Friday, April 18, 2014
Once upon a time there was a beautiful woman who was a marathon runner and training for a triathlon. She became ill and gave it all up for almost 2 years. Then a little over a month ago at her highest weight ever (267.2) she said enough was enough and she began a new adventure.
She remembered a place where everyone was taking on new challenges everyday. They all greeted each other with love and acceptance no matter the crusade before them. She quickly ran to the village of Spark and as expected she was greeted with open arms. She quickly made friends and they all cheered her on as she made strides towards her new quest.
There are many dragons along the road to her beloved prize. These are fierce dragons indeed that hope to stop her in her tracks. Evil wizards lay around in wait to pounce on her. Some want to put her in a dream state and tell her everything is OK where you are. Why change yourself? Others want to make her feel so guilty over her past that she is too bogged down to carry on. With each new level of her quest comes a new nemesis. The old ones eagerly following behind at her heels just incase she takes a clumsy fall back.
However, our fierce warrior is not alone. As it was said at the beginning of this tale she had made many friends. Through the powers of the mystical internet she is able to call out to them when in need. They are miraculously always near her in heart and soul.
Today's quest began on her fiery red stead. As she peddled to new lands that she had not discovered before she came to a hill that she though she would never travail. Those Wizards and dragons told her she was way out of shape. She had let herself go over the past couple of years and would never reach her goals again. However, from a far off place she began to hear whispers of love. "You will never know if you don't try," He said. Then many more voices joined in. We are here for you and we will be here with you even if you get half way up and have to walk the rest.
With this new found strength she put Domane in gear and said let's do this for me! For today, I will conquer my fear. For as you know, Fear is the greatest dragon of all. With determination and courage, she began to pedal as hard as she could. She huffed and puffed and pulled on Domane. She dared not look up because the fear of the distance yet to go would surely derail her efforts. Within moments she noticed the pedaling became easier. She even had to start shifting again. When she looked up the dragon was behind her. She had met this fight and came out the victor. With hands raised high she let out a scream, "I AM THE QUEEN OF THE WORLD!"
My tale does not end here though. On the contrary it has just begun. For many a new dragon and wizard are lurking around. She may not always come out of each quest with out bumps and bruises, but one thing is for sure she will always come out!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Yep, I made it to my first mile marker. My first goal is finished, but I'm not! The great thing about goals is there is ALWAYS a next one. I don't want to get ahead of myself. I don't want to get tripped up looking at the future, but I also don't want to loose sight of my goal either. So, I made little goals along the way.
I have noticed many people want to learn to run. They want to put that big goal 5K, 10K, 13.1 or even the big 26.2. I have been in their sneakers. To get to those goals I had to learn to walk, then jog, then run. When I start a walk or run or bike or even a swim, I Have the finish line goal, but along the way I put mini goals. Sometimes it is as simple as I will run to that next tree. The important thing is that they are doable, they build my confidence. Most important, they add up. They add up to a finish line. They power me to keep moving on.
Life is filled with stuff. Life gets in the way all of the time. However, I still have goals. Along this journey, I have built in small goals. Goals that add up to the next big Goal. The important thing is that I keep going forward to the goal. Runners and Bikers are some of the greatest athletes. We don't care how far or how fast you go. We just get excited when you step up and step out. We are excited to count you amongst us.
So, today join me. Take that step and keep moving on. Celebrate with me! I don't care if you have been doing this and lost 100+ lbs or just excited because you made a good choice for your first meal. Celebrate your accomplishment. You deserve a
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Day 30 is my first mile marker goal and I am almost there. I am so excited! I have upped my exercise which has in turn upped my calories burned so once again, Spark has recommended I up my calories consumed. Well, by all means I would never want to say no to a Spark suggestion...LOL!
I was so excited about my walk today. I am increasing my distance and speed. Today I went 2.5 miles and averaged 16:41 per mile. I am going to be ready to start running again real soon. My legs are feeling stronger. I can't believe I am going to say this, but I love doing squats every night before bed. It feels amazing now and I am starting to see the results.
So, what am I going to do when I meet my first goal. Well, I am going to buy myself a new book for Kindle. I love to read. I am a huge Nancy Drew fan. I use to own most of the books in hardback, but donated them last year to some girls who wanted to read and fell in love with them also. I am now trying to buy them all on Kindle. So, that is my prize on Sunday. For 30 days of dedication to me, I am going to reward myself with a 5.99 Nancy Drew book on Kindle.
I am glad I am 30 days strong and feeling good. I am down 13 lbs and I have another weigh in tomorrow. Don't get me wrong I want to loose the weight, but today I can say I am more excited about the dedication part. 30 days is a big deal for me. 30 days of taking care of me. Something I forgot to do for so long.
Here is to Me! Here is to You wherever you are on your journey. We are in this together. Keep moving forward.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
So, I made it through the dreaded week 3. YEAH! It makes week 4 all the easier for me. I did not struggle during week 3 thanks to lots of wonderful people on my DBTFG team. So, now I march forward.
Last night I took the time to right out a bunch of mini goals. When I say a bunch I mean 25. I actually listed them on my reminders on my iPhone so that I could check them off as I do them. It felt good. I have never done that before. I mean I have always had the BIG goal and have laid out a couple of smaller ones. This time though I made different ones. I included some weight goals, days in a row I stick with it goals and athletic goals for running, biking and swimming. I also put wearing my wedding ring again on there. When I break up the big goals like this, they seem attainable.
I also thought long and hard today about the why do I want to do this. I will admit in the past it has always been for someone else, usually my husband. Please don't think for one moment my husband is one of those guys who is pressuring me to loose weight. He has, is and will always love me at whatever size. However, I always felt I wasn't good enough for him. That maybe if I was thinner it would some how make our marriage perfect. Silly me! No, this time I am doing this because I want to.
In the past, I would fail because I was afraid to meet my goal. I know that sounds strange, but I had so many what ifs in my head, like what if my husband doesn't find me attractive anymore. What if I gain it all back? OK, I never said the fears made any sense. They were just fears that I carried around. No more!
Last, I failed in the past because I put my life on hold until...... Yeah that's right. Fill in the blank. I didn't think I was worth anything until I met my big goals. I didn't think I would be beautiful until. I didn't think I could run until. I didn't think I could do anything until. Well, no more unties because they never come! I want to do what I want to right now! Today is what counts, not until!
So what do I do from here? Easy, I keep going forward. Change is good and it is always happening. It isn't waiting until and it doesn't matter how my life will be when it does. I am changing because life around me is changing. I am going to live TODAY! I am a strong, beautiful woman TODAY!
HUGS to all of you strong beautiful people out there!
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