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Setting And Keeping Small Goals...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012


This is a little long, about 15 min but I was pretty candid and speaking from the heart. I sometimes forget about how long something is when I am really getting into it.

Let me know if you were encouraged by this...

Robert


Keep reaching, if you fall, get back up. There is no tellng how far down the road you will be if you just stay with it. No telling how far your dreams will take you...
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SIERRAGOLD 10/21/2013 12:50AM

    OMG Robert... I'm bookmarking this to watch over and over again any time I need a pep talk, or reality check, or a kick in my rear! You have no idea what you said means to me right now. I sure needed to hear this and I feel ready to kick butt now.

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Barbara

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SCRAPPER1124 5/12/2012 5:04PM

    Man what an inspiration! totally motivated me, actually made me cry. Thank you for taking the time to make this VBlog and know that it truly does help people like me who have 150lbs to go. emoticon

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AUNTIEB82 5/2/2012 1:25AM

    Wow!! Thank you soooo very much for this. I am just now re-starting my commitment to losing the weight and getting healthy and I have a hard time sticking with it past a month or so.My trouble has always been that no matter how healthy I ate and the amount of excercise I did, I just ballooned out more. So of course I would just say screw it.But this time around is different. I plan on staying focused even through the ups and downs (no pun intended lol). Thank you for being a great motivation.

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KARIN1972 4/18/2012 11:39AM

    After falling off the wagon and gaining some weight back I logged into Spark and look what I found! ....your blog! Perfect timing, great motivation...and SO true!

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CTUPTON 4/16/2012 9:57AM

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thanks for spreading this message! Chris

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DEZZIEJAMES 3/22/2012 9:22PM

    Great v-blog. Thank you so much for sharing with us. You make me feel empowered that I can accomplish this journey!!!

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AJONES867 3/21/2012 11:37PM

  Thankyou so much for this Robert. Thanks for the inspiration. I feel as though I always fall short of my commitments and this has given me determination. The comment that you made regarding: Keep reaching, if you fall, get back up. There is no telling how far down the road you will be if you just stay with it. No telling how far your dreams will take you. This saying will be written on the front cover of my journal and saved in my phone and I will look at it daily....THANK YOU.... emoticon

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FRENCHYSONFIRE 3/21/2012 1:42PM

    Thank you so much for this Robert. I watched this at work and my eyes welled up with tears at the end not only because of the powerful message you've given to me in just short of 12 minutes, but because I can see it so clearly in your eyes (specifically at 11:49) how far you've come as a DIRECT RESULT of what you're saying here. I know I can do it too, I believe it so much more today than yesterday thanks to you.

Thank you. You don't know how much this has touched me.

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GEMINISUE 3/20/2012 11:47AM

    WOW! Thank You so much, I have 50 lbs to my first goal, I know it will happen. I will listen to this again and subscribe to your blogs.

Linda

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BELLAJENNIFER87 3/20/2012 7:22AM

    Thank you so much for this blog!!! Wow I needed this so much this morning and listening to you speaking the truth really opened my eyes!!! Again thank you this is a great blog

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ALIFEWORTHLIVIN 3/19/2012 8:35PM

  I appreciate what you are saying here. I've been a victim of my own "planning" and frustration when I didn't hit those marks. I quit because I didn't think it was working for me. Funny now...I look back and had lost over 30 pounds (but it wasn't working for me?!?!?! LOL!). Getting back on track is a lot of unfolding too. Very motivating blog. Thank you! Just what I needed to get back to it.

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DUET002 3/19/2012 4:56PM

    This is amazing. Thank you for posting this.

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LUCYTHOM 3/18/2012 10:21PM

    You have motivated me so much. I can't even wrap my head around the amount of weight I need to lose, so I'm not trying to lose weight. It's a head game, I know. I'm just trying to get healthy because of a couple of chronic health conditions. If I try to lose weight, I know I'll fail. If I try to get healthy, I think I can do this (with weight loss being a side effect). I'm hearing you when you talking about setting and keeping the small goals. Then I need to have something to look forward to, and can challenge myself with larger goals. And the beat goes on! Thank you!!

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NPA4LOSS 3/17/2012 9:59PM

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!

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COLETTEISGREAT 3/17/2012 6:37PM

    Wow... I really liked your whole blog, but I think I'm most impacted by what you said at the end... I have no idea where my dreams are going to take me in 2 years... but thinking of how far I've come... wow. I'm already a completely different person than I used to be, and I'm not that far into my journey: I've lost 6% of my weight, and my goal is to lose about 20%. I can't wait to see who I am in 2 years' time!!

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GRAPHICS2 3/17/2012 6:05PM

  Thanks for the inspiration you are imparting. I find it really difficult to follow through on most commitments I make. Your blog has given me a new determination to try again. Thank You so much. emoticon

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GARDENQE2 3/17/2012 5:49PM

    Great, Robert!
"The inner judge" is my worst critic!
I'm glad I'm not the only one. Thanks to you, she now has a name!

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CRYOGENIC 3/17/2012 2:24PM

  Robert. Truly Inspiring. Thank You.

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ANIMEDANCER 3/17/2012 2:01PM

  Wow, that was a really great message and it is coming at a great time for me. Even when I see progress I sometimes feel like "why bother". I have never been slim and it is so hard to wrap my mind around the possibility. So instead of looking at where I want to end up, I'm trying to just look at each day as it comes and make the best choices I can for that day.

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MUN_SILVER 3/17/2012 1:53PM

    nice!

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SUGARBEACHES 3/17/2012 12:13PM

    emoticon Thank you so much!! I needed to hear this today!

God bless you!

Pam

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ANDBEYOND 3/17/2012 12:04PM

    so true, if you dont get up you are automatically defeated!

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DEMALAY 3/17/2012 4:34AM

    Thank you so much for your wonderful words of wisdom and advice. Listening to you describe your progress towards a marathon from 5 km made me choke up as well as it made me recall my own very similar path. I too started as a non-runner carrying excess weight to complete a marathon. It is incredible what can be done just by taking small steps, and I still get emotional thinking about finishing what seemed like an "impossible" challenge at the time. Thanks once again and keep up the fantastic work!

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SHOOPETTE 3/17/2012 3:31AM

    The most amazing, motivating heart warming blog ever; and I love to see the bike and books and water bottle in the back ;)

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WINDSONG~ 3/17/2012 2:17AM

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SEEMAINE 3/17/2012 12:19AM

    emoticon You've cleared things up in my mind. I lose and gain over and over again. I've been at the point of giving into the idea of giving up on myself and losing weight. My self-talk is "why lose it only to gain it back"? A person close to me chides me and says that I never finish what I start in regards to weight loss. It's crazy - isn't it?

Now I know and appreciate small goals every day - no matter how small they are, they're steps in the right direction!

emoticon vlog! Thanks again!

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CM_GARDNER78 3/16/2012 10:44PM

    This is a fantastic blog!! Worth every minute!! I love this...........I will come back to this one more than once, I'm sure! Thank you!! :-)

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JERSEYFLOWER 3/16/2012 9:28PM

    Robert - quite simply the most powerful advice I have heard you share to date. Thank you.

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MARIE-STRONG 3/16/2012 8:44PM

    Thank you so much for that!
Small steps and self-respect are crucial for anything you want to accomplish. Thank you for reminding us!

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KIPPER15 3/16/2012 8:16PM

    Wow, very heart felt and inspiring. Just what I needed right now. The hardest earn respect is self respect. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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PRIMALMICHAEL 3/16/2012 7:17PM

    Nice. I am in complete agreement. I see people trying to tackle everything all at once and having the end result as the only goal, and I tell them, you need small steps. You need those small goals. You have to find that satisfaction in the process if you are going to do this in a healthy way.

Thanks for sharing this, guy.

Michael

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SLIMTHICK2 3/16/2012 6:35PM

    Yes I have been encouraged, thank you and all the best. emoticon

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MRSWHITEWOLF 3/16/2012 6:32PM

    Great video blog. The we'll see...so how true. May I ask what program you used to make a video bog? I have been going 4 years myself and even heavier but for different reasons, not from unhealthy eating and definitely not from lack exercise. I wish I could lose weight. I keep trying and I won't give up. Medical reasons, very rare disease that I have, keeps me from losing but I am fighting it all the way and maybe it will happen. I am on a "eat to live" "the healthy edge" which is a way of eating for life. It is small one day at a time. You are doing awesome and keep up the great work!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/16/2012 5:01PM

    MOST MOTIVATING Video Blog I have ever watched and listened to.Robert wow,I want to say I Love You,but I don't want you to take it wrong and you may be married,as I am!
OMG,I started to get weepy and you touched my heart in a way that I cannot describe with words.I was feeling really low and discouraged and wonder if I ever will lose weight and suddenly after watching and listening to you I realized it will happen and to Never give up this journey,it will by golly me happen! You have given me inspiration,
hope and a new Motivation I was drained of and for that I am humbled and thankful Angelwendymama recommended this Vlog to us and I am glad I came here.Your the emoticon emoticon emoticon and deserve a Special Spark Recognition and Award! emoticon Again and I am so so blessed to have found you when I needed a Kick emoticon to get me back to the small consistent steps to success.Thank you emoticon emoticon emoticon An admiring fellow Spark member with over a 100 pounds to lose. emoticon Diana

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KAT_79 3/16/2012 4:54PM

    Thank you very much for that beautiful message. I felt like you knew all of my hurdles exactly. You gave many good ideas which I will be applying.
Thanks again

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BACKATITAMY 3/16/2012 4:17PM

  Yes, you have re-motivated, re-inspired me today. I needed your words today. I have fallen off the "wagon" with diet and exercise for the past month and a half. I kind of lost my spark. Your words today have helped me reignite it though. Thank you. When ever i'm feeling down on myself i'm going to come back to your vlog. Please don't ever delete it. Thank you for sharing.

Amy

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 3/16/2012 2:13PM

    Very inspirational. I am doing the small things-- tracking my food, trying to stay in my nutrition ranges, getting 5+ freggies a day, exercising 10-30 minutes a day (sometimes more), trying to get my 100 sparkpoints a day. The weight loss is slow, but it is happening. My goal is to have a healthy lifestyle more than a certain number weight loss.

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MIMOTOGO 3/16/2012 2:08PM

    BRAVO! (STANDING OVATION)! What a great v-blog Robert!

You have no idea how much I needed this today. I did not get to see it 3 days ago when you posted it, but I knew it was there and had time today to watch it. Your passion is so endearing and your very heart felt experience, very motivating.

It's so true, when someone comes to terms with loosing weight, they usually don't have very much self esteem/confidence/respect. And I love the point that you brought out: “The rational mind needs a reason to believe.” I had not really thought about that, but it is so true. You have to have a series of accomplishments before you start to have confidence in yourself. It's like knowing if you can lift something or not. You would have had to try it several times before you knew if you could do it or not.

Our bodies do have their own time table. And it's so true, Environmental control and exercise are really the only things we can control. And the one thing I am really going to meditate on is, what you said about “self respect”. It's the hardest thing to earn. So profound. You gave me something to chew on Robert! Thanks for your inspiration.

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SPARTANGIRLIE1 3/16/2012 11:42AM

    Wow ... This vlog spoke to me so much.. It came at a time when I was feeling my small goals weren't nessicarly accomplishing anything. You have a passion that comes through so much! You are an inspiratio and truly encouraging.

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LRK4CHRIST 3/16/2012 11:09AM

    Thx for sharing!

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 3/16/2012 9:13AM

    This was awesome! Just what I needed to hear!

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KISHYMARIE 3/16/2012 7:30AM

    All I can say is that I hope someone is able to shine this kind of caring and honesty and GOODNESS back on you, like you just did to all of us who watched this. I don't ever watch video blogs, but just happened to check in on yours. Seriously, truly, that was fabulous.

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METAMORPHUS 3/16/2012 7:23AM

    thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooo much robert!
you have no idea but you over mega uber inspired me
thanks a lot

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JLEMUS1 3/16/2012 6:38AM

    Awesome blog...Thanks... emoticon

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JULIA1154 3/15/2012 8:31PM

  I don't usually watch video blogs but San Diego John thought this one worthwhile so I cued this up and jogged in place while listening. All I can say is that you absolutely nailed it!

I hope every Sparker listens to this at least once and takes the lessons to heart. There are any number of rock solid insights here that apply not just to weight loss and fitness but to every aspect of life.

Thank you.

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EMMIE106 3/15/2012 6:24PM

    Bravo!

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MAUREENGRACE1 3/15/2012 5:46PM

    WOW Robert you truly are an inspiration to hear you. The honesty and depth of feeling you have has come through loud and clear! Good on you! Keep it up your fan club needs you! emoticon

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ALUAPPA 3/15/2012 3:06PM

    Such an inspiring and encouraging vlog. Well done, you are truly amazing.

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NURSNANA 3/15/2012 2:57PM

    Excellent video blog! Thanks you for sharing your journey, you are an inspiration to all of us. Very good advice too.

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WATKINSJO 3/15/2012 11:52AM

    Thank you Robert. This was just what I have needed for a while now. I have been fighting with myself with these same issues. I'm going to just relax, keep controlling the things that I can control and let the rest just happen. emoticon

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