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Why I do what I do....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

This is a picture I have shared before of me on the right and my best friend on the left. I think this might have been the heaviest weight for both of us.

We've both been on our healthy lifestyle journey for just about four years now. Here are a couple of pics during that journey:

This is one of my favorite just because we were laughing at the finish line.

Biking riding around the lake - changed a few hobbies.

Got a little muddy along the way.

Wore a tutu a couple of times.

Didn't give up when the going got tough.

Changed the future for my children.

Watched my daughter face some challenges on her own.

Even got certified by this guy to be a boot camp instructor.

So why am I sharing this hit parade? I continue to think back on this one individual in my life who told me they didn't want to have go give up what they were eating to get healthy. The person was morbidly obese just like I once was.

I've listened to countless people tell me why they can't do it. I'm too old, I take medication, I'm too busy, I'm injured, I don't know what to do, this way is just easier, I've always been fat, I'm just genetically programmed to be this way, yada, yada, and forever freaking yada with the reasons why we can't.

We doubt. We fear. We procrastinate. We blame. We make up reasons to protect ourselves. If we don't try, we won't fail. We've failed before right? Isn't this way just easier? It hurts to workout. I have cravings!

Okay I just want to know has a craving ever killed anyone?

It's expensive to eat healthy. That one is just not true. I can eat a completely healthy meal on less than you spend on the six pack of diet soda.

It's hard.....well yes it's very hard. Change is hard. Life is hard. Being fat is hard. Pick you hard.

So here is why I chose the healthy lifestyle - I feel great. I sleep better. I breath better. My heart rate is better. All my blood work is normal. My health risks have come down. I have fun with my kids. I run with my dog. I lift weights with my husband. I teach boot camp and a Women Living Healthy care group for my church. I L.I.V.E. In ways that I wasn't allowing myself to live before.

What I did was to give up the excuses and choose my hard. So what are your excuses? Write them on a piece of paper, turn on some Adele really loud and burn those suckers. Literally, I encourage you to do that. Use the imagery to remind yourself that they are gone and you can't get them back.

My list included, my thyroid doesn't work and I take two meds for that. I'm middle aged (started losing when I was 46). I'm injured - pin in one knee, one thumb, and now one shoulder), and I have 2 herniated disks. I'm a foodie - still am I just eat healthy food. I don't know how - I didn't either and that is why I studied and became a certified personal trainer. My family doesn't eat that way - well now most of them do.

The list could go on. All I know is it takes one step at a time, and one day at a time, and nowhere ever - not a single person - in this journey is going to be perfect. Let that go.

Choose to live.

Face your fear.

Don't give up.

Be the force of nature that is unstoppable.

Many thanks to SUSIEWHITE1109 (here on SP) and my daughter Rachael for all our running adventures. Next up this weekend the Foam Fest 5k. Stand by for more crazy pictures posting soon.

Don't be held prisoner anymore to the food that is killing you. Please change. Trust me it is worth it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
G33K10V3 8/14/2013 7:54AM

    Be the force of nature that is unstoppable.

I love it! Thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/4/2013 1:53AM

    This blog was so awesome that I shared it with my husband.

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MAW_OH 5/31/2013 1:40PM

    You both are great inspiratons! Thanks!

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TDEMAIO2 5/23/2013 6:20AM

    WOW what an inspiration you both are : ) emoticon

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CFMOSS 5/17/2013 7:12AM

    Thanks for your story lots of laughter to work through the Hard.

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LYNNIERN 5/6/2013 11:39PM

    So very AWESOME!!! Thank you for sharing your photo journey, it's inspiring!! emoticon emoticon

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KITTY43351 4/25/2013 11:26PM


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HOLLYM48 4/25/2013 8:15AM

Great blog and very true. i picked the workouts and eating healthy hard because it isn't as hard as being overweight that is for sure!
Great job on losing and becoming the best that you can be! emoticon emoticon

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REALKIEKEY 4/25/2013 1:12AM

    Awesome journey! emoticon
You two look great and happy!

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  emoticon ! you 2 look amazing!

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FUNLOVEN 4/22/2013 11:50AM

    Absolutely amazing! Changing your lifestyle - great - achieving your goals - great - becoming lean & mean - great - doing it with a friend - PRICELESS !

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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/22/2013 11:09AM

    emoticon I choose to LIVE as well! Very well said blog! Your journey has been amazing and very inspiring to me. I am happy to be your friend and share in your journey as well.

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SARLIA 4/22/2013 7:03AM

    Wonderful and inspirational story. It's great that you had a best friend to join you. emoticon

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STEPHLOKI 4/22/2013 3:11AM

    Thanks for sharing this. You are a go-getter!

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FLIPPINFIT08 4/21/2013 3:29PM

    I love this post and you both look amazing

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/21/2013 3:23PM

    Heck yeah!! Good for you!! Thanks for sharing your inspirational rebuttal to the standard protests/excuses so many people allow themselves to make rather than facing the challenge of getting healthy. :)

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STRONGDJ 4/21/2013 8:42AM

    WOW! Yes, exactly.

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STAYINGTHIN3 4/21/2013 5:47AM

  Thank you for sharing your story--you are an inspiration!

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    Very awesome!

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MERRYMERRY6 4/20/2013 3:47PM

    Super inspiring! emoticon

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KALEWINE 4/20/2013 3:16PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ARIANORCHID 4/20/2013 8:15AM

  Great effort, and it paid off.

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ANGELN325 4/20/2013 6:50AM

    This is the most inspiring blog I have read and it's because you shared all your obstacles you have. Sometimes I get very frustrated with my body because of the injuries. Every time I feel I'm moving forward and then my back will act up, or my knee or some other part of my body. Now I have an injured shoulder that I'm working through. I tried doing a wall push up yesterday and that was well...very painful. I sometimes want to give up, but then I think like you. I want to live. I want to be able to do more. So seeing someone experience success with some of the same limitations I have is very inspiring. It's really making me see these more as obstacles that I need to overcome. I've been doing at home physical therapy for my shoulder and I've been reading up about how I can heal my back, but may do therapy for that as well when I get the other things taken care of since it may take traction to fully resolve the issue. But I'm doing what I can every day and hoping that someday I will have that success photo album I'm looking at now with you. It will be awesome!

Making changes are hard. It's easy going with what we know, but it's hard being heavy. It's more stress on my body. It compounds my issues so I'm with you. Life is hard and I'm picking my hard. I want to get healthier through good nutrition, exercise, and taking care of myself. Each change I've successfully implemented was hard only at first. Once I get used to it, it becomes easy. Like when people talk about giving up soda. I did that a long time ago. Don't miss it much. Once in a great while, I have a soda, but it's not even an every day thing. More like once or twice a month if that. Going to bed early so I get enough sleep at night has paid off big dividends. Love my sleep now and will fight for it. And I'm sure the rest of the habits will be that way.

Thank you again for such an awesome blog!

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SPEEDY143 4/20/2013 12:43AM

    yada, yada, yada.... can't agree more!!! Pick your hard... evolve or die emoticon blog. LOVE your smiles emoticon emoticon

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AGILECAT 4/19/2013 8:00PM

    You tell it! Life's hard, fat's hard, getting healthy is hard, so pick your hard...LOVE THAT!

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SLRASSLL 4/19/2013 7:46PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I hear the same things from those around me and sometimes it really brings me down. I am so glad to hear that others have faced that and feel the same way.
You are an inspiration! Keep it up! emoticon

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NUMD97 4/19/2013 6:13PM

    Can I adopt you? Boyohboy, who knew this was the blog I needed to read today? Thanks so much for posting.

OK, OK, if I can't adopt you, at least I can follow your adventures! How divine to be able to do this with your best friend. Unfortunately (huh?) my best friend is just not fat. I think having a "partner in crime" is half the fun and helps with the battle.

May the two of you continue to rock on well into your 90s!

All the best as you continue on your journey to better health,


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SUNSHINEGB 4/19/2013 5:24PM

    I LOVED your blog! And you look like you're really enjoying yourself in the photos, something you couldn't/wouldn't have done if you hadn't ventured on your journey!

Thanks so much for such an inspiring blog!
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TERRIPAL1 4/19/2013 4:22PM

    Congrats , and way to go, thanks for all the encouragement!! emoticon

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    Impressive 4 year journey, best of luck maintianing the momentum over the next 40 years. You are my role model!

I like the 20% exercise / 80% Diet back ground.

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SARIANEC 4/19/2013 3:42PM

    Wow! Thanks for writing the blog and showing the pictures. It is truly great to have such a close friend go through the process with you.

My support is my sister. She is always encouraging. I need to be sure I get a picture of her and I soon.

Our hold out is our mom. She is in her mid 70's and having knee problems due to her weight. She tries, but always falls back to the same old way of cooking.

I think I've finally convinced her that our family gatherings need to be healthier ones and we need some NEW traditions, or new ways for old traditions. emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 4/19/2013 3:41PM

    Very motivating! All the can't won't don't in the world won't make the weight come off or one's life be happier. Just get out there and move! Love it :-)

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MARSHAD1953 4/19/2013 3:36PM

    emoticon Awesome post!!!
Very motivating. I really agree. Choose your hard! Makes so much sense.
Thanks and congratualtions!

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KAB7801 4/19/2013 3:32PM

    Thanks emoticon

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JMCMAHAN731 4/19/2013 2:52PM

  Awesome story!!!!

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FIRECOM 4/19/2013 2:40PM

    INSPIRATION! Not many can wear mud and look that good.

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CHICKPEA23 4/19/2013 1:49PM

    Very inspiring!! Thank you for sharing your journey and congratulations on your success!
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SHANNONY84 4/19/2013 1:30PM

    AMAZING BLOG! I love the pictures! Keep on keeping!

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RSCHIENH 4/19/2013 1:22PM

    just what I needed to start my weekend, no excuses!!

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VEACHXCL 4/19/2013 1:06PM

    Tell it how it is!! Loved it!

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JOHNSJ1 4/19/2013 12:52PM

    I choose to live healthy that will be my hard. I bet you are a great personal trainer. God Bless you for your encouraging words Thanks a bunch

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    Looks like you're having a BLAST! That ROCKS!

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