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Life After Reaching Your "Goal"

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Most people who start a weight loss journey have a goal in mind. A goal weight, a goal size; etc. This is where the hard part comes in; what happens when you reach that goal. Does that mean your journey is over?

I think this is where a lot of people go wrong. Reaching your goal shouldn't be an end point, but instead the beginning of a new life. When your primary goal has been reached it's hard to think of what comes next. I mean you did it, can't life just be normal again? Well the answer to that is no. Your old normal will not help you succeed, instead you need to find a new normal.

It is so rewarding to set a goal and work to reach it, when that feeling of accomplishment is no longer in your reach it's hard to keep going. For me once my goal weight was reached I knew I needed to find something else to strive for. I was lucky enough to fall in love with running during my weight loss journey, so the new goals were easy to find. I wanted to run faster; further and better. It was so nice I was setting a breaking goals every week. But just like weight loss at some point you are bound to plateau, I mean it's not that I don't think I can never getting any better at running, I'm sure there is always room for improvement but I want to still love running and I'm not sure if I would if I pushed much harder.

So this is where the big LIFE LESSON comes in. Life is all about adapting; constantly changing plans, ideas and goals. So I started to set different goals once again. Through out my entire journey I have done strength training but just enough to stay toned. So once running wasn't as challenging anymore I decided to start doing more weight lifting. Don't get me wrong here I still run EVERYDAY, as a matter of fact I am on day 636 of running 1+ mile a day. The awesome thing about weight lifting is it changes your body and your mind. I love getting stronger, being able to do things I never thought were possible.

Now on to my next HUGE challenge. I signed up and have been training for a SPARTAN RACE. The training is some of the most challenging and rewarding training I have ever done. I used to be scared of holding up my own body weight, now I can do pull ups, climb ropes, flip tires and I truly feel like if I put my mind to it I can do anything.



I went from being and unmotivated, lazy, 300+ pound person who could barely walk around the block to being a running, weight lifting, Spartan training machine! So just remember, ANYTHING is possible. If I can do it, ANYONE can do it.




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  • NIELSENSLADY
    You look great!!!
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  • ARUNNINGKAT
    Thank you for always inspiring me!! .... and encouraging me to reinstate my 1 mile every day goal! emoticon
    794 days ago
  • BRENDALUBUG
    You are an inspiration! May your continued journey be filled with "I can" moments!
    795 days ago
  • CMSMITH35
    This really makes me want to keep going!
    795 days ago
  • ELP14586
    Amazing job! Keep it up
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  • RACHELLAIYA
    Great blog & awesome job!! πŸ‘πŸΎπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ
    795 days ago
  • FRUITYFUL
    You are such an inspiration. Just amazing! I'm hanging on every word of your blog because, as you know, I hit my goal weight and did return to "my old normal" and that did not work. I am 2/3 of the way back down to that goal weight and I am going to approach it differently when I get there. I have to admit, I'm scared of failing at maintenance again, but seeing your success gives me confidence that I can do it too!

    Thank you for sharing and staying connected with Spark. I can't wait to hear how the Spartan race goes. You look beautiful and strong and happy. That's exactly how I want to feel!

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    795 days ago
  • CRIESY
    One goal that I have set over the past few years is a goal that you can never reach for sure but keeps me on the journey is to seek my optimum health at whatever age or stage I am in. You are amazing and I am sure are so proud of yourself. Congrats!
    795 days ago
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