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Results from Weeks 19 and 20, and Remembering Zig Zigler

Friday, November 30, 2012

So the holiday season is upon us, kicked off with a few days with the family over Thanksgiving. My weight went up about 3-4 lbs. That was actually a small success in my book because it usually is much worse than that. But, getting back on track food-wise has been pretty good this week. I need to get more consistent with exercising, though...

I read in the news headlines that motivational speaker Zig Ziglar passed away yesterday. Such a tremendous loss :(

A couple of his quotes really hit home with my efforts to improve my health. One I posted as my status update:

“Regardless of what you are doing, if you pump long enough, hard enough, and enthusiastically enough, sooner or later the effort will bring forth the reward.”

It just served as a good reminder that this is not a short-term activity. I need to keep pushing, to remember that this is not a race, and to think about the results (both scale and NSV) I am experiencing and have yet to experience.

The other one I like, partly because the visual makes me smile:

"I'm so optimistic I'd go after Moby Dick in a row boat and take the tartar sauce with me."

How many of us bring that same optimism with us on our journeys to health? Or are we telling ourselves that we will “try” to make it work?

Especially if this is not the first go-around at losing weight or if you’ve never been thin, it can feel like an impossible dream. I am oftentimes my own worst critic, so, yes, I have had many thoughts of, “Can this really happen for me, too?”

The above quote helps to kick out the messages that would drag me down. Instead of being my own worst enemy with negative thinking, I need to think and act as if success is a foregone conclusion. To do anything less is to invite in self-doubt, and that has no place in my life.

What is your favorite quote to counteract thinking that could derail your efforts?
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    I know this sounds silly, but I saw Legend of Bagger Vance for the first time about 4 months ago. There was a certain scene when the main character had gotten way off course in his golf game and the dialogue "spoke" to me. It was about so much more than a golf game. This is the dialogue:

    Bagger Vance: What I'm talkin about is a game... A game that can't be won only played...
    Rannulph Junuh: You don't understand...
    Bagger Vance: I don't need to understand... Ain't a soul on this entire earth ain't got a burden to carry he don't understand, you ain't alone in that... But you been carryin' this one long enough... Time to go on... lay it down...
    Rannulph Junuh: I don't know how...
    Bagger Vance: You got a choice... You can stop... Or you can start...
    Rannulph Junuh: Start?
    Bagger Vance: Walkin...
    Rannulph Junuh: Where?
    Bagger Vance: Right back to where you always been... and then stand there... Still... real still... And remember...
    Rannulph Junuh: It's too long ago...
    Bagger Vance: Oh no sir it was just a moment ago... Time for you to come on out the shadows Junuh... Time for you to choose...

    I try to remember this when I'm feeling like I've gone too far off track to "recover."
    1909 days ago
    I found this quote a couple of days ago:
    "Every challenge you encounter in life is a fork in the road. You have the choice to choose which way to go - backward, forward, breakdown or breakthrough.” Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

    1909 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/30/2012 10:49:18 AM
    "No matter how slow you go you're still lapping everyone on the couch"

    Reminds me that this isn't a sprint it's a marathon. I am confident I can reach my goal, it's just the "when" that isn't concrete in my mind. It'll happen, maybe not as quickly as I'd like, but it will happen. emoticon
    1909 days ago
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