Monday, May 05, 2014
I started this journey the first time around with a goal to get healthy for my future children. I was motivated and successful. I made great friends on this amazing website. I got many compliments as people noticed my success. 50 pounds were lost. It was amazing. Then life really happened. It's a funny thing... you can feel like you've accomplished so much... then you have kids. At a certain point, you give up control to these little wonders who take up so much of your attention and time and it's worth every single second.
Xavier just turned 5. Arabella will be 3 in August.
Your kids can only be your excuse for so long. I work 45-50 hour weeks. I have two amazing kids. My life is busy. While I've had great intentions to always keep on track and recommit and say the right things.... I never did the right thing. That's how I got to 283 pounds. The heaviest I've ever been (even while pregnant). Excuses.... we all have them.... when do they stop? When do you get off the couch and spring into action?
For me, it was when I stepped on the scale and saw the largest number I had ever seen. I knew.... I just knew.... I HAD TO CHANGE. Not just say the words.... but actual DO IT!!
After some self reflection I realized my attitude towards every day can impact my choices. If I allow the obstacles of every day to be my excuse... I'd never change. If I focused on the negatives, I'd never change. Committing to making POSITIVITY my focus was KEY! More than the weight. More than the commitment to counting calories. My attitude, outlook, perspective had to be number ONE.
I start each morning listening to K-LOVE ("positive encouraging K-LOVE"). While I'm not necessarily a "religious" person, I enjoy the positive messages that this station provides. They had a challenge at the start of the year to only listen to K-Love for 30 days. I found myself smiling by the time I got to work. Something so simple as the music you listen to, can make a difference. From there, I force myself throughout the day to focus on the positives. My life is not perfect.... but I do have a lot to be grateful for. I have an amazing husband. I have two beautiful children. That's more than a lot of people have. So for that I'm grateful for the day. See.... ball rolling... I'm on the positive track... keep moving.... this propels me to want to take care of myself.... to feel as good physically as I do mentally....
Fast forward and here we are... it's May! I'm down over 25lbs.... and I feel good. I'm HAPPY! I'm thankful. I'm still moving. I'm still motivated. I'm excited for what the future holds.
CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE! CHOOSE TO BE POSITIVE! That's the secret to success!
Cheers to a great MAY!!
May 1: 258.2
May 2: 259.9
May 3 257.7
May 4: 257.9
May 5: 256.8