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A New Year, A New Start (Part 2)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Greetings Spark People! This rant is going on long so I divided it into two parts. This is the second part about what the new year and the old year has taught me. The first part of this blog is about what I want out of the new year. This section is what I learned from last year.

Lessons I learned about losing weight from last year (applicable to this year too):

1. Losing weight starts with one's mentality. If you don't change your mentality about losing weight then you won't change the way you eat or the amount of activities that you involve yourself in. If you believe you can lose weight then you can, but if you don't think you can then you'll never be able to start let alone finish. This is the confidence and belief that you can do it, that you too can lose weight if you try your best.

Quotes to inspire you:
“Losing weight is a mind game. Change your mind, change your body.”
“A diet will never change you. You have to change yourself. You have to say, 'I'm just not going to do that anymore.'”
“In order to change your body you must first change your mind.”
“The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person's determination.”

2. It's a lifestyle change. If I'm going to lose weight I need to change my habits such as how much I eat, how much I workout and how much I keep track of these information. Pretty much a good diet with good food, exercise, and drinking plenty of water helps in losing weight.
As much as I don't like trying so hard to lose weight, I don't like being branded the “fat one” even more. Drive yourself and your lifestyle if you want that body.

Quotes to inspire you:
“Stay committed! Don't give up. Work hard. It did not take overnight to gain the weight; it will take some time to get it off. Be patient.”
“Exercise in the morning before your brain figures out what you're doing.” (I thought this one is funny, but it's true. I know working out in the morning works best for some people because they might become to busy or get lazy later on in the day and end up not working out.)
“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt.

3. At least try to start to do something and pick yourself up even if you've fallen off the wagon. Some people think about losing weight and sometimes they may have the right mentality and desire for losing weight, but if they do nothing about it then they are just as bad as the people who believe they can't lose weight and accept that that is their fate. Really sad, but truthful indeed.

Quotes to inspire you:
“Action speaks louder than words.”
“It's not how many times that you fall that counts, it's matters more on how many time you get back up when you get knocked down.” (Some variation to this saying, but you get the idea.)
“Have faith and don't give up!” (More like a saying I like to say to myself.)
“It always seem impossible until it is done.”
“Believe that you can and you will.”
“Stop wishing. Start doing.”

4. Lose weight for the right reasons. I tell you I've lose weight using all the worst methods in the world for the worst reason in the past. (Keyword: in the far past.) Here, one would think in mathematical terms that negative times negative equal a positive. All I've gained from that experience was rotten feelings, negativity and a low self esteem. One would think that once they become skinny they'll be happy, but nope, it's still all the same. Just physical change, no mental change. These two need to go hand in hand and accompany with each other. The positive with the positive helps and that's why I try to keep a positive mindset about losing weight and how my image/body changes.
I like to remind myself: Why am I working out again? Who am I losing weight for? Why do I need to push myself? Do I need to eat that? Why am I working out again? (More questions along this line.) I just don't suddenly not know what I'm suppose to do anymore, I just need to be reminded of what is it that really matters to me. I pay a price for what I want to be like in the future by sacrificing what I have now (i.e. certain habits and activities) to get to that future that I want. I invest in myself because I want myself to be the best.

Quotes to inspire you:
“The important thing is this: to be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.” ~ Charles Dickens.
“When you feel like quitting: think about why you started.”
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't.” (As long as you can grasp that the basic concept that's said here can be applied to losing weight too.)

5. Everyone needs to learn and find their own way of obtaining the healthy lifestyle that they want. What works for other people might not work for me. It's better if I go learn it for myself because experience is the best teacher. Someone can teach me and tell me what works for them, but if I don't try it myself I'll never understand it. Their story may be my inspiration and my motivation. However, it won't be the ongoing passion I have for living the new life I want for myself. This one really relates back to all the other reasons. If I want it bad enough then I'll do something for it. I understand there's limitations for some, but that is something that I believe one sets upon oneself. Don't listen to the negative comments people give you because some people will find ways to talk about your negativity whether you're trying to please them or not. Also there's no need to please anyone but yourself.

Quotes to inspire you:
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible.” ~ Audrey Hepburn.
“Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.” ~ Og Mandino.
“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possiblities become limitless.” ~ Jamie Paolinetti.
“If you want to love another person, you've got to love yourself first.” (Pretty much the basic idea is that you've got to give yourself the time and attention to change yourself if you really want that change.)

These are my mental notes that I like to keep in my head. However I'm sharing them with others (even if they already know these information) because I want to push other, motivate, inspire and bring the best out of them to become the people who they want to be, not the temporary person that they are. I think everyone is great in their own way and that there's always room for improvements so I'm going to not give up and keep trying my best. I should not take it for granted for the things I have and I'm thankful for the life that I'm given so I'm going to try to live life to the fullest even if I'm not where I am, I will get there one of these days.

I think I wrote this one long enough, so I'm going to include the “No” section on the next blog, again putting it off. Not intentionally though.

Thanks for reading! :)
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