I read a great article in O Magazine's June 2013 edition, "The Wholehearted Life - Oprah's Conversation with Brene Brown" in which she shares a fabulous quote by Theodore Roosevelt:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs ... [And] if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."
Ms. Brown stated that in reading this quote she realized that she wanted to live this way - courageously! And she learned something powerful about listening to other's commentary on how she/you/I are living our lives and walking our individual paths.
She said, "It's not about winning or losing. It's about showing up and being seen. ... If you are not in the arena getting your butt kicked on occasion, I'm not interested in your feedback. Period."
I just LOVE that! Why should we take in anyone else's opinion about how we are living our lives, the progress we're making or the choices and chances we're taking ... and especially why should we if the speaker/commentator isn't living courageously themselves!?!
It's better to simply Dare Greatly, Live with Integrity to Self, and Seek Bliss ALWAYS!
In the past 5 months, I have learned so much about myself and what IS TRULY POSSIBLE FOR ME. When I started Ideal Protein (IP), I only wished that it was possible to lose weight consistently each week. I had read that people on IP lost an average of 3 lbs a week, typically, and some women like me who had 100+ lbs to lose lost 100 lbs in as little as 7 months. I was excited about the possibility but honestly wasn't sure if I could ... but told myself I'd be really grateful to even lose 50 lbs in that time period.
And now 5 months along and 62 lbs lighter - I am a DEFINITE BELIEVER!!!! I now LIVE IN THE REALM OF THE POSSIBLE! I Am living my personal dream! Isn't that something! And that's because I dared greatly to believe ... to try ... to BEGIN.
Now, I feel better than I have in YEARS! I now see so much POSSIBILITY in how I want to live my life. It's no longer a wish, a dream or hope - but a REALITY! DAILY I am LIVING with more energy, vitality, flexibility, ease than ever before - certainly since I was in my 20's.
Get this, I even feel better at my current weight than I did when I used to weigh this amount previously, and that's because I AM healthier. I'm not eating the fatty, insulin producing, toxic, refined sugars that I used to binge on - because I was addicted to their taste. I don't kid myself in thinking I'm no longer sensitive to them - actually, I know myself to be a recovering sugar and carb addict and thus staying away from them for good in the future, even after I reach my goal weight is MY plan. For Optimal Health a low-carb diet lifestyle is MY way forward. Finding out what works best for you and being honest about that I think is the KEY to successful, long-term, lasting weight loss. I'm rooting for each of us! I FULLY and FAITHFULLY BELIEVE THAT WE CAN DO THIS!!!
You're in the arena. You're striving and daring greatly and that IS A WIN in and of itself! Hang in there, Stay inspired! Love, Bliss