only one voice but I’m shouting out to everyone to remind you that there is a place for you to be you.  No one else can be the person that you can be. Exactly who you are is just enough. It’s time to be all that you can be. 

Once we accept that we are who we are and get about the business of getting healthy, that is the day we will truly start the journey. Don’t ever try to be someone else because you are perfect being you. Nothing can stop me when I have the attitude that I’m okay the way I am and I work from that point.   That is one of the things that I really love about SparkPeople: I have always felt accepted and supported no matter what point I was on in my journey.  Surrounded by people who wanted me to succeed has kept me coming back every day.  When we stand together, we can reach farther than when we try to go it on our own.

I realize now that I’m not what I once was and I’m free to be whatever I choose to be. I like how it feels to be positive this way and you will, too. I know life can be tough and depressing but you have to be stronger, remembering that you are taking a step in the right direction each time you take a step towards getting healthy.

 If you want it all, this is the time to get committed.  You can talk all you want, but until you take action you won’t progress.  Be a fighter and say goodbye to the liar in the mirror that says you can never change. Don’t stand around waiting for tomorrow, spinning your wheels and going through the motions. Remember, you are worth the effort.  Tell the liar in the mirror to shut up. You are beautiful!   Each day is a gift and it’s time to use them all to reach your goal.

By now I may be driving SparkCoach Nancy crazy since she’s the one who posts my articles and has to do all the links!  But hey, she runs marathons so I think she knows it’s going to be okay and she has the energy to get through this.  As I write this, I know she is counting down the days until she runs the New York Marathon, so you should check her page out for pictures from that event.  She’s on the right track and has kept off over 80 lbs in her healthy lifestyle journey.  She’s a great motivator in my life.

I’m having fun sharing my songs with you.  But this does have to come to an end, so as I close, I want to say there is no doubt that if I can do this, then you can too!    Drop the all or nothing mentality and take one day at a time.  Don’t throw your hands up and quit because you messed up one meal or one day. Don’t stop chasing your dreams!

If you’ve got a favorite song that motivates you, send me a message @michelenecleary on Twitter and let me know how you rock it out during your workout!  Now turn up the music, get out there, and move!


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Comments

  • 51
    This was cute and clever. :) My smile got bigger the further I read, but it wasn't until I got to Theory of a Deadman that I squee'd. Love it. - 6/3/2014   6:31:08 PM
  • 50
    I really needed this! THANK YOU!! - 5/1/2012   5:13:07 PM
  • MKKITT
    49
    I found a song called Haunted by Matthew C. Shuman online and played it for my exercise class, they all loved it. HUGE hit! Definitely worth checking out! - 4/29/2012   10:15:22 PM
  • LANCE500
    48
    I am lost, that was exactly the kind of crap music blasting in any gym for the last 20 years which I tried to block out with my custom ear plug. I never had a bad day in 42 years of working out in the gym and I sure didn't need any music to motivate me. My parents died of poor health before age 60 so I got to keep going. The only kind of music I would enjoy in the good old days would be classical or smooth jazz which was in sync with my lifting rhythem. I should said that some of the best workouts I had were the days that I was so tire, I drove pass the gym a few miles and came back. - 4/28/2012   7:35:42 PM
  • 47
    What a great bunch of songs! Thanks! - 4/28/2012   5:20:20 PM
  • LBFOOLISH
    46
    I'm a beginner.I'm a believer and now a rocker! Thank you so much for the words and the music motivation for the background of my challenge starting tomorrow. - 4/28/2012   10:33:56 AM
  • MIRANDA2112
    45
    I badly needed to read a blog like this. Thanks - 4/28/2012   6:59:29 AM
  • 44
    Thank you so much for this. - 4/27/2012   9:27:31 PM
  • 43
    now this was pretty awesome. - 4/27/2012   8:53:45 PM
  • 42
    LOVE IT! Very creative (and I'm SURE Nancy had a headache when she finished.) - 4/27/2012   2:30:36 PM
  • 41
    Awesome blog! Loved it! - 4/27/2012   2:11:54 PM
  • 40
    Needed this blog thank you for it :) I have been beaten down this week.I guess everything just catching up with me. My friends here lifted me up when I needed it as well as my oldest son:) Don't listen to music when I workout or take my walks when I take my walks I love listening to the birds and the prairie dogs talk to one another and when Shadow and I get close to the creek I like the sound of the water. Very relaxing. - 4/27/2012   1:53:00 PM
  • 39
    Saving this one - a little motivation now and lots of great ideas for the future! Thanks! - 4/27/2012   11:10:56 AM
  • 38
    I know it took a lot of time to get this one together - thanks for the effort! - 4/27/2012   11:05:25 AM
  • CLAYLADY001
    37
    good blog!! Music can be so rewarding and soothing.I listen to my little fm station every night and love it.CLin Oregon - 4/27/2012   11:04:57 AM
  • 36
    i couldn't agree more!!! - 4/27/2012   11:02:39 AM
  • 35
    Sometimes I can turn OFF a craving just by turning ON a good song.
    Thanks for the links! - 4/27/2012   10:13:50 AM
  • 34
    THANK YOU! - 4/27/2012   9:39:42 AM
  • 33
    very motivational, rock on! - 4/27/2012   9:19:54 AM
  • 32
    Very cool blog! Following the links will be a wonderful journey in itself! - 4/27/2012   8:36:05 AM
  • 31
    Thanks for the inspiration that is great advice! - 4/27/2012   8:33:14 AM
  • 30
    Very inspiring! Now I want to get out of this chair and start moving!
    Thanks! - 4/27/2012   8:32:35 AM
  • 29
    Great blog! - 4/27/2012   7:32:45 AM
  • 28
    Thank you for posting this blog! - 4/27/2012   6:49:08 AM
  • 27
    Fantastic blog!!! Love it!! - 4/27/2012   5:11:02 AM
  • JSUEHENRY
    26
    Very creative and helpful. Thank you! J. Sue - 4/27/2012   5:05:09 AM
  • 25
    What a cool blog! - 4/27/2012   5:01:35 AM
  • 24
    I like this one: Hope Partlow, "Who We Are"
    Also, lately really stuck on Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger"; Christina Aguilera, "Fighter"; Florence + the Machine, "Shake it Off" and Celtic Woman, "You'll Never Walk Alone".
    Music is my inspiration!
    (sorry, I don't tweet!)
    Beckatha - 4/27/2012   12:34:27 AM
  • 23
    Thanks! - 4/26/2012   11:27:02 PM
  • 22
    VERY clever! Nice job! - 4/26/2012   9:31:37 PM
  • 21
    This is exactly what I needed to hear. I am so tired of the world looking at me like I am a nut.......or the strangest thing they have ever seen. I am ME.......a special person..........one who has amazing talents..........and one who Jesus loves very much..........Dennis does too.......... Thanks for these words I needed them...........I am going out after my dreams.......... - 4/26/2012   2:53:30 PM
  • 20
    Love this blog! I can always use more workout music . . . - 4/26/2012   2:07:57 PM
  • ACICEDA
    19
    This is a great blog and I'm sure I will read it again and again as it cycles through. It's important to remember and accept who we are and it is something I struggle with especially as I belong to an organization from which I must fit a certain image (I have to maintain body standards).

    It's hard because I know that my husband loves me and my curves but on those days where I am just feeling ugly and frustrated it leads to tension and he will avoid me until I can re-center myself. With that being said, I am going to save this now so I can go back to it on those days and re-center myself all the faster. Thanks again! - 4/26/2012   1:57:28 PM
  • 18
    I love this post. It is very inspirational. Quite a pick-me-up! - 4/26/2012   12:54:53 PM
  • 17
    I loved this blog! It was just what I needed to read this morning. I've been struggling trying to get back on track. I am going to save this to had to my motivation list. Thanks! - 4/26/2012   11:54:28 AM
  • 16
    I love this blog. Thanks so much!! - 4/26/2012   11:02:43 AM
  • DEB_LEA
    15
    A great way to motivate! - 4/26/2012   10:57:17 AM
  • 14
    Love this! Needed some new songs for my MP3 for a half-marathon this weekend (I currenlty only walk but would love to build up to running one of these one day)...this post is going to help a lot! :)

    Thanks for the motivation! - 4/26/2012   10:56:14 AM
  • DIETER27
    13
    This is what I needed to hear today and I thank you for reaching out and motivating me! Thanks so much for posting this! - 4/26/2012   10:18:24 AM
  • REBECCAMA
    12
    I did not "Get it" when I first read the post. I was like "Where are the songs??" but now I see... Way to go! - 4/26/2012   10:13:09 AM
  • 11
    Love how you wrote this blog! I have to save it out and re-read it at home since I can't link to You tube at work.

    Nicely done Mich!! - 4/26/2012   10:08:59 AM
  • SCAREDTHIN
    10
    Very motivational. Very savvy the way you integrated them into your article. - 4/26/2012   9:44:44 AM
  • DJ1SKYWALKER
    9
    LOVE IT! LOVE the music choices! Especially Going Through the Motions! - 4/26/2012   9:39:04 AM
  • 8
    I wish there was a master list of all the songs in here. Thanks for sharing!
    - 4/26/2012   9:32:24 AM
  • 7
    Cool! That took a lot of work. Rock on with your SparkSelf! :) - 4/26/2012   9:04:17 AM
  • 6
    I am so glad I stopped this morning to read your blog. I have been battling with my willpower on leaving candy in our office community candy dish. I hate that dish. I can't motivate myself to go and get on the treadmill after work. And I read your blog - and you inspired me. I can't thank you enough.

    Ruby - 4/26/2012   9:03:35 AM
  • 5
    I needed that pick me up!! Thank you! - 4/26/2012   8:40:48 AM
  • 4
    What an incredible inspiration as I am just beginning this journey! Thank you!! - 4/26/2012   8:36:15 AM
  • BUZZANDWOODY
    3
    I have taken many of your lines of thought and added them to my motivation list. Thank you! - 4/26/2012   8:27:34 AM
  • 2
    AWESOME!!

    Becca - 4/26/2012   6:59:39 AM

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