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I'm Not Superwoman, But I Am My Own Hero!


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Monday, August 05, 2013



Since March 1, 2012, my personal theme has been "Be Your Own Hero." That simple phrase has helped keep me focused and determined. And during times when my motivation has faded, reminding myself to be my own hero has strengthened me to keep going, even when I didn't really want to.

No matter how strong your motivation is, there will be days (and days and days) when the motivation is just non-existent. You can be rolling along, having non-scale victories left and right, killing it with your workouts, tracking your food, drinking your water and feeling great...and out of nowhere, the motivation just slowly fades a bit, or even disappears completely.

I've lost weight many times in the past 30 or so years. Sometimes just a few pounds. Sometimes a lot of pounds. But it always seemed that when the motivation evaporated, I would just give up. I wouldn't fight through it. I would go back to my old ways, and I would gain the weight back.



But this time is different. I really have been my own hero, because even during times when I'm not feeling motivated, I have forced myself to keep going. I have been at a plateau for a long time, and that is discouraging. But I can look back at how far I've come, and be proud of myself for hanging in there and not giving up. Being your own hero is not only about making progress. Sometimes, being your own hero just means not allowing yourself to retreat and give up.



If you are struggling...if you are not feeling motivated...if you are tempted to just give up because its too diffcult; be your own hero! Even if you aren't making progress, hang in there. Don't go backwards. This journey isn't easy, and motivation doesn't always last. But you can be your own hero and fight through it. You really are worth the effort. If you keep fighting, the motivation will come back eventually.



My motivation returned to me in full force today when I checked the mail. My dear Spark friend Tammy sent me this workout DVD:

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She and I have been workout buddies, and each month we pick a workout to do together (even though we live several states apart.) Last month we did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. This month we're doing Weight Loss Cardio Kick...and in September we'll be doing the workout she just sent me! Thank you Tammy! I'm looking forward to it!

But what really boosted my motivation was what else she sent me...a note to remind me to keep being my own hero, and this black shirt;



I laughed until I cried when I saw that shirt! It made me so darned happy...it was just perfect! The shirt is a little tight now, but that just motivates me to work hard so that it will fit me soon. I can't wait to wear it!!! And I will wear it with pride because I am my own hero.





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EFFRAYECHILDE 9/1/2013 4:22PM

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JERICHO1991 8/13/2013 1:40PM

    Great comments. Having others notice our progress is definitely encouraging, but not necessary. Your awareness of your progress is far more important than anyone else's comments.

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MCJULIEO 8/12/2013 11:13PM

    Thanks for the kick in the pants!

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SAGEBRUSHSEA 8/11/2013 4:47PM

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SUSANELAINE1956 8/11/2013 2:02PM

    You are one of my heroes, always there with a touching post, blog, or message.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2013 8:08PM

    Sparktacular blog!!!!!!!

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SGTSUNNY 8/9/2013 5:18PM

    Love Chris Powell! And the T-shirt! I know you can do this

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HEALTHYHAPPYDEB 8/9/2013 2:10PM

    emoticon Awesome Pixie! Thanks for a great blog! I love that shirt too! emoticon

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ANYVAR54 8/9/2013 1:43PM

    This blog is a real motivator. thanks for sharing. I have been stuck also. Have a great weekend. Ravyna

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SLIMLEAF 8/9/2013 11:58AM

    Spark on, Pixie!

Great to read your blog today.

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PENOWOK 8/7/2013 4:56PM

    And you are a hero to many of us as well for what you have accomplished!!

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IMAGINE46 8/7/2013 12:56PM

  Words to live by. Thanks!

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 8/7/2013 11:10AM

    You really inspired me today and LOVED all the images - each one struck it's own special note of awareness. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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PATTIE441 8/7/2013 10:38AM

    You are awesome, Pixie!! emoticon emoticon Here's to flying high and taking care of us!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 8/7/2013 10:21AM

    Love the shirt ! And happy to know you have a buddy who cares so much to think of you emoticon

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DJSHIP46 8/7/2013 9:16AM

    Thanks Pixie!!!

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KML410 8/7/2013 8:40AM

    Thanks for the blog. Do you like the workout dvd? I need to mix up my exercise routine a little bit. emoticon

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NEWTINK 8/7/2013 4:51AM

    the shirt is adorable ... your doing great and i am proud of you for being your own hero emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/7/2013 1:00AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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  You are my Heroine !!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEACHGAL60 8/6/2013 9:43PM

    Excellent blog, Pixie! I could really relate to many of your experiences, past and present. Thank you for reminding us all that in order to do this, we need to be our own heroes!! I love the mantra!!
Keep up your awesome journey!!

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SANDRALUVSLON 8/6/2013 9:28PM

    Truly motivational it's so true we need to be our own hero. emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 8/6/2013 9:25PM

    AWESOME THAT SHIRT WILL FIT IN NO TIME. YOU'LL SEE. YOU CAN DO IT. OH YA!

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KARRENLYNN 8/6/2013 9:24PM

    Way to be your own hero! You are doing great!

Karen

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CIROHIO 8/6/2013 9:07PM

    emoticon I just love this blog. You are so open and honest. I love the Be your own Hero motto. For I also think I to am my own hero. Doing the program, and exercise has probably saved me from having a heart attack. It's wonderful that you have a buddy. Tammy did a nice thing for you. Now you have your motivation...can't wait to see you wear that shirt. You'll have to post a picture. Pixie you are so inspiring, I often wonder when I read your blogs if you know how special you are. You have inspired so many of us Sparkers so emoticon emoticon emoticon you truly are emoticon Keep up the great job! emoticon emoticon

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OPERATOR1300 8/6/2013 8:51PM

    Great message! It is also so wonderful to have someone on your side to help keep you motivated! Keep up the great work, and thanks for motivating others!

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MONTREAL12 8/6/2013 8:44PM

  What can I say; except that I agree with your synopsis! Great Blog; keep'em coming!

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PHEBESS 8/6/2013 8:23PM

    LOVE this blog!

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1FARMER 8/6/2013 8:02PM

    Great blog that is motivating and inspiring. You are amazing! emoticon
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PHYLISSCR 8/6/2013 7:47PM

    Wow, great thoughts. So true, no body will give you the encouragement, that lies deep inside all of us.. but it does sound like you have a great spark buddy there to do some encouraging..great idea to change up your exercise routine with a buddy... emoticon

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KWOOD1955 8/6/2013 7:40PM

    I fell motivated from your blog. Thank you!!!!

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ABYGAILSMOM06 8/6/2013 6:37PM

    Every last word is true! Thank you for such an inspiring post! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 8/6/2013 6:26PM

    Yea you! I love it when you are so positive! It's great that you have an exercise buddy! I have one also!

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    Another awesome blog post! emoticon emoticon

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KIN59VARA 8/6/2013 5:39PM

    Love the motivation, I needed it!

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CMICHELLE07 8/6/2013 4:59PM

    Inspired and sparked to keep going and be my own hero! What an awesome concept, I never thought of it like that. Love it! Thanks for sharing!
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