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#140 - You're Never Too Old to Learn.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Here's what I am learning while on this journey:

1. Progress, not perfection -- In the last post, I said that I refuse to worry about my food. I'm not going to stress myself with calorie counting; it doesn't help me at all. However, I can't help but stress *a little* when BJ and I eat out a lot. This weekend is a great example. We were pretty busy, so we ate out fair share of fast food. Even though my food choices weren't perfect, I found ways to make progress -- getting the small combo instead of the medium or large, choosing water instead of soda or alcohol, and eating until I felt full. So, I choose to celebrate the progress.

2. Dedication & commitment -- These two are essential to this lifestyle that I am seeking. So, when 7:15 AM rolled around on Saturday morning, I knew I had to get up for a run. It wasn't easy, but I have goals that are important. I was very happy that I remained committed because I got to see this amazing sight:



While enjoying this, I also enjoyed my first barefoot run on the beach! It was a great experience because it felt good when the water splashed on me while I ran.

3. Listen -- My body has ways of telling me things, and it's my job to listen. I went for a run on Thursday afternoon, and I felt so sick during it. Now, I know why:



In addition, after a busy, exhausting Saturday, I decided to go to bed at 9:30 PM because my body wanted sleep. It craved it so much so that I slept until 8 AM.

Since my feet were sore from my barefoot run, I decided to rest the remainder of Sunday instead of going for another walk. In fact, I took time to soak them in a warm Epsom salt bath and massage them afterwards. Sometimes, my body just needs a bit of pampering.

4. I will struggle -- I've been struggling with not weighing myself. There's a small part of me that wants to jump on that scale, but for what reason? To see a number for all of a second that could make or break my day, week, or month? I'm proud to say that I am fighting that urge and staying dedicated to the fact that I am more than a number.
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G.I.JANE 9/10/2013 11:49PM

    Keep fighting. (Winners never stop!) Very proud of you & your motivational blog! emoticon emoticon

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C8TSON 9/10/2013 4:18PM

    This is excellent! I really do enjoy your approach with this. Spark sent out a quote once that I wrote down and it's on my desk: "When you take the focus off the scale, amazing things can happen." It's so true! You are living evidence of that my friend! Thank you for sharing your progress with us! emoticon

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DAMEGRIS 9/10/2013 8:07AM

    I hear you on the calorie counting stress! And I'm so proud of you both for running barefoot (I still can't do that) and for winning against the scale! I've tried and failed every time, haha.

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FITNAPTURAL 9/9/2013 9:20PM

    These are great things to keep in mind. Sometimes we all need a reminder to slow down and enjoy the journey :)

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MEGAN6277 9/9/2013 8:14PM

    Loved the picture Sam! Reminds me of just how small we really are in this world and have no control over anything. (Nature wise anyway) I wish I could go to the beach more often, I've only been there maybe 3 or 4 times in my 40 yrs but its very cleansing to go see it. Did you know that the waves are the "maids" that clean the ocean? Cleaning the ocean floor constantly. A good song to listen to is called "There is a God" written by Carman. Its sooo worth the look up...think you can find it on youtube if I'm not mistaken. Have a good one!

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/9/2013 7:55PM

  Way to go! emoticon

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JADAKNOWLES 9/9/2013 3:32PM

    great post sam!

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/9/2013 3:27PM

    Great insight

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CHODGES83 9/9/2013 3:26PM

    Beautiful! The pictures, your attitude, everything! Beautiful!



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