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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

14. I want to be my own inspirational story.

I follow a guy named Tony on Facebook. He has used to be over 400 pounds, but has changed his life and kept off 200 pounds for over four years. (You can find him at www.facebook.com
.) In one of his posts, he mentioned that he no longer needs to go looking for inspirational stories because he looks in the mirror every morning and sees his own inspirational story. I want that. I want to believe -- from my own experience -- that what is true today does not necessarily have to be true forever. To know I have the power to change what I do not like in my life. I already see pictures of myself every day with a graduation cap and gown, a visual reminder that I can accomplish what I once believed could never be possible: I have an Associate's Degree, I have the strength to keep pressing forward to get my Bachelor's. I have a 13.1 sticker on my car, a visual reminder that I can accomplish what I once believed could never be possible: I ran a half marathon from start to finish, I can do it again. I want to look in the mirror and know that I do not have to live in this obese and pain-ridden body the rest of my life: I can lose the weight and address the pains through things like yoga and healthy eating instead of just popping pain pills all day long. In some ways, I am my own inspirational story already, but I still feel like it is pointless to try to break free from obesity because this is my lot in life. I want to see that visual reminder in the mirror each morning that says, "I can do whatever I want. I have lost the weight and can face the day with strength, flexibility, and grace. I am not afraid of a flight of stairs, an unexpected long walk, or a piece of cake. I can do whatever I dream, no matter how difficult." I want to be my own inspirational story.


To help SPARK the fire I need to get back on track, I plan to post a new reason every day for 30 days reminding me why I want to live healthier and lose weight.

14. I want to be my own inspirational story.
13. It feels so much better to be in control of my sugar addiction than to be controlled by it.
12. More small clothes fit in the washer/dryer than big clothes.
11. With more strength, greater flexibility, and less weight, I may find myself in less pain.
10. When I am outside more, I am sick less.
09. To reduce my rising cholesterol levels.
08. To be a positive influence on my diabetic husband.
07. I hate my double chin.
06. So I can easily reach my goal of finishing the 2014 Fight for Air Climb in under 40 minutes.
05. Regular exercise clears my head and evens my moods.
04. I feel more in control of my life when I take care of myself.
03. I liked it better when I fit in L shirts instead of XL.
02. When I exercise regularly, I have more energy.
01. When my face is thinner, I have a prettier smile.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    All great reasons to get on track...stay there...and lose the weight! Awesome! We can be our own inspirational story! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1756 days ago
  • JUSTA123
    emoticon Sonds like you have a plan, and a pretty good one!
    1759 days ago
    emoticon YOU go Girl!! emoticon You ARE my inspiration!!
    1760 days ago
    Great story!

    Wishing you the very best towards your goals. emoticon emoticon

    Thanks for sharing.
    1761 days ago
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