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Success versus Failure

Thursday, February 07, 2008

I have noticed that there are those in life who succeed and then there are those in life who seem to fail, over and over, and over again. Always wanting to lead a successful life and achieve their goals, but never quite getting there. Well, I have lived both of these lives and I know which one I prefer - success, of course.

Now success can be viewed through many different lenses and I will discuss just one area that is important to me and that is my weight loss goals. I know that during the years when I was in the best shape of my life AND living a rich (not so much financially rich, but personal enrichment) and rewarding life, is when I was serious about my daily fitness routine.

Exercise and maintaining a nutritionally balanced diet was as important to me as breathing and something I managed with gusto. These days this scenario more accurately describes my husband, while I am still working towards my goal. I am doing well and moving slowly towards achieving my goals, which is probably good for me as I always want things NOW. It has taken me a few years to come to this place, again, where I am serious about fitness and seriously doing something about it.

Spark People has been a huge driving force in helping me arrive at this place, but I must also give credit to my husband who is a constant source of inspiration to me. Yes, there may have been times when I gave him a hard time about his need to get to the gym every day or measuring out his food. Now I now see that all his hard work has paid off and all it took was perseverance, dedication and a hell of a lot of hard work. And, never quitting because it was too hard, he always kept pressing on to take hold of the invisible prize that lay before him. It may have taken 4 years of hard work, but today he looks gorgeous and continues to work out to maintain his weight, de-stress, and because he loves it.

Any of us can achieve these same rewards, if, and only if, we really want to. The only question that is left unanswered is "Do you want the prize that is yours for the taking AND are you willing to go the extra mile to get it?"
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    Thanks for sharing! This is the first time in my life that I have it in my mind that there is no turning back. Maybe it is the looming heath issues I have seen in my family, or maybe it is simply my own reflection in the mirror- a face I do not recognize as my own. Something has clicked and maybe, just maybe, I was lead here. I feel like a change is coming, a good one!

    Good luck to you and keep it up! Maybe if we all keep the cycle of inspiration going we can do amazing things!
    3720 days ago
    That is a great bit of insight. Thanks for sharing.
    3741 days ago
    Very well said - there is no magic or tricks involved - just lots of hard work and a determination to succeed. Sounds like you are well on your way! Jenna
    3748 days ago
    Yes I agree. I used to have a daily Tai Chi practice and also did a lot of yoga. That is definitely one of my goals to get back to. I know it will feel so great. p.s. That picture of Zoe is just too cute!
    3760 days ago
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