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Suck It Up & Ride The Roller Coaster!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013



This thing. This journey. This lifestyle, is about true change. When I look back over the years of being unhealthy and gaining weight, I need not look any further than the lifestyle I was living. A lifestyle that included laziness. A lifestyle that included taking the easy road. A lifestyle that included unhealthy eating habit on top of unhealthy eating habit. It is no wonder I gained so much weight.

What is a wonder? What is a wonder is how I managed to make it out the other side.

It is easier to be lazy. It is easier to not watch what you eat. It is easier to just exist. That last part is really something to think about. It is easier to just exist...

I don't know about you, but I am done "just existing". I want to be the change in myself that I have always envisioned. I want to be someone that somebody can look up to and say, "because I've seen him do it, I CAN TOO!" I want to be the person who can look back on their life and not wonder "what if".

I have lived to many years of "what if". NO MORE!

Well, ok. How about one more "what if", for old times sake? What if I didn't live with "what ifs" anymore? What then? I can't say that I honestly know the answer to that question but what I can say is that I sure as heck going to find out because I am done with "what ifs". That is what I like that quote so much in the picture at the beginning of this blog...

"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done."

I've never had a time in my life where I haven't wondered "what if". I have always been cautious with everything from my physical safety to my mental safety. I have never been one to climb trees or go much over the speed limit on the road. I have never been on to take that chance on asking a girl out that I probably don't have any business asking out in the first place because I was always afraid of "no". I have never been the one to put myself out on display in fear that other people would judge me harshly and I couldn't deal with that. I have never been one to push the envelope and take a risk.

Well, as Bob Dylan said back in 1964, "The Times They Are a-Changin'".

I have started "changin" a little bit at a time. Baby steps. Opening up to you guys on a more personal level in blogs (like this) is a baby step. I took another baby step this last weekend. However, by the picture, it doesn't look like a baby step...


The Voyage at Holiday World

That is The Voyage roller coaster at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. I took the kids there this past weekend to ride some rides and have some fun. Guess who is afraid of heights? Me. Guess who doesn't like tall roller coasters? (The Voyage has a Max speed of 67 mph and stands 163' tall!) GUESS WHO RODE THE ROLLER COASTER AND LIVED TO WRITE A BLOG ABOUT IT?

ME!

Sometimes, you have to suck it up and ride the roller coaster! I did! Baby steps. I don't have to ever wonder "what if" about that and that is just the beginning!

It isn't easy. It isn't supposed to be. That is what makes it so much sweeter when you accomplish it. So go accomplish it today. You have it within you to "Suck it up & ride the roller coaster"! You have the ability to conquer your roller coaster and cross off a "what if" in your life!

Thursday, I will be crossing off another "what if" that I can blog about next time. Honestly, it is something that scares me even a little more than the height of a roller coaster. It also has a better upside so hopefully the outcome will be another positive cross off of the list, but if not, at least I won't be stuck wondering "what if" I had tried...because I am going to put myself out there and try!

Don't fall victim to "what ifs". Embrace Your Possibilities.

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WHITEANGEL4 7/3/2013 9:46PM

    Way to go.........great blog

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GARDENCHRIS 6/16/2013 7:54AM

    thank you!

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FLDEEZ 6/12/2013 10:40PM

    Fantastic! Look at all the people you've inspired just by putting yourself out there and writing this post! Count me as one of them - thank you!

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FLDEEZ 6/12/2013 10:33PM

    Fantastic! Look at all the people you've inspired just by putting yourself out there and writing this post! Count me as one of them - thank you!

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TEMPEST272002 6/8/2013 3:49PM

    Great blog! Reminds me of my favourite quote:

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. ~Katherine Mansfield

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BEJOYFULL 6/8/2013 3:31PM

    It looks like you're not in it just for the ride. Seeking adventure in this way takes untapped courage to the next level, which is that of being 'brave'.

You have inspired me. Thanks for the roller coaster ride of a lifetime. I'll be sure to move beyond my meek circumstances and reach for the stars on my way up!

What if I take one giant step towards that which challenges me out of my comfort zone. I wonder what ill happen. Hm.



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LEANJEAN6 6/8/2013 7:22AM

    Truly inspirational!------- I shall try ha emoticon rder---I want it too!-Lynda

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PENOWOK 6/6/2013 8:18AM

    good for you for conquering your fears!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/5/2013 8:40PM

    Great blog!



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SHANALFOSS 6/3/2013 10:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon best of luck on your new cross off, for your what if list.

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CM_GARDNER78 6/2/2013 9:07PM

    Ha! Riding the roller coaster figuratively AND literally! AWESOME! :-)

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/2/2013 6:58PM

    What an Excellent Blog.
We all needed that!

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FIRECOM 6/2/2013 10:39AM

    A wonderful story and extremely well written. I commend your writing skill. You made a difficult task seem easy and readable.

Thanks, and happy coasting.

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CHARTHESTAR 6/2/2013 2:07AM

    Great quote!
Even better great way to get people following your odyssey.
I want to learn what the next thing you are crossing off.
Keep up The good work!

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    Good job, no more "what ifs" emoticon

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    Good for you!

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SHANNONY84 6/1/2013 6:48AM

    Great blog! Set goals and make them!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/1/2013 1:34AM

    Great job on the baby steps!

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JIBBIE49 6/1/2013 12:52AM

    Glad to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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PIPPAMOUSE 5/31/2013 7:27PM

    Thats great! You literally got on the roller coaster. Way to go!

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  Great Blog filled with Great Advice........... emoticon emoticon

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LEWILL1982 5/31/2013 3:37PM

    Well written, thanks for the inspiration and motivation!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon blog.

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  great blog

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JANEMARIE77 5/31/2013 1:28PM

    best of luck you are amazing the ride is so much more fun than the what ifs

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    That is so wonderful ... emoticon

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MINEA999 5/31/2013 10:59AM

    Congratulations! That's awesome. It is all about baby steps. The journey of a 1000 miles begins with one step right?

And coincidentally, your opening quote was what I posted as my status just a few days ago!

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/31/2013 10:50AM

    Very awesome -thanks!

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ABUFFKIN 5/31/2013 10:49AM

    Awesome inspirational blog, wonderfully helpful message!!!

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1SALLY2 5/31/2013 10:36AM

    YEAH!!!!! Love your blog, made me sit up and take stock of myself. THANK YOU!
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_JODI404 5/31/2013 10:14AM

    emoticon on no more what-ifs!! Riding that BIG roller coaster!!! emoticon

It is definitely not easy. If we are growing, we are always going to be out of our comfort zone. It's wonderful, and uncomfortable, but SO rewarding!

Best wishes on your next endeavor! Here's to putting yourself out there and trying, and embracing your possibilities!!

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SHERYLP461 5/31/2013 10:12AM

    Good for you, I'm sure I would have heart failure if I rode one!

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    such an inspiring blog! thanks so much for sharing and have a fabulous day!

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