Thursday, September 12, 2013
Dear (insert your name here),
No, I did not intend to become overweight. No, I did not intend to become unhealthy. No, I did not intend to become "that person" with a weight problem. But I did. Remember?
At first I did not notice it, much. The first few pounds were no big deal. I was just getting older. The first few pounds was just my "adult weight". That extra weight that you put on by just maturing. After all, you aren't the spry 16 year old that could work off that double cheeseburger and large fries without even trying.
Over the weeks and months, I added a few more pounds. I had to buy some new clothes. Just a size bigger. Not a big deal, right? I would buy a size bigger, but just for the winter! I will be back in my "normal size" by next summer...no problem!
I got busy. Life happened. Fast food became the "new normal". Not exercising became the "new normal". Who has time for exercise? I had a baby and a full-time job! I have responsibilities! I am exhausted at the end of the day. I don't want to spend what little free time I have after the kids go to bed, sweating! No! I want relax and watch tv.
After far to long of this behavior, I hit that point. You remember that point. I hit that point where I didn't want to be "that person" I had become. I didn't want to be "that person" who was unhealthy every day, in every way. I hit that point where I had to make a change. I had to do something!
I needed to kick myself in the @$$! I need to find that person I was! Or maybe, I needed to find that person who I thought I was going to be? Yes! That's it! I hit that point and decided to become that person that I saw in the mirror of my mind rather than that person I actually saw in the mirror! I WOULD BECOME ME!
I decided I am going to be that person who picks a chicken breast over a double cheeseburger! I decided I am going to put in some hours in the kitchen to cook healthy options over all the processed crap I had been feeding my body with for years! I decided that I will go sweat after the kids go to bed or I will go to bed early so I can get up before the sun and get my workout in!
I made a vow to do whatever it took to get there. I made a vow that I will walk those roads until I can jog those roads. Then I will run those roads! I made a vow to do push-ups on my knees until I didn't have to because I would become strong enough to just use my arms. I made a vow to earn every ounce I lose because I will do it with my blood, sweat, and tears! I knew the tears will come and I knew that they would NOT win!
I decided that I was worth that effort. I am worth the sacrifice and hard work it will take the rest of my life to be that person that I knew I could always be. I will own what I have done in the past and I will bury it in my dust! I will be restrained no more by the limitations of my mind on what I can do! I owe that to myself. I shall overcome!
I have become the real me! I earned my success!
Be good to yourself,
(insert your name here)
Embrace Your Possibilities
Good Day Sparkville
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
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