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Let's get real! I need to be honest.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

So here's the deal, I feel as if I haven't been completely honest with you guys, not intentionally of course. Confused yet? Let me try to explain...

Is it possible to get up off your rear, get active, eat less, eat better and drop 77+ pounds like I did?
Yes.

Is it possible to go from doing nothing all day long to running half marathons like I did?
You bet.

Is it possible to go from hating being active, to craving it?
Absolutely.

Is it possible to go from eating a stupid amount of sweets to hardly being able to eat one bite of something because of how rich it seems?
Sure is.

ALL of those things are possible, and yes, you can do it... just like I've always said you can.

Let's get real!
Here's the thing, I think I somewhat forgot(not completely by any means) just how hard it is to GET those things.

It took me 9 months to lose 50 lbs, and I worked my butt off.

It took me 9 months of running 3-4 times a week, in freezing temps to heat advisories to get to where I could run my half marathon.

It took me 3 years to lose 77lbs, and drop from a tight 18 in jeans to a comfortable 8.

I know I never said it was easy, but I'm not sure I ever really made it clear about how much dedication, determination, motivation, and endurance it takes to ARRIVE in those places.

It IS possible, but you have to MAKE your mind up that you WANT this, and then you have to work at it EVERYDAY and be PATIENT for the day it comes.

Sparkpeople gives us an estimated date for our weight loss goals... and if we fail, or are just taking a little longer to get there, we get down. We may even give up. It's not about how fast you can get where you want to be, it's about GETTING there, period.

As I work at losing this extra baby weight, and get my miles back up with running, I have realized just HOW hard I worked for what I had and that I have to do it again.

I appreciate my 7 min miles way more now as I finally just made a 9 minute mile.

I appreciate my 10 mile runs more.

I appreciate the control I had with not overeating, the control to say no to a sweet or something unhealthy, the control to decide to do a 30 min ab workout over a nap...

I appreciate, and miss, having an unbelievable amount of energy for my kids (sleep at night would help too, but hey, a baby in the house, it is what it is)...

I'm fighting to get it back, and as I am, I just felt the need to tell you all that I'm sorry if I gave you these thoughts of going from a couch potato to a marathon runner in 2 months time, or whatever you thought when you've read my blogs. I know I've motivated many, which is always something I strive to do... but it order to succeed you need to know...

it's NOT easy!

It's NOT fast!

It's NOT comfortable!

I'm not saying throw in the towel, heck no! I'm saying you need to FULLY understand the work, and commitment involved, if you want to see big results.

When I've said you have to FIGHT for it, I MEANT it.
If you REALLY want this... then you REALLY have to go get it, it's not going to be handed to you on a silver platter.

Make up your mind.
Commit.
Want it.
Endure.
Join the fight... and rock it out.

Much love,
Em
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHERRYBETH84 5/27/2013 5:12AM

    Ha ha! But, Em... You make it sound so easy! :) If losing the weight isn't hard enough, keeping it off is even harder. It comes back on so easily and a whole lot quicker than it comes off! You are doing marvelous, and with a baby! I feel like a whimpy whiner compared to you. I want to kick my butt back into gear, or you will beat me into those size 8 jeans! You go, girl!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 5/15/2013 9:56PM

    I don't think I realized how hard it would be to get this baby weight off! I thought it would "fall off" after giving birth, I guess. Wow, was I WRONG. This is tough. Glad to hear I'm not the only one struggling. We all are!

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SUSIQZER 5/15/2013 1:51PM

    LOVE IT!! Great blog!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 5/15/2013 12:22PM

    Very well put! You are so right! It is just plain, simple, very, very hard work. No two ways about it. You have to want it and go after it, and not give up when the going gets so slow it is hard to see movement. So glad to see a blog from you again! emoticon

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EG8383 5/15/2013 12:05PM

  you always know what to say and reading this today makes me feel powerful. you're amazing my friend =) thank you!

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CC3833 5/15/2013 11:50AM

    Glad you're blogging again! And this concept had eluded me up until a few months ago. I have been a member of SP since 2009... but guess what? I didn't lose any weight. The last 7 months I have been actively trying to change my lifestyle... I lost 10 pounds. Really only since January did I start to lose weight. Even after I lost 8 pounds I didn't lose any inches. Then I added fitness and lost 2.5 inches. I am losing weight much slower, it used to bother me. Now I am in it for the journey not for the destination. I think a very important part of the journey, and what was holding me back, is a positive attitude. Not just with weight loss but in life in general. Once I adopted that the weight starting coming off. Your a great motivator and I hope I am one as well. You have lost the weight... even after kids!!! And though I am not there yet I am really enjoying the journey and I try to get the people around me to do the same. Life is too short and tomorrow is never promised!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/14/2013 6:45PM

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DRKEYEZ820 5/14/2013 6:33PM

    :) Im so glad I get to see a new blog LOL

ANYWAYS- with what you just said-
Oh boy do I agree with 10000000000000000% LOL-

Seriously I mean I was trying before my results, id have good days bad days, but I can honestly say I was half a$$ing is before.

I got my test results, and there was no stopping me. Im in it to win it. I don't want to be put on meds at 30 yrs old. and I sure as heck don't want a heart attack or stroke at 30 either!

I think were all here for the same thing, some of us fully committed , some of us are trying to find that spark. And until u find that spark, well its gonna take even longer to get there.

I know im speaking for myself but im sure others feel the same way- when u become a mom to a baby all over again, their needs tend to over ride your own. As much as we all like to think that we are wonder women , were obviously not.

Em- I know how dedicated you are, and I know u will get back to where u want to be :) just make sure to tell your self its ok not to be perfect, because u do have a 3 little ones. A new routine is always hardest to conquer-
Once ur all established with a new routine, things will start moving faster the direction u want it to be !:)

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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/14/2013 5:29PM

    agreed!

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