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I Used To. I Did. I Am.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

There are many layers to these healthy lifestyle journey's that we are on. I know for me, when I may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole process or just feeling like I am stuck in a rut, I like to think about what I was, what I did about it, and what I am now doing about it. These are things that you could actually write down or you could just do mentally, whichever works best for you. These are just some ideas that can help get you going again if you currently aren't doing well or perhaps keep you motivated and pushing towards your goals!

The first category is the old Brad of yesteryear, the dreaded "I Used To" list. As painful as the past is and can be, the past can often times serve as a great motivator. In the very least, it can show us how NOT to do things. This list for me could probably take up a couple of blogs worth of content, so I will narrow it down to a few for this...

I used to weigh 509 lbs (still hard to say & believe)

I used to eat a large pizza at a sitting (without much effort)

I used to believe that I couldn't lose weight no matter how hard I tried (I didn't try that hard)

The second category is the "I Did". Depending on where you are in your journey, you may not have a long list with this category but that is ok. Work with what you have. If you have had any kind of success (now or in the past), add it! If a particular diet or routine worked for you, add it! If you have been proud of an effort you made towards your goals, add that! A few I have are...

I did the entire Insanity workout (something I started like 20 times previously!)

I did track my food on Spark (every day I logged in and TRACKED IT ALL!)

I did make my original goal of 299 lbs. (one of the best days of my life!)

The third category is "I Am". This is the one you have control of RIGHT NOW! This is the one YOU CAN CHANGE! This is the here and now! You can not change your "I Used To" and "I Did" lists...those have come and gone. That is your past, you own that. But right now today, you can add anything you want to your "I Am" list! Even though "I Did" make my goal, I have made new goals and am working towards them every day. The "I Am" list never stops for me...

I am going to the gym 2-3 times a week for an hour (mostly cardio with the elliptical)

I am doing core, yoga, and other dvd workouts at home (2-3 days a week)

I am eating as healthy and as clean as possible (more veggies than ever! Yay!)

Those are just some examples that I use for my lists. It always me to remind myself of where I have been and where I am going. I have come a long way but I had a long way to go! This is an ongoing journey. I will be resolute. I will be intrepid.

So if you are just starting your journey, start your "I Used To" now. If you are further along in your journey or have even made your goal, never forget your "I Used To" list. But in that same breath, never forget your "I Did" list either. Be proud of what you have accomplished! And from this point on, concentrate on what you want to add to your "I Am" list and DO IT!

I think we get stuck in the I Used Tos of our past. We let that hold us back from our "I Am" list! I think it is time to forgive ourselves for our past and concentrate on where we are and see the good in what we have done. "I Did" lose 210+ lbs. "I Am" living a healthy lifestyle.

No more "I Used To" and more "I Am"!

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