Monday, June 28, 2010
Who? Family member, co-worker, friend, stranger.....
Where? At the gym, at work, at home, at the pool......
When? During your lunch break, during workouts, during the day....
How often? Daily, weekly, monthly.......
Why? Inspiration, motivation, jealously, envy......
I know that I am doing this for me, but as I was running last Sunday I thought to myself, "Do others expect me to succeed?" Hmmm.... "What would happen if I stopped running these laps besides being happy that my body can rest?" Would it be detrimental to anyone else?
People that we never know are watching us. Yes, some want us to fail, but some want to see us prevail and be happy. Being happy for you could be reaching your goal weight, feeling less stressed, sleeping better, walking a mile, dropping a size, or simply being proud of yourself for the progress you have made.
I am glad that so many of you have allowed me into your life. I enjoy reading about what you are faced with or what thoughts are running through your head. I am always pulling for you to push through any adversity because I know you can do it!
When people are looking at you, it is best to get caught doing something GOOD!!! Let them see you push through that mile or eat a healthy lunch. Let them see you walk past the vending machine or down a cup of water! It my be prompt them to do better. EVERYONE has someone watching them. If you think you don't look in the mirror. Yes, you are looking and it would be nice to catch yourself doing something good would it not?! Here is to a week of us catching ourselves doing something GREAT!
I have a story to tell you all about last Sunday's run, but adding it to this post would make it longer than I would like for it to be. I guess that means I will be posting again this week!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This week's blog has been inspired by Drake, a Canadian recording artist. I have been listening to his album the past two weeks. Although his lyrics have nothing to do with the healthy journey I am on, they speak to me and I use them as motivation. Here goes.....
Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you push yourself, that you are not seeing the results that you want? Do you think you can actually reach your goal weight? You remember when you weighed ....? You ever look at old pictures and wonder what happened? Oh, that one dress or pair of jeans that used to fit you perfectly? You may feel like time is not on your side or that you are not getting any younger. Have you fallen off track and not wanted to get back up? No confidence? No motivation? How about we throw in the towel and call it quits? It's OVER!!!
NO, IT'S NOT OVER! First off, I do not think that having these thoughts is bad, however, we should not dwell on them. If anything, we should use them as motivation. Sometimes your "good enough" may not be good enough, so I implore you to try to "at least" be better than good enough. If you have fallen off track, don't worry about getting back on, just STAY ON once you get there!
What are you afraid of? Success?! I don't know about you, but I WANT to be successful! Sure, there will be resistance, but you have to fight through it! There is no turning back for me! I refuse to go back to an unhealthy life---if you want to call it a life. I'd rather choose the road less taken, if it means I will be happy. You are too young to be feeling this old! So, tell your "old self"...."If you think I'm going to quit before I die...DREAM ON!" It is time to make the skeptics into believers. Admit it...Yes, that may include YOU!
"What am I doing? What am I doing? Oh, yeah, that's right I'm doing me and I am living life right now! I'm in it till it's over....But, it's far from over!"
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
The easy button does not exist when it comes to being healthy. Whether you are trying to lose weight, eat clean, complete your first 5k, or just start running, it will not come without some hard work and determination. There will be obstacles and possibly even setbacks along the way. Do not be discouraged and do not let those setbacks turn into a scapegoat for your success.
Your body deserves to be healthy, You deserve to feel great and look great on the inside and the outside. As you motivate yourself daily to continue to track your food, log those steps, drink that water, finish that cardio session, or push out that last repetition, think about how many people you inspire. There are a number of people that have decided to start this journey because of your drive and willpower to stick with it each day.
So many of you have encouraged me and provided support in ways I never thought imaginable. Your kinds words do not go unappreciated. I truly thank you and look forward to our encounters. I have not only gained Spark buddies, but I have gained a family for life.
Remember to measure your success only by yourself. When you look in the mirror smile back at yourself for a change. Things may not be where you want them to be, but I am sure progress is evident. If you are not happy with yourself, how do you expect others to be happy with you? Happiness is contagious, so spread some positivity and disdain all negativity in your life. Trust me, it shows.
If it was easy, everyone would do it! I am asking you to make the impossible...possible! Defy all odds and be victorious!
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
I figured I would start blogging at least once a week, since it is a good way to let others know what I am experiencing in my world when it comes to health and fitness.
My group is finishing up insanity on Thursday after the Memorial Day holiday, so Round 2 will be in the books officially! Woohoo! Was it easier this time?! No, in fact I pushed harder this time. The first round I lost over 40 pounds and the second round over 20 pounds. It works! I am ready to try Asylum!
Yesterday, I started this push-up program from this book I checked out in the library (7 Weeks to 100 push-ups). I made it through insanity, but I still can't do 100 without stopping. Don't you just love level 3 drills?! Push-up jacks?! Power push-ups?!
Today, I started running, so we will see how this journey goes! I may not be the fastest runner, but one thing I do know is that I have heart and determination. I WILL NOT QUIT!
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