30
Sep
14

The child is grown the dream is gone

I love Pink Floyd.  I was listening to Comfortably Numb today and it hit me that me, people in general, stop dreaming.  Towards the end of the song the lyrics say “The child is grown the dream is gone”.  Since I have been working deep into my first week of my MKMMA scholarship,  I have really been putting a lot of thought into my dreams, my life’s vision, and what my purpose is.  It hit me pretty hard that most people stop dreaming when they are very young.

Can you remember what you wanted to do when you were a kid?  Can you remember when you would do new things it if you messed up there was nothing to be embarrassed about?  Can you remember when you believed that things would be ok and you were not “weighed down” with all kinds of negativity and bad thinking?

Well I can.  The lyrics rang true that often times when the child is grown the dreams are gone.  What if you could have your dream of running?  What if you could have your dream of being the person you know you really want to be inside?  EVERYTHING starts with a dream, with a thought…………..Just some food for thought

29
Sep
14

The funk hits sometimes

Today I was just in a funk.  Finished off a great training week with 10 hours out there on the road.  It was tough but it felt really good to make progress in my conditioning.  Often times what happens after such a physical output is that I get bummed out the day or two after I finish it.  I don’t like that but it seems to come with the territory.  I accept it………I just wanted to spout off about it to get it out there in the open so that I don’t keep dwelling on it like it is some kind of bad thing that reflects bad on me.  Like something is wrong with me or whatever.  So I am here to say to myself that I am OK, I am doing the right things, and I am achieving my goals

27
Sep
14

When you see a “big” person out there exercising think twice

IMG_20140927_103153678Today while I was out for my 6 hour jaunt to train for my 24 hour race coming up in December, I had to chuckle to myself.  One thing that I do now when I talk about my running is I usually only give the amount of time or the distance but not both.  It automatically causes a person to judge me or themselves.  Really it is all irrelevant.  The important part is that YOU or ME is out there.  That’s what counts. Anyway, so sometimes I will get passed by a “faster” runner, orrrrrrrrr……….I will pass a “slower” runner.  I have learned over time is that things are not always as they appear.  That fast person might be running a mile as fast as they can and I am on my 5th hour out there and feeling grumpy.  Or, that person I pass might be getting past the longest they have ever gone and I am on my faster weekly run.  My point is that it’s important to remember that everyone is in their own place on the fitness journey and us looking from the outside have no idea where that is.

18
Jul
14

I am going to make it. Inspiration for a down time

Today is one of those days.  I did everything I was supposed to do and I should feel good about that but I don’t.  Sometimes it just happens that way.  When I feel like this I often will play this video to get inspired and realize that things get tough, that it’s not easy, and that really it is just a journey of persistence.    Check it out.

15
Jul
14

Step by step the weight comes off

Losing weight is a son-of-a-gun!  It takes time.  It takes effort.  It takes pain.  It takes deprivation LOL.  Well you don’t have to actually deprive yourself but there really shouldn’t be anymore “eat the whole large pizza” nights. HAHAHA.  I lost weight this week and feel pretty darn good about it so I tried to celebrate the victory and reflect.  I remembered that losing weight is both a mental and physical journey.  In both aspects all it takes is one step after another.  I remembered that it takes time and patience is essential to our success.  I realized that just doing the small things right, day after day, as boring as it can get will give you the results that you want.  Sometimes the pathway to success is not so exciting and that is ok because it is not excitement that gets the job done.  IT’S ACTION.

13
Jul
14

Keeping on your weight loss path when things get “boring”

WR50 009Inspired, excited, enthusiastic, driven, unstoppable, fearful, anxious ………..all of these things are commonly felt by people at the beginning of their weight loss journey.  Sometimes these feelings resonate strongly within us but only for a moment, sometimes they last a few months.  But what are we to do when the emotions subside and we find out it is just plain work???  Now that is a very important question to ask yourself.  Often times inspiration and motivation are not long-lasting, sustainable, or constantly with us.  It’s ok, this is normal and should be expected.  If you are experiencing a dip in your excitement about your journey (regardless of what your journey may be) you are not alone.  In the previous post I talked about having routine to get you through to the finish line but even routines/habits get boring.  Here are some simples action items that will help you when you feel that your path is old and boring:

  • Remember that it is normal to lose some excitement and motivation.  Don’t give up because you are not extremely pumped about your journey.  Even those you know who have gotten their goals have experienced similar feelings.
  • Celebrate what you have already achieved even if you perceive that you are SO far away from your ultimate goal
  • Constantly set new “baby step” goals.  It is exciting to achieve our goals and that is why it is so important to set smaller goals that you can achieve and celebrate on your way to your main goal
  • Write down your own personal reasons for having your goal in the first place.  Your reasons are your deep down gut feelings of why it is so important to you to get what you want.  Read these reasons to remind you of why you are doing what you are doing as often as possible
  •  Finally, realize that it is not excitement or inspiration that gets you to the top.  It is persistent and consistent action.
02
Jul
14

How important is routine to your weight loss success???

IMG_0016As the tress in the picture border and frame out the pathway, routines can become one of the most important pillars that will hold you up until you achieve your weight loss goal.  And again like the picture, your routines can frame your path to success.  I believe to achieve weight loss without consistent routines is very difficult.  Think about it…………you have to exercise consistently, then you have to slowly ramp up the exercise consistently, you will have to have a pretty consistently healthy diet where you eat less than you burn, and you will have to weigh consistently.  Each of these things will have a routine with it.   For example, I weigh myself once per week on Monday’s and ONLY Mondays.  That is my routine and it has a purpose (weighing more often than once per week can breed trouble and discouragement due to normal fluctuations).  I also have exercise routines that I do on a consistent basis.  I am changing these routines up now but once I get the changes made I will have developed a new routine that I will perform on a consistent basis.

Another thing that a routine can do for you is give you something to look forward to, or measure, or beat.  It gives a person a good feeling when they do something that their routine calls for.  When you are supposed to work out after work on Wednesday and then you do it, it builds up confidence in you.  Confidence is often built upon what YOU DO. This is why I think the main focus, especially in the beginning, is to develop a routine that you can consistently follow.  One that if you do it, it will be impossible not to succeed as long as you have patience.  Routine, habit, consistency…………..I guess you can call it by many names.  Just KNOW that doing the right things over and over will get you to where you need to go.  It won’t always be at the speed you want and sometimes it may be faster, but having the endurance to keep on keeping on will get you a win.

HOW DO YOU DEVELOP A ROUTINE?

  1. Write down you goal
  2. Read that goal daily
  3. Write a daily “to-do” list of things that you have to do to achieve that goal (stay within weight watchers points, calories, exercise today).
  4. Be persistent and develop patience
  5. Watch yourself achieve your goal
  6. Be thankful



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