Hi Everyone! Come on in and put your feet up (or walk in place) while we chat!
What do you think of this quote?
Does this bring anyone to mind?
It reminds ME of my 'scientific spark friend', Jeanknee. And boy! Is it ever a great attitude to have!
Do YOU know what YOUR dream of YOUR body is?
I had to go WAYYYYY back to my teen years to think about THIS!
In MY teen years I was THIN and DID NOT KNOW IT. I was a size 12 and thought I was FAT. I'd look at my classmates, who seemed HEAVIER than I was, but THEY would say they weighed 105 or something like that.
I had a sister who had issues with gaining weight and was around 90 ish pounds (3 years older than myself). I felt a LOT bigger around HER!
Another sister was tall and slender and couldn't gain weight if she tried. (seriously, she wore her skinny jeans home from the hospital after giving birth.)
I had a wee little aunt who may not have even weighed 90! (she was 91 years old).
So you can see how I got the idea of me being fat.
I often put forth an effort to get in shape. Nothing that lasted, for various reasons.
But I'm trying to remember what my actual GOAL was. And I think I
JUST. WANTED. THOSE. TONED. MUSCLES.
I mean, I don't think I even had muscle SHADOWS in those days.
But I tried.
I remember being about 20 years old and lying on the floor in front of the tv. I lifted the 2 lb hand weight up and over my head....and BONKED my two year old niece on the head!
But....I tried with the little info I had.
I even substituted for our church Praise-ercise class for a bit.
My boyfriend (Hubby) was really into martial arts at the time....until he got hurt. But we had planned to learn the art together. That didn't work out. Hubby's dream went down hill. :(
We thought it would be cool to have a membership at a fitness center, so we did that for a while. Until we couldn't afford it anymore. So...THAT didn't last.
For a while I was REALLY REALLY in to buying Shape magazines. (until we couldn't afford THOSE anymore either! lol)
After marriage, the kids came gloriously one after another. For #2 I bought the Kathy Smith pregnancy workout dvd and LOVED IT. I saw a LOT of improvement using that. Woohoo! I still like it to this day!
Because of the nature of my husband's back injury, we were not physically active. I was not someone who enjoyed risking walks by myself without the protection of another person.
So those pounds came easily on.
But as you can see, I've always had DREAMS of my own. I just wasn't sure how to accomplish them. Didn't know how to build CONSISTENCY in my life.
Sparkpeople taught me that.
A while back I posted a list of things that I had always wished I could do in school, but couldn't. It was hard to read, so I'm going to rewrite these little 'dreams' here. They are probably LAUGHABLE to most of you, but I couldn't do these things, so they were a big deal to me.
1. CLIMB THE ROPE IN GYM CLASS
2. RUN ONE LAP WHILE STILL BEING ABLE TO BREATHE
3. CROSS THE MONKEY BARS
4. SWIM OFTEN
5. COMPLETE 10 CHIN UPS
6. PASS THE FITNESS TEST FOR LIFE GUARD CLASS
7. EXECUTE 10 PUSH UPS WITH EASE
8. HAVE CONFIDENCE IN MY ABILITIES
I could not do those things back then. But really, who is to say that I can not achieve them even now- 30 years later?
Did you see the post of the 80 year old man who decided to get in shape? DUDE!!!!! His body was RACKED with muscles! ( I saw that on Pinterest)
I didn't know LAST year, that these past 11 months I would have mastered consistency! I didn't know that I would lose 28 pounds. (yes I wish it was more...but hey! every OTHER year that I tried, I did NOT lose 28 pounds.)
So DREAM AWAY ,my friends! Imagine your best Self. Is THAT what YOU would like to be?
I can't be YOU.
And YOU can't be ME.
So just become the best YOU you can be.
Annnnnnd take it a little challenge at a time, so we don't freak and give up in despair.
It takes a while to chisel out a masterpiece.
Dream on, my friends, DREAM ON!
Be blessed and BE a blessing!
P.S. I read these two things recently.
Take them to heart!
"ANYONE can say, "I gave it a try!" But YOU can say, "I MADE IT HAPPEN!"
"You can CHOOSE to strength train or you can CHOOSE to have osteoporosis."
I really like these eye opening statements. But I especially am inspired by the "I made it happen!" one. Because...well...I had NEVER made it happen BEFORE.