Saturday, November 06, 2010
Our greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius [quoted by, and often attributed to, Oliver Goldsmith, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nelson Mandela]
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
- Vince Lombardi
Stay in the game - keep playing.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
From caring comes courage.
- Lao Tzu
Each morning I get up and the first thing I see is me. The me that is wondering if this is really me. I mean I see the face in the mirror, but I see a thin face looking back at me....i'm not thin. I'm a bit chunky to say the least. But you know what? I"m not. I'm thin. Really i'm about to goal and the me I see each day is probably the me i'm going to wake up to for as long as I allow myself to stay healthy. I choose to stay healthy forever. I'm enjoying this ride. I love to exercise, I enjoy healthy foods, really I do, and I enjoy the energy I have now.
If I didn't care about the me im working towards I would of given up at the first sign of struggle. the first sign that I was stuck at a plateau for over a month, the first time I over did and showed a gain (now that is a regular monthy thing every now and again). I have moments of weakness. Moments where I eat a bit too much. Ok, a lot too much. You know the ones i'm talking about the moments where our eyes are so much bigger then our stomachs. The moments where I may have a soda instead of the water I really should be having. the halloween candy that I have a bite of now and again. I'm not perfect. I have struggles, and some of those im still working on. But i've never given up. Oh i've thought about it. I've often decided that I'd much rather eat that junk then worry about what i'm eating.
But i've stopped, woken up from the moment, and decided I was going to do this. I was going to see the magic number, I was going to reach my goals, I was going to see me the way I want to be seen. I was going to look in the mirror one day and like the me looking back. Well i'm there. I can't say I see the me looking back yet...i'm working on that. The mind can be fickle with weight loss, but i'm enjoying the ride.
So don't give up just because you have "moments", after all what a boring ride this would be if each day was like the last.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.
- W.J. Camero
Persistence. Persistence. Persistence
None of us are perfect. I know reading blogs, looking at pics, seeing the makeovers of all the success stories. These great people all have had to overcome challenges. Anything worth having in this world we have to work for. I know some want to take the easy route...you know there really is no magic pill for that....and then there are the rest of us. we get up each day with a new feeling of "I can do this", and by george we can. We just have to plan, fall down, pick ourselves back up, dust off our butts, and get back at it.
I know that I could of taken this weight off in a lot less time. But i've had "moments" oh so many it seems. I have to be honest though it was those moments that got me to this final lag of my weight loss journey. No, i'm not at the finish line....will I ever be? I hope not. Maintenance is lifetime and that is where I want to be. I read a message board last night that kinda bothered me...it was a women who had reached her goal...she is so low in weight that to stay there she eats only at home, very few calories, no eating out....she made that choice. she said she would rather be thin then to eat that other food. Now for me that isn't an option. I want to enjoy life. I want that piece of pizza, that snack size chocolate, those chips on occasion, I want to go to a cook-out and eat a hamburger. I want to enjoy the full extent of life. If that means i'm going to be at the top of my weight range well that is where I will sit.
We can finish this journey with ourselves intact. I have come so far and not just in weight, this journey has been about mistakes, healing, options and most of all CHOICES.
So when all else fails....continue.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela
WE HAVE THE POWER TO SEE THIS THROUGH. WE HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE IT TO THE END. YOU KNOW THE SAYING IF IT IS TO BE IT'S UP TO ME. THAT IS TRUE OF HEALTY LIVING AND LOSING WEIGHT ALSO. SOMETIMES WE DON'T SEE THE GOOD WE DO THROUGH THE BAD. EACH NIGHT I JOURNAL THREE SUCCESSESS FROM THE DAY. COULD BE AS SIMPLE AS DRINKING MY WATER, GETTING IN MY FRUITS AND VEGGIES, TO NOT STRESSING AT WORK, SURVIVING A TOUGH DAY, TO JUST GETTING UP AND MOVING. IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH GOOD IS IN OUR DAYS IF WE JUST ALLOW OURSELVES TO SEE IT. WE ARE SO QUICK TO PAT SOMEONE ELSE ON THE BACK, WHY NOT OURSELVES? WE ARE WORTHY.
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