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This isn't a sprint, not even a marathon. This is life.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

This isn't a sprint, not even a marathon. This is life.

I have written a few blogs lately about the successes I have been having. And for the most part, I am doing great. In the past few weeks I was able to reach a short term goal that has been a long time coming, dropping my first 50 pounds. I have had great fun working out and getting in activity with my trainer, aka my youngest daughter. Since January 1, I have not touched a carbonated drink nor any alcohol, water has been my friend. Life has been going great and the weight loss, increased energy and better health a blessing in my life.

But in the last couple of weeks the success has dwindled. Fitness minutes are harder to get in, calorie tracking more difficult and even eating nutritiously has been sporadic. I have been going through a setback or one of those obstacles that happen in life. My DW has been plagued with ongoing health issues and there have been some more worrisome moments recently. After Spring Break there has also been the busy-ness of work, including an audit which examined an area that is specifically my responsibility. Throw in wetter, more dismal weather and suddenly my walking has even started to dwindle and my motivation definitely lacking.

But this isn't a sprint to the goal and this isn't even a marathon. This is life. No one has ever promised us a perfect life without challenges. Through my wife's health issues, even my oldest daughter's disability, I have learned so much about patience, humility and accepting that life can, and will be, miserable at times. At the same time I have learned about hope, perseverance, and knowing that there are many great moments along this journey and more will be coming.

Just as life keeps going, I have to persevere. After years of being obese and out of shape, and now feeling the benefits of weight loss and better health it is clear to me that I have to keep active, striving for better health because I need it and the people around me as well. When I do not exercise and eat more "crappy" food I feel it. I get grumpier, I lose energy and I can not take care of those around me, including myself. In the past it would have been easier to give up and indulge in the comfort foods and waste time on the couch or by the computer. Now I see that those moments will happen and setbacks occur but because this is life, and just too important, I have to get back up and make sure my feet are headed in the right direction.

The successes may not be as quick, the rewards may be less frequent but that is okay because this is life and not every day has to be perfect. I just have to remember my goal, remember what is important and keep striving in that direction.

Note to those who get this far...honestly, this blog was more for me. It was really more of a journal entry to get my thoughts straight and to remind myself that setbacks are okay and I don't have to feel bad when they happen but also that giving up is not an option and that I do have to move forward. But also, because this isn't a sprint or even a marathon, it is okay when the set back lasts more than a day or couple of weeks as long as I do get up and get going... like I will do today and have been trying over the last few.
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    Andy I agree when we take care of ourselves we do better taking care of others.

    Let's do it this Fall!
    1671 days ago
    sometimes just putting it in writing helps to re-energize you again. 50 pounds is a huge accomplishment. I know, I've lost almost the same amount. It's taken me a year and a half. It's a long time to stay committed.
    1787 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2013 8:46:08 AM
    Thanks for sharing such an open and honest blog. It may be about you but is definitely something I can relate to as well.

    Congratulations on 50 lbs! That's awesome!
    1798 days ago
    I'm keeping you, your wife, and family in my prayers. emoticon emoticon
    1799 days ago
    Andy, thank you for again opening up your heart and being so real. I don't know about everyone else but it comforts me to know someone else struggles with staying on track when life gets in the way and like you reminded yourself we just have to keep trying and moving forward. I always find your blogs so inspiring and it's because you are so humble and honest with yourself and willing to share it with the rest of us. Your perseverance, and never quit just keep moving forward attitude has helped me so many times Andy, and we have been on this team together for a long time. I know life is challenging right now, and I see you are letting it make you a stronger better person, not a bitter person. That's always a win win situation. Keep hanging in there, and moving forward no matter what, like you are, and you will reach every goal you have set for yourself. You have done amazing this year. Even with all the curve balls that have come your way this school year you have stuck it out and kept trying. 50 pounds, gone forever! still keeping at the exercise even if you miss some days or minutes, no soda, and no alcohol, awesome on it's own but to stick to that through stress, is a great achievement!!!! You are doing awesome Andy!!!!!

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    1799 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/16/2013 8:51:36 AM
    This blog may have been for you-- a reminder of how far you've come, that today is what we make it as we strive toward our goals, and tomorrow still holds hope and another opportunity--but it resounds in all our hearts, and we needed to hear the same reminder. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. And may God bless you and your family. Hang in there--we're with you!
    1799 days ago
    Everyday is filled with choices and decisions. Sometimes staying on track is the way you choose, other times it isn't what you choose for that day. The most important thing is you continuing to move forward, even with life getting in the way. You have an amazing attitude toward the process and refuse to give up. That says a lot, especially to someone like me who has the tendancy to quit when life is in the way. Reading about your experience and everything you are seeing and learning along the way is a great reminder for your followers that they can always learn from mistakes and setbacks and continue to grow.

    Keep hanging in their and staying strong for yourself and your family.
    1800 days ago
    Prayers for your wife and her health concerns Andy.

    This blog may have been for you but it helps us when you write! You are inspiring. Thank you for sharing.
    1800 days ago
    well written wise words. helpful for me to read - thank you. wishing you and your family all the best.
    1800 days ago
    Aint it the truth Andy? Blog, journal whatever you need to get you past the hurdles. Yellow is there for ya!
    1800 days ago
    The best kind of blog--the one for you! Then, we know it's from the heart, is sincere, and will help you the most....which in turn helps us! Thank you... emoticon
    1800 days ago
    Profound and spot on. Keep picking yourself up and moving to the next goal. We stumble, but we can get back up.
    1800 days ago
    Great blog! Its good sometimes to put it on paper/computer to highlight things. You are doing so well, keep it up!
    1800 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Great blog Andy.really, this is what it is about....handling the curves that life throws at you. You are doing great with your 50 lb loss. That is pretty amazing isn't it. Just think if you hadn't been doing Sparks you most likely would have weighed more right now. So, like most of us we go through this with the ups and downs and just keep on trucking!!!!
    1800 days ago
    You are truly a wise man!!!!
    1800 days ago
    I hear you, Andy. I'm going through something similar. But you're right, this isn't a sprint - we just have to keep our focus and make sure we're going in the right general direction. We'll get there...
    1801 days ago
  • ARW715
    Love this blog, love the title. Words to live by.
    1801 days ago
    Congratulations on making your 50 pound goal! This is a good, insightful blog, thank you for sharing it with us. You have the knowledge and the tools to get through this and I am confident you will, Andy. You have been an inspiration and role model for so many of us, please know that we are here for you. emoticon
    1801 days ago
    I am so thankful for your blog today. It came to me at just the right time and lifted my spirits enough to remember that one day does not mean I have not stayed the course. I just deviated from it a bit. Life is a journey, not a destination. I plan to enjoy the journey and not let obstacles get me down, but find a way over them, around them or through them!

    1801 days ago
    This IS about L I F E and when stuff gets in the way, simply do the best you can while waiting for it to move on and allow you to focus once again. Work on NOT gaining rather than losing for a while as you deal with the challenges in your way - that way, you don't feel pressured by ONE MORE THING that doesn't get done while you are dealing with so much other stuff. (HUGS) You can make this happen
    1801 days ago
    Andy, your title says it all, ... "This is life".

    It's much easier to stay focused as we log our stats and joyfully see results. When we hit plateaus or "life" intervenes and sets us toward less beneficial patterns—in all areas of our lives, not just our health/fitness/eating—keeping up with our new habits can itself become the challenge.

    Thank you for sharing your process of reminding yourself about other ways to deal with the experiences you're facing. And... if we were Skyping right now, you could hear me giving you a round of applause.


    1801 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/14/2013 3:29:14 PM
  • DRB13_1
    wise words
    always hope
    better to be fit than skinny
    1801 days ago
    Beautiful blog :) Funny though, I wrote one this morning quite similar lol. Good luck to you. You have an amazing attitude and I appreciated reading this very much!
    1801 days ago
    Hey Andy,
    Hoping nothing but the best for you. I know how life has a way with making it's own plans for us. I've missed you challenging me with my fitbit (clearly one can tell since i've been on a 7,000 or less a day streak for a few days now...) Keep your chin up and give it what you can. You've made amazing progress. Just a few curves in the road but I know you can handle it. :0) Take care Andy.

    Felicia... er...Renee.. lol Felicia Renee!
    1801 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    50 pounds--WOO HOO!

    You are so right! It's hard to take care of yourself and everyone else at the same time. Just keep that great attitude and don't lose sight of your goals. Hope your wife is feeling better.
    1801 days ago
    Sending out positive thoughts and prayers for your wife and family.

    Yes, life can bring us many detours, it is the detour that we choose that can help us get back in the direction we want.

    When it comes to busy/things happen lives, sometimes our food choices can be very poor (fat laden fast food) when we think we can't eat healthy. But, there still is better choices, corner store versus grocery store for quick snack? Subway (so happy my son got me onto this place) versus McDonalds?

    Choices are there, it is up to us to choose the right direction.
    1801 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Congrats on the 50lb weight loss! That is awesome.
    You are right, we are in this for the long haul, it is all about the journey along the way. Life is tough, some days are tougher than others, some situations cause alot of anxiety and the question comes down to how we deal with these tough times.
    It sounds like based on your healthy habits that you have made, you are getting thru this, not perfectly, but that is ok, nobody is perfect and we can't be perfect everyday.
    Just keep on striving to do the best that you can and make those healthy choices knowing how the unhealthy choices are going to make you feel in the end and you wont want them!
    We are here for you along this tough, rewarding, challenging, and TERRIFIC journey, cheering you on every step of the way.
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    1801 days ago
    Keep on keepin' on! emoticon
    1801 days ago
    Life does get in the way. We have all been there!! But you have the right attitude and I know you will accomplish what you want to!! I'm here for you, cheering you on!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1801 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/14/2013 1:01:10 PM
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