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Day 425 - Open the Door

Friday, January 29, 2016

I always appreciate the comments that you all post on my blog posts. I am happy to share them with you, and want you to gain some benefit from my words of "wisdom". However, I write these posts for myself more than anything. I need to hear these words of encouragement. I need to remember where I was a year ago, and how I struggled to reach that initial goal weight and start feeling really good about myself.

I love this journey. I have most certainly closed the door to the past. I haven't forgotten it, but I am not going back there, not now, not ever. That means that I have to be continually vigilant and be serious about my eating and my weigh-ins.

I'm up a couple pounds this week. Nothing to be concerned about - I'm still below my goal weight of 168. But the fact that I'm up in weight means that I have to pay better attention to what I'm eating. My new exercise routine (Insanity Max 30) is extremely intense, and there's no doubt that it is changing my body, because many of the exercises are calisthenic (using muscles to move my bodyweight) and plyometric (a lot of jumping and bouncing). It's a great feeling to get through the entire routine without having to pause more than a second or two. (Shaun T wants you to record the minute when you "max out" and can't go on; but then he wants you to get right back in it.)

So my weight gain could be the result of the new exercises, because my muscles are more sore than they've been in a long time. I probably needed to change my exercise a month ago, because I feel more rejuvenated than I have in a long time. I didn't realize I was just coasting until I switched it up.

Part of what makes this journey so special, and so amazing, is that it forces us to look inward and see ourselves for who we truly are. We learn where we struggle the most, and we see the pathways to achieving our goals. SparkPeople does more to open the door to our future than any other health/wellness/fitness website I've ever encountered.

So start a new chapter. Open the door to your future. Close the door to the past. You have what it takes to step on through and reach your goals. Inspire yourself while you inspire others. Write a blog that keeps you going, and maybe it will keep someone else going too.

Keep Sparking, friends! XOX
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Here's the door I'll be opening tomorrow emoticon I've never tried it, but did a lot of water skiing when I was younger, ok much younger emoticon

    You are as always emoticon

    Always remember there are some things in life we are never too old to do. Loving, laughing, learning, listening, sharing, caring and always being grateful for all of life's gifts.

    1862 days ago
    So true Steve, every word that we write gives strength to us and to others. Thank you for showing me the door open again! i do not want to look at the past i want to think of a good future. Have a blessed weekend full of great memories. Love my SP friend emoticon
    1862 days ago
  • NEWSUE45
    Well said! I started a blog last year and I am the same way. I do not care if anyone read it, it is mostly for me to get some of the junk out of my head and for me to reaffirm the reasons why I am on this journey of getting happier and healthier. But I do love when people comment, especially ones that are going through the same journey as I. Keeps my motivation up knowing someone has the same struggles as I do.

    Congrats on your weight loss! emoticon

    1862 days ago
    Here's to those who share their discoveries!

    1862 days ago
    Another great blog. I am opening that door and walking through.
    1862 days ago
    As we know, a minor fluctuation in weight is part of life. It sounds like you have this well in hand. I have no doubt that you will find the best thing for you!! You are awesome!! xoxo
    1862 days ago
    Another home run dear Steve. Thank you. Have a great Spark weekend. Hugs, Pat
    1862 days ago
  • CRACKERS4554
    I am changing one day at a time! Thank you for the inspiration you bring to my life!
    1862 days ago
    I am sure your weight will go down again next week when your body has got a bit more used to the new Routine - that always happens to me and as long as you don't panic and run to the bakery, you will be fine! Have a lovely weekend - maybe yóu could try out some of the lovely fancy winter salad recipes here on Spark!
    1862 days ago
    1862 days ago
    You know what amazes me most, Steve? It's so hard for me to believe you were not always this way...I can't imagine you not being this positive, upbeat, friendly, caring man who is in great physical health from diet and exercise! What a transformation!
    What an inspiration! I am glad you wrote this and glad when you reiterate it as I am sure newbies would read some of your blogs and think you are...perfect! They wouldn't realize you have a past they can relate to and that you overcame obstacles, etc to get where you are today!
    Have a great Friday...
    Love, Friendship & Many Hugs!
    1862 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Change is a very big word. It takes courage and you have plenty. You are in a constant state of renewal but sorry for the lactate buildup. Delayed Onset... It's awful and wonderful. It equals renewal. I actually like it in a perverse way.
    1862 days ago
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