Happy Friday, Sparklers
So, I find it very inspiring, as well as motivational, to read success stories from people who have lost weight and/ or reached their fitness goals. It helps me to see several different things:
a) I'm not in this alone
b) other people have been successful, and I can be successful, too
c) people facing even bigger obstacles than me in this journey (more weight to lose, injuries, health issues, etc) can find a way, and so can I
d) everybody does it in their own time, in their own way, for their own personal reasons
It's very reassuring to know these things ^ and it pushes me to keep going. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr: "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
And moving forward is EXACTLY what I'm doing!
I started to read a book called "Half Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir" written by Jennette Fulda. The memoir is written by Jennette (obviously) and she discusses her serious weight gain and her struggle with obesity - the discrimination, the health challenges, the emotional reasons for why she let things get as out of control as they got,etc - and then she goes on to explain the epiphany she had to get healthy and change her life. She takes you through her weight loss journey - the journey to lose more than half of her body weight and shares the successes and struggles she encounters along the journey.
There is a quote in this book that hit me so hard - right between the eyes. It just REALLY struck a chord and really got me thinking (like, DUH, how OBVIOUS is THAT!?!
) and I wanted to share it because maybe it will hit one of you the way it hit me and change the way you think about this life-changing journey you are on.
Jennette is just starting to discuss her gradual transition into her new healthy lifestyle. She has lost 20lbs in the first 3 weeks after making healthy changes (walking more, eating better, etc) and she is feeling great. She knows that this is only because she is very heavy (over 350+ lbs) and that once her body gets used to her new habits, it will slow the loss down to 1-2 lbs a week. (I think this hit me hard because I love the feeling I get when I lose a bunch of weight quickly and I tend to get frustrated when I go from losing 5-6lbs in a week to losing 1-2lbs in a week- even though I know WHY it is happening) The following quote is what really impacted me:
"Even if I had kept up this insane pace, which probably would have induced kidney failure or death, it would have taken ten months to reach my goal weight. My birthday was in the tenth month of the year, so I would definitely be a year older by the time I was thin. Ten months - I could create a whole other human being in that time and still have an extra month to decorate the nursery. I consoled myself by thinking that a year from now I'd be a year older anyways. I couldn't stop it from passing, but I got to decide what I did with that time."
It is so simple, yet so true.
The year 2012 is going to pass no matter WHAT I choose to do with my life - regardless of the choices I make - time is going to keep on ticking by all around me. I can either eat crap and feel like crap and get to the end of 2012 and say "2012 was crap - yay for 2013" or I can use this year to become a different person. To make different choices. To surprise myself. To CHANGE me.
It's like what Dale Watson says "If you always do what you've always done, you always get what you always got." I don't know about you, but I'm tired. I'm tired of not surprising myself. I'm tired of being fat. I'm tired of being unhealthy. Everything that I have done up to this point has lead me to here - and I believe there is a reason for it. I needed to go through what I've gone through to get me to this point -here and now.
But, I'm ready now.
I'm utilizing my time - it's precious.
And let's be honest - WHAT could be MORE IMPORTANT than me focusing on getting me to be the best me I can be? Doesn't everyone deserve for me to be my best?
I think so.
So, with that being said, I will leave you all with one more quote that I find very inspirational:
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." - Abraham Lincoln
I can make all the resolutions I want for the year 2012 - get 8 hours of sleep a night, exercise 1500 minutes or more each month, stay within calorie range for X amount of days each month, etc - it is all meaningless if I'm not resolved to succeed. I can go through the motions, but if I doubt myself - if I question my ability to be successful - I'm being counterproductive to this journey.
The main similarity I have seen in people who are successful in this journey is this: They knew they could succeed - they succeeded. They believed in themselves - they did it. They envisioned themselves at their goal weight - they reached their goal weight.
I believe in myself.
It's not even a question of "if" anymore - because it's not about "if" I succeed - cause I'm gonna succeed.
It's not even a question of "when" - because it's not about "when am I gonna succeed" - I am successful right now.
It's about just doing it.
... and I'm doing it NOW.