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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 is...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.
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BIGFAMILY9 4/19/2013 12:25PM

    Wow! How great was that? I have really been fighting not wanting to do it but have anyway (working out) and I needed the pep talk to reinforce all of what I was feeling. Kinda makes me feel like a warrior right along side of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PURPLE180 4/19/2013 12:24PM

    Love, love, love this blog! I picked my hard and that was to get healthy, I must say that this "hard" has proven to be easier than Ii thought. All it takes is a little bit of effort and the desire to change. (I wish I could "like" this blog 100 times.) Well done and congrats to you and your friend. You all have done an AMAZING job! :-)

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35ANGELS 4/19/2013 12:21PM

    What an awesome blog, I love the "choose your hard" So true.

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NIKKICOLE83 4/19/2013 12:17PM

    YOu are so encouraging and your story is so uplifting. You are so right. This life is hard. I prefer this type of hard over how hard it was to walk up a flight of stairs, or sleep, or breath laying flat on my back.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/19/2013 11:48AM

    Thansk for sharing

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RACHCOX 4/19/2013 11:22AM

    WOW!! YOu are quite a motivator. COngrats on your success and thanks for sharing.

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    emoticon Thank you for sharing. Your blog is very inspirational.

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HALFMYSIZE71 4/19/2013 10:44AM

    Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. I have tears STREAMING down my face right now!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!

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MANILUS 4/19/2013 9:46AM

    Congrats to you and yours, amazing! It is so much easier to complete the journey with a buddy, my husband is mine!

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KRICKET57 4/19/2013 9:31AM

    Very true. We have to face our own doubts to become the person we were meant to be. You have done that. Way to go!

Thank you for sharing your story and your inspiration!

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JLMCLUCAS 4/19/2013 9:19AM

    very inspirational

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    congratulations! Thanks for sharing.

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Congrats on your success and congrats on blog being featured

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BABY77A 4/19/2013 6:14AM

    Thanks for blogging. You are an inspiration!

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    you guys are a great inpiration! emoticon

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LANEYTHEGIRL 4/19/2013 2:55AM

    Amazing and inspiring blog.

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JSEATTLE 4/19/2013 1:26AM

  Wow, what an inspiration! Just what I needed on this dreary rainy day. Thank you so much for sharing your great story!

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JERICHO1991 4/18/2013 11:08PM

    Encouraging story and photos. One step at a time.

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JMSA67 4/18/2013 10:49PM

    Wow! Thanks for this blog. You have a great friend, and you are a great friend. You must have been very motivational for each other. I love the journey pics. Keep on Sparkin' on!

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SUSIEMT 4/18/2013 10:37PM

    Bravo!! Great Blog!

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Love your blog!! Keep it up!! Thanks for sharing!

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  Nice blog. Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing!!!

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MARILYNROBERT 4/18/2013 9:11PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing this and thanks for all the pictures!

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MAVERICK59 4/18/2013 8:50PM

    Nice story.
Congratulations.

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  I really, really loved reading this. So darn encouraging. How great you have a friend to do this together!!! Thanks for sharing and the pics. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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You are VERY INSPIRING !
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Have a Fabulous Friday !

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! PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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AUNTWILLIE 4/18/2013 7:39PM

    What a great story those pictures tell! Amazing!

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TEACHING1ST 4/18/2013 7:24PM

    This is wonderful! Congratulations on all you've accomplished!

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LSIG14 4/18/2013 7:11PM

  Wow! You both are awesome! What a spectacular journey you have had and how great it is that you can share with the rest of us. I love the idea of burning the excuses so they are gone for good. Keep up the blogging as inspiration for us all!






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CAZLINR 4/18/2013 6:33PM

  What fun it was to read about your journey! emoticon emoticon

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LYNCHD05 4/18/2013 6:21PM

    Love the pics.......you have every right to be where you are now. You worked very hard to get there!

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    Wow...what an inspiration!!! emoticon

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    emoticon Great job to the two of you.

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