Thursday, September 23, 2010
I spent two plus hours in the car today driving to a client's office. I had the good fortune to listent to two CD's from the four CD set that my BFF gave me recently. It's called Challenge to Succeed by Jim Rohn.
It was truly an inspirational commute. Instead of mindlessly singing songs, or running through to do lists and daydreams, I spent the time actively engaged thinking about the process of making my life better. Part of that process is being honest with yourself and facing things head on. Taking responsibility for your actions and doing the little things each day that you know you should do.
I believe that with all of my heart. When I finally took ownership of my health and weight two years ago it was a frightening thing. I had hidden from cameras, mirrors, and reality. It wasn't until four different people at my company asked me to join the Biggest Loser contest that I really took a look at myself. Daily choices since then have lead to an 85lb weight loss and the best physical condition I've been in for 13 years.
I had the chance today to show SP to the woman who was training me. She shared that she wants to lose 85 lbs and it was nice to be able to sit there and say that I had done that and here's how... Hopefully she will be on SP this weekend setting up her page.
So honestly...self... get serious. I've gone about three days without logging any food and not doing a good job planning my meals. I think I'm too high on carbs and a little low on protein. So going to get back on track tomorrow with tracking and planning. I know the routine works, so I need to work the routine and quit slacking.
I read a quote this morning.... It is inevitable that life will be full of challenges...failure however is optional. I believe that was the wording, but I didn't write it down. So when you read this realize that you have the choice to succeed at this healthy lifestyle journey. Look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. What should you be doing that you aren't? Are you taking the easy way out and making excuses? Are you going to settle for failure, possibly one of many repeated failures at the same endeavor?
It made me think about a poster I saw not too long ago that had a row of the same image of a man with an umbrella...repeated over and over. It said if you do the same thing over and over, why do expect a different result? If what you're doing isn't working, then what do you need to change to make it work?
Do it now. Be truthful, sincere, and make some goals to get to where you want to be. No one is holding you back but you. I know that was true in my life.
Let me know what you are going to do to win.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I'm having a light bulb moment with regards to what I put into my brain and how I exercise it and what the longterm impact of that is.
I started a twitter account a couple of weeks ago because I have to learn how to use it for my company. So everyday I've been researching positive quotes and motivational sayings because I want my tweet to be something that puts a good thought out there and not just some random gossip.
I also started running a team here on spark people so I've been reasearching almost everyday for a tip of the day, a new strength exercise to try, new recipe, something that will help someone on my team.
You've heard the old saying garbage in, garbage out? Well I feel that I'm investing in putting good things in an I'm getting good things out. I feel mentally stronger, more equipped, and better able to handle my journey. Now the challenge of course will come when I say all of this and then have a stress moment later today or tomorrow. How will I handle it? LOL
I'm facing a month for the first time in 13 here on spark people I think where I might end the month without a weightloss. Right now I understand that my body is going through adjustments, that I'm getting stronger and healthier, that sometimes you don't lose etc. etc. So I'll be seeing my trainer this Sunday for my monthly check in and hopefully he will tell me something good about a better bodyfat percentage, or some improvement in my measurements, but even if he didn't I will still be okay.
I realize this is a lifestyle and I'll get to my number when I get to my number. If it's not in October like I had hoped so what. Twenty years from now when I'm facing aging in a much healtheir form will it matter that it took 16 months, or 20 months? No, it will just matter that I kept going, and got there, and then stayed there. That I didn't give up, give in, or quit.
I found a new person to follow on Twitter today and I'll be making her recipe for breakfast brownies.
kfast-brownies/ Brownies and coffee for breakfast - how awesome is that?
Take some time to add strength training for your mind. It's worth the investment. Two books that I keep by my desk: 212 degress the extra degree by Sam Parker and mac Anderson Success Defining Moments from the pubilsher of Success Magazine. I'd also recommend picking up a copy of Success Magazine next time you're at a bookstore. It motivates me every month.
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