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Be brave

Friday, December 09, 2011

Lately I have been thinking a lot about what it takes to do this whole weightloss thing and stick to it for the long haul.

Persistence and Patience are the first and foremost that come to mind. But there is another element that needs to be tapped into....to be brave.

It's an inner bravery that needs to come out of one's soul to say: "Absolutely not - I will not be this way any longer...I will change and not turn back...no matter what."

With weightloss...there are so many obstacles: people (the doubters), situations (the social scene), the emotional, the mental, the physical...I can go on and on and on. But I think the one that comes out the most is fear.

Fear of failure.
Fear of what people will think if we try and then fail...again.
Fear of trying something new.
Fear of deciding that no matter what, no matter how many times you screw up, you will eventually succeed....and then what do you do when you get there?
Fear of basically...the unknown.

It takes bravery to stand up to those food demons, the doubters and the situations that come up like road bumps along the way.

It takes bravery to say, "no thanks" to someone who thinks that just because you are heavy, you want to eat everything in sight.

It takes bravery to walk that extra quarter mile, even if it takes another 10 or 20 minutes and your knees are hurting.

It takes bravery to look in the mirror, look yourself in the eye and say, "I love you" to yourself because god knows, there are some days when noone utters the words except for yourself.

It takes bravery to keep going the very next moment after one falters.

It takes bravery to LEARN from those moments of weakness and try better the next time.

It takes bravery to look deep inside and figure out your demons....because everyone has them you know...everyone.

It takes bravery to track every single thing....and to be completely and utterly HONEST with yourself.

It takes bravery to donate every single piece of clothing that doesn't fit you right now - whether you are at goal weight & holding on to the big pants or if you are far from getting into those skinny jeans from 10 years ago!

It takes bravery to come out and say "I need help, I am faltering a bit now - please help me back up."

It takes bravery to be persistent and patient for the long haul.

My wish for all that read this is for you to be brave...for yourself, for those who love you, for the future healthier you....because that person is in there and deserves to have someone on their side.

PS...just so you know, I'm not implying that if one fails they are not brave...things take time...and that is where the patience & persistance part come into play. God knows how long it took me to figure this all out...20 years? LoL OK, probably not that long, but sometimes, it sure as heck feels like that. And if you think that I am always brave...think again! ALL of this takes practice...and just like the meaning of life, it is a constant journey to figure out.

So in the meantime....be brave!!!

How are you going to be brave today????

  
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REBECCATKD 12/10/2011 12:30PM

    Cheers to bravery!
emoticon (That's a water bottle, BTW.)
Thanks for the inspiration!

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OAKBORN 12/10/2011 8:38AM

    The Absolute Amazing Anne strikes again! Gently with truth and love!

Thank you my friend! You keep me smiling, grounded and strong!

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COLLINSCJ2012 12/9/2011 10:20PM

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BEATLETOT 12/9/2011 9:56PM

    This is a wonderful blog post!!! I'm checking "I Liked This"!

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THISISIT-PA 12/9/2011 8:12PM

    Very inspiring blog! I'll keep it in mind for the times I feel weak.

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JSPEED4 12/9/2011 2:47PM

    Well, I use old clothes to stuff furniture cushions, but otherwise, I agree. emoticon

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Post reunion blog

Sunday, November 27, 2011

You are all going to hate me...I never got a full body shot from the reunion!! I hate to even admit this, but I barely took a dozen pictures! as soon as we entered the room, I was everywhere and chatting it up...and if not that, I was on the dance floor with my old gang.

Thank heavens my friend got a few shots!

You can see that I paired the little black dress with a silver belt (um, it was really a necklace - LoL call it creative accessorizing!) and a dangly set of silver circle earrings.


As you can also see....the silly grin that did not leave my face the entire night!!!

We really had a great time...it really was neat seeing familiar faces from the past, reconnecting, and seeing & talking with actual people that I chat with all the time on FB.

My feet are still recovering from dancing the night away...my knee-high black heeled boots paired with a textured stocking finished my look perfectly but boy, the poor feet were hurting by the end of the night!

I felt great going into this, thanks to getting healthy over the past 3 years... really glad I decided to change up my lifestyle way before this event. Feeling and looking good were the icing on top of the cake for me!!

Part of me is sad that the reunion has now come and gone...it was one of my mini-goals to go into it feeling & looking good...now I need another mini-goal to focus on. I already have the 5% winter challenge coming up and I think after that is a 5K in June. What I have learned from doing this for so long is that we always need something in the distance to focus on - to strive for.

So now it's on to another chapter in this journey!

  
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DWEXCEL 11/28/2011 7:01AM

    Love it! emoticon

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IAMLION 11/27/2011 7:38PM

    Way to go my friend!! emoticon

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OAKBORN 11/27/2011 3:27PM

    I am so glad you had such a great time! And yes lady you looked FAB! I bet you blew them away!

Keep your goals in mind! I think that is hardest part of maintenance is keeping goals in mind... and they definitely DO help!

I love your challenge for the winter! Keep it moving baby!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/27/2011 7:26AM

    Now do it for YOU - you sound/look like you had a great time and you should be proud of how beautiful you look. Make everyday a "reunion" and/or "reconnect" with yourself (and be sure to take full body shots). Have a great day, pat

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5% Winter Challenge Goals

Friday, November 25, 2011

How do I start this one.

Well, I don't want to lose any more weight (please don't hate me)...but to continue to maintain what I have going on. I will be useless to my team when it comes to weighin points if this is anything like the Biggest Loser! sorry guys.

So instead I will be focusing on my weakness - get ready for it, cue horn section: da da daaaaaa......my exercise! (no surprise there to those who know me! LOL)

Here we go...the goals:
1) Actually DO the strength training that I have set up on my fitness tracker for 3 days a week!
2) I would love to say "go outside and walk if weather permits" but really, it's winter, so I have to change that up...how about: Go on the treadmill and RUN at least one straight mile (or more) per session at least 2 times a week. (trust me, this is more than what I would do even if I were exercising like a fiend.)
3) Interact with my Team! My goodness, I am SO out of practice when it comes to teams...this one, watch out people, you will be sick of me by the end of this thing...when I start cheering you on, it ain't gonna stop!
4) I'd say "me time" but really, that is when I would exercise so instead I am going to put "me time with my friends!" I really have to get out and see my friends more....so once a week, I am going to try and see my friends, even if it is for an hour for coffee! I have to stop being a reclusive stay at home mom facebooking sparking shut-in. LoL

OK - I'm tapped out. Can't think of another thing. If I do, I will just come back and add it to the list.

Eww...I can't even determine a 5% change to calculate with this list! Weight-wise it would be a 6.5 pound loss...which would make me 124-ish. Like I said, I don't know if I want to go that way. I am all about 'maintainability' when it comes to weight...that is a bit low for me in my head. Oh well....how 'bout I just do this challenge and see where it take me. That is the plan.

OK Sparkers! See you on the boards!!!

  
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TWNOMWE 11/25/2011 9:28AM

    I would love to be in your shoes.
Cheer us on.
Your goals are great and doable. emoticon

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First 5K - done!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

And hubby and I ran across the finish line together! Hand in hand too!!

We made it across in better time than we hand thought - I was figuring 45 minutes, but it turns out that we made it across the line in 34 minutes + a couple of seconds!

34 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!

I am in shock!!!!!

Goes to show that doing a bit (no matter how cyclical one is with exercise over the year) - it does add up!

I cannot tell you how awesome it feels to finally say that I have done a 5K!!! Never thought I'd do that in my life!!

I have to thank my awesome friend Steph for wanting to do this, she is one of my inspirations!!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

  
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OAKBORN 11/24/2011 2:43PM

    So proud of you superwoman! And you did it with your hubby! We need to run one together sometime... perhaps Cleveland? emoticon

emoticonHave a great Thanksgiving! emoticon

emoticonI know I'm thankful for your friendship! You are part of the reason I am Army Strong! emoticon

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VON_1962 11/24/2011 1:34PM

    Congratulations on accomplishing your first 5K! How exciting that your hubby was by your side. Way to go on the time, that is awesome. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Giving thanks..tis the season right?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So many things to list that I am thankful for, so here I go:
emoticonSpark - I think if you read my page, you know why.
emoticon My sister & her friend for pointing me in this direction in 2008.
emoticon My hubby & family for supporting me over the years & getting healthy along the way too!
emoticonMy family's health.
emoticonMY health.
emoticonSparkfriends - you guys pick me up when I need it, root me on to keep going, and never judge.
emoticonMy friends who I don't get to see except for once or twice a year...but when we get together it is always awesome!
emoticonMy kids - they really are wonderful people...and they make my job easy 75% of the time.
emoticon iTunes
emoticonMy body that moves to iTunes 75% of the time I am exercising!
emoticonTo acceptance & understanding for things that I cannot change.
emoticonTo willpower & perseverance that get me to see the bigger picture when I start to feel down and out.

There are more things, I am sure...but this is it in a nutshell for now while I wait for the pies to finish baking.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
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NIKKIG125 11/24/2011 3:17AM

    Great list! I love that Itunes is one of the things you're thankful for!! I feel the exact same way!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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