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
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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
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Friday, August 02, 2013
When you have Chuck Norris on your side, what can go wrong? Hello Twohundoland! It has been a long time since I have seen you. There were many days where I didn't think I would ever see you again! Now that I have, it is time to move forward to something bigger and better! I would like to say a big thanks to Chuck, glad to have him on board!
As some of you may know by now, on my vlog from a couple of weeks ago, I made my gooooooaaaaaallllll!!!!!! That never gets old to me! I made my goal that I set in May of 2009. That was to make it to 299lbs. That 299lb. goal seemed really lofty at the time considering I weighed 509lbs.! But that was my goal and on July 15, 2013, I met my goal of 299 lbs.!
So now what?
Like I said in my video, 299lbs. was a big milestone, but not the end! These journeys that we are on are about so much more than the number on the scale! Is the number on the scale important? Yes. Is it a measurable that we can see? Yes. Is that number something to be proud of? Absolutely yes! But this is about being healthier, happy, and making a complete lifestyle change! It hasn't always been easy (and still isn't at times) but I believe I have made that lifestyle change for the better, for the rest of my life!
What does that mean?
It means that I will not settle for where I am. I will aim for extraordinary. It means that I will set new goals. It means that I will push towards those goals until I make them like I made my 299lb. goal! It means that I will make the rest of my life, the best of my life!
I want to have goals that inspire me to be better in all aspects of my life. I want goals that inspire me to be the best father I can be. I want goals that inspire me to be the best man I can be. I want goals that inspire me to hopefully, one day, be the best husband I can be. I want goals that inspire me to want to be the active, healthy person I know that I can be!
So here are my goals on the fitness side...
My new weight goal is 279lbs. That is crazy to think that I could be in the 270's again! First time since High School! My birthday is in 77 days (October 17th) so I think I will set that as my goal date. I want to be 279lbs. by October 17th! So, 20 lbs. in 77 days is doable, right? Plus it has already been 2 weeks since my last weigh-in so maybe I will be down a little already! Goal weight and date is set!
I have also set a new goal. A new challenge! I have already paid for and signed up for the Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Course Race on September 14th in Paoli, Indiana!
I know this is going to challenge me! I know this is going to push me! I know...that I CAN NOT WAIT to do this! It is a 5k race with 20 obstacles! Like I said, I am signed up and paid for so there will be no turning back! This is the first kind of any race I have ever done in my life. It makes me a little nervous but the excitement easily outweighs any nerves! I am really looking forward to challenging myself and to see just how far I have come physically!
We can accomplish anything that we put our minds to! I look forward to proving that to myself!
Embrace The Possibilities
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