Friday, August 21, 2009
Adversity and loss make a man wise.
- Welsh Proverb
One of the most important things I've learned from my journey is that the hardest things, make success over them all the sweeter. From all the many trials I've experienced I've earned that I'm a very strong and capable person. For all too long I allowed myself to believe that I was somehow unable to take control from food, and take control over my lack of activity, and so became a victim of my weight. Al of this is a mind game that we play with ourselves, we feed into the vicious cycle by allowing our difficulties to control us and defeat us, instead of taking the power back for ourselves. With every step I took and every bite of healthy food I ate, I felt myself becoming the one who had power. I found that I was wallowing in self-pity and feeding the cycle of failure. So, I learned how to become the victor, the winner, the one who overcomes and finds ways to win even the toughest battles.
Every day is still a battle of wills, as far as food is concerned. It would be so much easier if we didn't ever need to take a bite. Because for me, if I didn't need food to live, I could live without food. So, I'm not going to lie and sy this ever becomes easy, it doesn't, but I won't allow food to defeat me. I work out too hard to make it will worthless time spent.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.
- John Maxwell, author and public speaker
Breaking the world's control over your emotions
A lot in our past can be chalked up to inexperience, youth, and happenstance. But now, as an adult, you must claim your choices and their consequences as your own. Negative attitudes affect your life by creating cynicism, a pessimistic outlook, and often a lack of confidence. Take note of the ways you are escaping responsibility for your attitude. Do you continually blame situations, friends and family, or life in general for your poor mindset? The world has influence, without a doubt, but growing into a mature person means taking control of your emotions and attitude. Own them!
This is probably the best advice for those of us who struggle with emotional eating. Own up to it, take control over them, and stop the cycle that has brought us to obesity and depression in one form or another. The empowerment from gaining control can do more for you than you can even imagine! That sense of control allows you to realize that you are the one who decides what to feel, think, do, eat, whatever, only you can be responsible for the choices you make.
Today, I choose to stay within my calorie range, so far so good. Tonight will be the challenge, but I have no excuse for failure. I can choose to do something besides mindless eating and stay within my calorie range. I worked hard at the gym this morning in spin class and I'm not going to make that count for nothing!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
this morning I was seriously going to skip my gym workout, but alas, I knew my spin friend would be waiting for me at 8:15. So, I dragged myself out of bed and made sure I got to the gym by 7:14 in order to get my strength training completed before class. Had I not had someone waiting there for me I would have rolled over and pulled the covers up to my chin and gone back to dreamland. Instead I refused to let my friend down and got an awesome workout in return. To my great surprise I was greeted with a big hug from another spin friend who has been MIA due to having foot surgery in June. She came back today for the first time and it was really great to see her. Being able to see these girls, along with another girl who no longer spins, but comes to lift daily, lifts my spirits and keeps me motivated to continue working hard.
Sometimes we are unaware of how much we mean to others until they speak up, and likewise we never know how much another person might truly need to hear how much they mean to us.. I alwaysmake a point of telling the girls how gret they look and how their hard work is showing itself, because I know how important it was to hear those things (and still is) as I was progressing on my journey. Be sure to always say kind words before you part, show sympathy during hard times and affection during wonderful ones. Life would not be the same without positive friendships. Express your gratitude to someone today who has made a difference in your world!
Todays's workout was pretty awesome. I had started a 30 minute total body workout 5 weeks ago. I finished the 4 week plan and now I'm tweaking the program to keep it fresh. I like that this workout only takes about 30 minutes so I'd like to continue it for the rest of the summer, but changing things up are vital to keep progressing. I'll give this a try for a couple weeks and see how it works.
Friday, July 24, 2009
You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.
- Robert E. Lee, Civil War General
They say imitation is the greatest compliment, but are your actions worthy of imitation? We are all in some setting of leadership. We should constantly examine the example we are setting for those around us. Are you being a positive role model?Be mindful of your word and deed, you never know who might be watching and silently learning what you are demonstrating.
I never thought I could be the example for anyone else, let alone myself. When I began this journey, I never really knew where it would take me and success wasn't something I felt was assured. After all, my past track record really gave no indication that this would be any different than any of my previous attempts to lose weight. Yet, here I am 3 years and 7 months removed living the life I always wanted to live. But why this time? What was different? For starters, I made this a lifelong commitment that had no ending point. No, "when I get to my healthy weight, I'll go back to", because I knew from the start that I could never go back to my old ways. Eliminating the word "diet" from this process was key, and when I reached that point where people began to notice my weight loss, you know the place where you start reverting because you feel as if you've done it, that is when I found SP. Of course the internet was never an element I had used in the past, and thankfully when I Googled tracking calories, I found Spark People. That has been my insurance policy and my Bible of information, it's the place I turn to when I lose focus and it never fails me.
But, I've learned much during this journey, about myself, and my capabilities, about what is needed to ensure health and fitness. I've found a passion in exercise and know that these lessons will be here for a lifetime. So, if I've become a leader, or inspiration, or just set an example that others feel they can follow, that's just one more life changing event from this process. I encourage people to look at me and how far I've come and realize that there is nothing different, special, or unique about me, and that my mountain was exceptionally high at the start, so high, in fact, that I couldn't even envision the top let alone believe I could reach it, but I'm there and you can be too. Just take it one small step at a time, and focus your attention to that step and making it the right step, and before you know it all those steps add up to successful weight loss.
I've had an excellent workout week, and feel as if I've accomplished a lot. 11 games to umpire this weekend as long as the rain doesn't ruin things...be back Monday
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