Sunday, January 05, 2014
I know there's a popular saying that goes, "Failure is not an option." I know where the sentiment is coming from but I think it would be more appropriate to say what the poster above says, "Failure is an option. Quitting is not."
When we fail, it gives us an opportunity to see what does and doesn't work for us. It gives us an opportunity to start over, to change, adapt, alter. We're not all the same. What may work for your 5'2" petite 102 lb. friend may not work for you. The key to success is discovering what works for you, for your body, for your mentality, for your schedule.
I have attempted many times in my life to get in shape, to get healthy and fit, but have not been successful in reaching my goal, maintaining a weight loss, or fitness routine.
Along my journey, I have learned many things about myself:
I've learned that I have to be conscious about my food all the time. I can't be slack on my program because that leads to a slippery slope of "I'll start back on my program tomorrow" (which, of course, turns into next week or next month and then never happens).''
I've learned I have to do my workouts first thing in the morning (at the ungodly hour of 4:15 a.m.) before my day even starts or it doesn't get done. If I put it off until after work, by that point, I'm tired and don't want to work out or I just don't feel like doing it.
AND I've learned that because of the way my metabolism is, I can't eat healthy OR workout, I have to do BOTH in order to have any real success.
I've learned that if I want to have the energy to get up in the morning to do my workouts, it's necessary for me to get the appropriate amount of sleep, which I never do (my plan this year is to get more rest).
But the most important thing I've learned over this long journey is that I never give up. No matter what has gone on in my life or in the life of those I love, I may stumble, I may fall, I may fail, but I never give up!
Don't get discouraged if you slip up. Don't throw in the towel if you miss a workout. Don't give up if you have an "off" week.
Just look at it as an opportunity to learn more about yourself, how you handle stress, what your triggers are, what doesn't work for you.
Be determined to not give up! Don't ever give up! As long as you keep trying, you cannot fail! It's when you stop trying altogether that you fail! Don't give up!
Friday, January 03, 2014
In July, I started my Spark People journey off with not just a spark, but a roaring fire. I was going to conquer not only the world, but this battle with obesity that I've had for many years. My son deployed to Afghanistan in July and I was determined to totally transform myself before he got back in the early spring of 2014. As usual, I ran headfirst into my nutrition and workout regimen, determined to make a change.
Fast forward to August. I was having so much pain in my hips and my lower back that I could no longer workout. After visiting the doctor, I found that I have bursitis in both of my hips, degenerative disease in my lower lumbar, arthritis in my back and shoulders, not to mention they think I might have fibromyalgia. I have to go for some additional tests to find out why I'm having pain all over.
Needless to say, I was very discouraged and being an emotional eater, I have put on over
5 lbs, since August. Over the past few weeks, I have reevaluated my course of action for my health and fitness and come to one conclusion:
I have to face my reality. Daily pain is my reality. I have to find a way to cope with it without turning to food and still be able to do things that will make my health, physique, and quality of life better. I'm going to take things one day at a time. I realize I put far too much pressure on myself and I let myself down far too often. This time, I'm going to give myself room not only to succeed but also to fall and get back up again. I believe by taking my journey one day at a time, all the small daily steps I'll take will add up to a giant leap to success on this wonderful journey I've embarked on.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
As I finish my first week of my new nutrition and fitness regime, I reflect back on how my week went and I see a defining moment for me. My husband and I went to our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner on Wednesday night. Now normally, I would order Chinese tea (with lots of sugar added), eat an entire bowl of fried noodles by myself (with lots of duck sauce for them), wonton soup, an egg roll, General Tso's Chicken, and sometimes a desert.
This time, when we went, I was very conscientious about what I chose to eat. Instead of having the tea, I had water. I ordered egg drop soup and shrimp in white sauce with steamed vegetables and brown rice. I ate half the serving of brown rice which was probably about 1/3 cup.
My husband asked me if I was going to have any of the fried noodles (they're my absolute favorite because they make their own noodles and they're so light and crispy!). I told him "no". "Not even one?" he asked with a surprised look on his face.
That's when I knew this was a defining moment for me. It proved to me that this time is different for me. That I'm motivated and determined and am willing to make choices that are going to keep me on my path to health and fitness. Yeah, me! Go Sue, Go Sue!
Saturday, July 13, 2013
You know, it's occurred to me all the time, effort and money I've put into trying to get in shape and healthy in the past, without lasting success.
I was doing some cleaning today and had to put some things away in the closet. My closet contains book cases full of diet and fitness books and magazines. I have invested tons of money on these over the years, not to mention gym memberships, food, and supplements.
If I put the knowledge that I've learned through these resources to use, I would have been at my physical goal years ago!
But I can't think about all that's been wasted, all the time and energy. I have to look ahead, to the future, to when I will reach my goal by utilizing and putting into practice what I know I need to do to get where I want to be.
I have some really great resources and today, I got some of them out to form what will be my new nutrition and fitness regimen. I know if I stick with it and be consistent, I'll have success . . . wish me luck!
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Let me just start off by saying I love surprises! And I especially love when I can get my son William who always ruins every surprise!
My son Justin is in the Marines. He's getting ready to deploy for Afghanistan. He's been gone since February in training. My other son, William, is in the Air Force. He's been deployed to Africa since February. So the brothers haven't seen each other in 5 months.
I found out a couple of days before July 4th that Justin was going to have a 96 hour leave but we live too far for him to come home. His girlfriend and I drove to Camp Lejeune, NC from Pennsylvania to see him. It occurred to me that my son William would be returning to the states from Africa and had a 10 hour layover in Virginia.
So you know what I did! I drove to Camp Lejeune, picked up Justin, then drove to Virginia to surprise William at the airport. He knew I was coming, but he had no idea Justin was going to be there. Talk about surprised! The brothers were glad they got to see each other since Justin won't be home from Afghanistan until next year. I drove a lot of miles, a lot of hours, but it was worth it! Gotcha,William!
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