A year from now, you may wish you had started today

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

"A year from now, you may wish you had started today"- Robert Schuller

Gosh, how that quote just resonates with me. There were so many times I would see photos and think - Gosh, if I would have just stayed on track last year instead of giving up, I could have been at my goal. I always wished I would have started the year prior. And now I think about where I was a year ago and far I have come since then.... and it's crazy. I am so glad I finally realized just how important this journey was to me and have worked toward it. I'm about 84 pounds down from my highest weight, losing about 57 lbs of that weight since January. I wouldn't change it for anything. I have been semi-slacking lately.. going to the gym 4 days a week instead of 6, slipping up at bbqs and parties with bad choices. But the things I have learned this year I can't and don't want to take back. I can't help but naturally look at the label of something, even if I do decide to eat it. And overall I make healthy choices.. and they don't even seem like a huge task anymore... it just comes naturally. I naturally don't eat pasta anymore, I naturally take the healthier of two options, etc. I have learned that I succeed if I prepare, so I have learned that I need to prepare. I know the initial few months of this journey, when most people first give up, are the HARDEST (you think) but I encourage people - don't give up. Get back up, try again tomorrow. If it takes you 5 years to get to your goal, well, at least you'll be there! Don't try to rush it... now, I'm not saying eat whatever you want and slack off... but if you fall, just get up. It's the BEST thing you can give yourself. Mine is the gift that keeps on giving - every time I see the numbers go down on the scale, every time I see somebody I haven't seen in a long time and don't feel like they're thinking "WOW, SHE GOT FATTER" and every time I complain b/c I have to buy smaller jeans ;) Just Keep Getting Back Up. You can have this if you want it. Research, knowledge is power. I cannot say that enough. Once I started really, REALLY learning about food and nutrition, it made so much of a difference. Once you know WHY, it's a lot easier to do. I still have a ways to go (about 55 lbs) but, it doesn't seem as daunting anymore, it seems achievable, which I like... and I don't feel like I need to lose it by tomorrow or next week. I know that if I do what I am supposed to do, even if I go through a plateau or a slacking period, As long as I am always working toward my goal and I get back up... it is achievable. Anyhow, I love quotes that are inspiring. They help keep me focused and when I'm having a bad week, help me to remember why I am going through this to begin with. Enjoy :)

"Listen closely: the only time it's too late to change yourself is when you're dead. Until then, you're simply making excuses or lying to yourself."

"Start doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you'll be doing the impossible! "

"Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."

"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your Destiny." Frank Outlaw
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  • RCW0442EHS
    Love the quotes. I've spent the week slacking and this is probably just what I needed to hear. Also, great job on your loss so far, the last 50 will be gone before you know it. Keep it up.
    2389 days ago
  • NATTY0488
    I love complaining about buying smaller clothes!!

    It sucks, but it's a good suck, lol.

    I don't really have the money to afford new clothes every month, but the fact that I need them because mine are too big is AMAZING!!!

    Keep it up!!!
    2389 days ago
    2389 days ago
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