Thursday, September 05, 2013
Since I came back to Spark in May of 2012, I have had one phrase at the top of my Spark Page. I have had one phrase that I was going to define this journey and I was going to follow for the rest of my life : Embracing The Possibilities.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "embracing" as to take up especially readily or gladly. To avail oneself of : to welcome.
I am determined to embrace this journey! I am determined that this time would be different than all the other times before. I made a promise to myself that I will fully embrace the fact that I had the determination within me to change! I made a promise to myself that I would fully embrace the lifestyle and actively live my change! I made a promise to embrace the mentality that I AM WORTH IT!
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "possibilities" as the condition or fact of being possible. One's utmost power, capacity, or ability : something that is possible.
We have possibilities in our lives. We have many roads, avenues, and paths that we can go down. We can do anything that we set our minds to. We can be that person that we always dreamed of being. We can become what we dream of. We have endless possibilities!
Your journey was and is not easy. My journey was and is not easy. Our results are not made overnight! Our results are made on the back of a dream that we have to better ourselves! Our results are made on the back of blood, sweat, and tears! Our results are made because we will NOT give up no matter the obstacle that is put in our way!
Yes, I did weigh 509lbs. on May 31, 2009. Yes, I did lose 121lbs. in just under a year. Yes, I did gain 78lbs. of that back before I found my way back to Spark. Yes, I have now lost 215lbs.! I have been where you are now! I have had success and I have had failures! I know the difficulties! I have picked myself up off the ground when I didn't think it was possible because I knew that nobody else could do it for me! I had the possibilities within me, I just had to embrace them!
Now that I made my original weight goal, I have new possibilities to embrace! I have started running. The first time I ran 3 miles just over three weeks ago, it took me over 38 minutes. Now, just the other day, I ran that same 3 miles in 31:14! I cut off over 7 minutes of time in less than a month! Now my goal is to do the 3 miles in under 30 minutes!
I have the Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Course Race coming up on September 14th. It is my goal to finish that and to do the best I can.
I have a goal to be at 279lbs. (15lbs. away and 230lbs. total loss) by my birthday on October 17th.
I have a goal to be at 269lbs. (25lbs. away and 240lbs. total loss) by the Spark Indianapolis rally in January.
These are my goals that keep my going. They keep me pushing to be better every day!
You can see the physical change in my pictures that I posted in this blog. I hope they help you realize that it is possible to reach your goal! It is possible to reach your dream! No matter what stage of your journey that you are on, IT IS POSSIBLE! I hope you are embracing the possibilities!
Embrace YOUR Possibilities
Good Day Sparkville
Thursday, August 15, 2013
This whole thing that we are doing here is a process. The process starts by identifying what the problem is. Then we make a plan to remedy the problem. The process ends when we follow the plan that we set in place until the problem is eliminated. Simple, right? In a perfect world, that is what would happen, but as we all know, this is far from a perfect world!
So often we spend our time trying to be perfect. "If I eat this and don't eat that I will lose the weight!" "If I do cardio for so many minutes every day then I will lose weight!" "I will never eat another cookie again and I will log 100 workout minutes every day!" "I will, I will, I will..." and when we don't do that, we feel like we have let the world down.
How about you add another "I will..." to the process! How about you add...
"I will not try to be perfect, but I will be better!"?
NEWSFLASH...YOU ARE NOT PERFECT! We are after all, human! We will make mistakes. You will have a cookie again. You will have plenty of days where you don't get in 100 minutes of workout time. It happens! Life happens! Bumps in the road happen. POTHOLES in the road happen! When those bumps and potholes happen, you are not letting the world down. Those potholes WILL NOT define who you are with this process! What will define you is how you fill in those pot holes and continue driving down the road!
No, that is not me...but I know the feeling
I know that I have had plenty of potholes on my process road! I have hit potholes along the way that have broken me down and reduced me to tears. No, I am not ashamed to admit that! I own that! That is my process! There wasn't anything easy about losing 215 lbs and there isn't anything easy now trying to lose the next 15! The process is a struggle. But if you trust that struggle, stick with it, and trust the process, you will be forever grateful that you did! You will NOT regret it!
Believe in your struggle! Believe in your process! Believe that you are on your process road and you won't let any potholes stop you!
You don't have to be perfect, just be better! Just be better than you were last year. Just be better than you were last month. Just be better than you were last week. Just be better than you were yesterday! Then what? Be better tomorrow than you are right now!
Embrace Your Possibilities
Good Day Sparkville
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Did you really read what that quote by Thomas Edison says? It says, "If we did all the things that we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Is that true? Would you literally astound yourself if you did all of the things you were capable of? If you could unshackle your mind for one minute and embrace all of the possibilities within yourself, do you think you would be astounded? The answer is...
How many times on your journey have you told yourself that you can NOT do something? If you are anything like me, it has been more times than you can count! It is probably more times than you care to admit. You know you have said all the things in the book; "I'm too heavy", "I don't have the energy", "There is no way I could do that". Why not? Why can't you? You can't because your minds says you can't! I for one am calling shenanigans!
So when your mind says, "you can't", I want you to tell your mind to "SHUT UP!"
This is particularly true when it comes to exercise. Now I know that some people have physical limitations that do not allow them to do certain things, so this may not apply to you in the same way, but I am sure it can apply to some aspect of your journey. Maybe it applies to trying to give up soda for example. Does your mind not allow you to give up the caffeine and sugar? Tell your mind to "SHUT UP!"
When it comes to exercise, this is something that I have had to deal with, especially lately. I am really trying to get myself into running. Running is basically a four letter word in my vocabulary! Growing up and playing sports, running was punishment. Running was what happened when you messed something up and the coach yelled at me to "take a lap". I have had a negative outlook on running my whole life. It doesn't help that I am big and I feel awkward doing it. It doesn't help that I am slow. But what hurts my running efforts the most, is my mind! It is my mind that says I can't! No! Not anymore! I want EXTRAORDINARY! As of now, I am telling my mind to "SHUT UP!"
When I weighed 509 lbs. and I set a goal to lose 210 lbs. I did! Back when I started doing Insanity at 430+ lbs, my mind said that I could not do it. Guess what? I did! Seriously, I did Insanity at 430+lbs! I look back now and really wonder how I did that but I don't really need to look any farther than the first quote of this blog by Thomas Edison, "If we did all the things that we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." I really did astounded myself!
I had it within me to be my change. Do you know something? You have it within you to be your change! You may have to put in some extra time and effort, but believe you me, your change is within you!
I will leave you with this today. When your mind says you can't do something, don't let it win. DO NOT let your mind bully your body into thinking it can not accomplish something! You dig down deep and you find that change within yourself! You get that change out and you tell your mind to "SHUT UP, I AM DOING THIS!"
Embrace Your Possibilities
Good Day Sparkville
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