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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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OHMEMEME 4/18/2013 5:34PM

    Love this! Thanks for Sparking! I will friend you just to keep up! Love the motivation and inspiration. I am glad to find people like you that have stuck it out and kept it going. I am in year two of Sparking and healthy living. I still get discouraged and still make excuses some days but most days I just do it.

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TREE57 4/18/2013 5:34PM

    You both are so blessed to have each other. What an amazing journey, dispelling the ugly excuses and revealing what we are truly capable of!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 4/18/2013 5:05PM

    emoticon emoticon on all your hard work.

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MAMAOWLS 4/18/2013 5:04PM

    What a great blog. I appreciate your candidness and honesty. Keep up the great work.

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TPETRIE 4/18/2013 4:17PM

  Awesome, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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FRAN0426 4/18/2013 4:17PM

    Fantastic and keep movig, you rock. AWhat an adventure to share with a friend, and getting healthy together---Awesome ladies.

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PINKHOLLYWOOD 4/18/2013 3:52PM

    GD, this made me cry. You are addressing alllll those ugly, mean, nasty voices in my head that constantly tell me why I can't or shouldn't continue/start on this journey. Thank you I really, really, really needed this today, at this moment.

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PATTISWIMMER 4/18/2013 3:41PM

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MJ7DM33 4/18/2013 3:32PM

  You guys are emoticon ! Away with the excuses! Thx for sharing!

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BARBARASDIET 4/18/2013 3:15PM

    Great to have those photos!

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MIMIDOT 4/18/2013 3:14PM

    Thanks for sharing. I needed it! Now to convince myself to get back on track.

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JOYCRN 4/18/2013 3:13PM

    This is an awesome blog! Thanks so much for sharing. It must be fun to have such a close friend to do things and lose with!

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    You are strong and emoticon !

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    Wow!!! What motivation.....you're both amazing!! emoticon

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CICELY360 4/18/2013 2:42PM

  good blog

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SENIOR62 4/18/2013 2:34PM

  You both look great and look like you're having fun together.

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KAREN_NY 4/18/2013 1:49PM

    So happy for you to have your friend by your side through all of this, and so grateful you've shared it. I'm saving it, and sending it to someone special who is, well, stuck. Thank you.... and, of course, Congratulations on some big challenges well met!

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NENELALA 4/18/2013 1:46PM

    Thank you so much for this blog. You are amazing.

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NEWCHINELO 4/18/2013 1:32PM

    You are such true friends indeed!

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SPECIALGURL7 4/18/2013 1:29PM

    Thank you. This is motivation.

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    Thanks for the inspiration. :) emoticon emoticon

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CATHWREN 4/18/2013 1:25PM

    Great blog. Very inspiring. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/18/2013 1:22PM

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SALLYKWITT 4/18/2013 1:14PM

    Excellent post, very encouraging. Thank you.

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SLIMINMIND 4/18/2013 12:54PM

    when i am down- i will read this again for the kick in the butt that i need!
thanks!

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LOLAINSC 4/18/2013 12:47PM

    I am truthfully too old, too arthritic, too injured to do what you do, but I am not too old, arthritic, and injured to do what I do. Although I will be leaving this earth soon enough, I haven't left yet. Not using what I can for as long as I can is my definition of sheer waste.

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FINALLYMOTIV8D 4/18/2013 12:37PM

    Awesome! i will burn my excuses ... because they are my downfall! thank you for the amazing and wonderfully blunt motivation! emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 4/18/2013 12:34PM

    Good for you!

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    Food for thought. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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HEALTHYHABITGAL 4/18/2013 12:20PM

    awesome blog - I need a buddy like that !

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NANCYANNE55 4/18/2013 12:06PM

    Well written, well said, and looks like well received.

Great blog!

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FITTOTRAVEL1 4/18/2013 11:56AM

  Thank you for writing this great, upbeat, get off your seat motivating blog. It will really help me get on with the hard choice!

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BUNNYKICKS 4/18/2013 11:54AM

    Best. Blog. Ever. Thank you.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/18/2013 11:46AM

    Thank you for an inspiring blog!!! I LOVE IT and I liked it!!!!

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FITMOMINNJ 4/18/2013 11:46AM

    Great blog. So true about the excuses..it is really up to all of us!!!
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    You are awesome, amazing, and inspiring!!! emoticon

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MINEA999 4/18/2013 11:44AM

    Awesome post!!! We really are full of excuses that are not really excuses. What a great thing for you and your BFF to share.

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