Friday, March 22, 2013
One Decision can change your life.
I'm making that decision today. I met my weight loss goal in Oct. of 2009 losing 52 pounds, and today its March 22, 2013.
My scale as of today reads 170 pounds up 15, but the damage is even worse. Since the summer I've been eating pretty much junk and stopped exercising, I've gotten flabby, lost my tone so I look even bigger, my clothes are getting tight, and I generally just feel blah.
I recall being in my healthy groove and how amazing it felt. I was always energized and happy and had such a sense of purpose and accomplishment. The fun of competing with myself and surprising myself with fitness gains. At one point I ran a 10 k, now I'm back to the start...I'd probably just drop unconscious if I tried to run for 5 minutes straight.
There are many things going on in my life right now that are challenging...the hotel I managed burned down last year taking away my income and finding work in an economically depressed area is proving to be very difficult.
My weight just ads to the angst. So I finally decided...I can't magic the hotel back, I can't just conjure up a new job, or make money fall from the heavens...But...I can choose to be happy...
I can choose to be grateful for all the wondorous blessings in my life and their are so many...and I can choose to take charge of my health and weight and get myelf back where I want to be.
Its time...I'm focused, I'm ready...and I have made a decision. I am going to lose 30 pounds and feel amazing both phsycially and emotionally. I'm posting this publically so that everyone knows I made this decision and I'm going to make it happen.
Here is to a new and improved, healthier version of me.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
This year I learned an amazing thing from Tony Robbins a well known Life Coach, speaker and author. What he taught me is our body responds to our thoughts. If you are feeling blah and kind of sad....your body reflects that. You feel drug out, your moving slow, your body would rather not move. When your happy and excited its the opposite...your body loves to move, everything is quick and easy, you feel light as a feather, you feel happy and energized.
The very kewl thing is the body just responds to thoughts it doesn't know the difference between what is real and what is imagined. So when your feeling lethargic and a bit down you can choose to change that simply by thinking and imagining happy thoughts, but its more than that to make the change instant...pretend just like when you were a little kid.
Think of something that would really get you excited and happy. One I use is...You just won the lottery. So as silly as it sounds I pretend I just won the lottery, I smile and shoot my arm in to the air...."YES!!!! YES!!!! I won I won. and I really throw myself into it. Another I have picked up is Little Richards song..OOOOOOOWWWW IIIIIIIIIII feeeeeeeel good...I knew that I would ya. I pretend I'm Him and sing it like him and well I always end up laughing and of course I make myself dance while doing it.
Its a choice...when your feeling low it takes discipline to do this...you don't wanna bother...but if you do...you quickly see it really does work. It changes your mental and physical state. Why feel rotten if you don't have too.
A few weeks back I was going to a job interview and I was really nervous...it felt like my insides were quaking. So on the drive I turned into lil Richard and sang at the top of my lungs imitiating him all the way...to other drivers I would look insane. However, I arrived at my interview just beaming with positive energy and was completely relaxed and at ease.
So today I get up...I'm feelin a bit blah, a bit low energy and I need to get on the treadmill,
but I don't want to, rather curl up with a book. So while getting washed up...I start doing my dance...and Iiiiiiii feel good....then I start whoooo its another big lottery win and some more crazy dancing while brushing my teeth.
Then I get on the treadmill and in my mind I was imagining winning a race and how amazing that feels, and then I saw in my mind I had just climbed a mountain and how good that accomplishment felt. and sometimes just thoughts like I am a winner, I am strong, I am fit...I am sheer awesomeness...I am an overcomer, I am a victor, I am a champion...I can do anything I set my mind to ...YES......I can. I reach all my goals and so on. And I allowed myelf to really feel those things and I smiled. Its amazing how much energy just smiling can give to you.
If I hadn't done this...I might not have worked out...and I certainly wouldn't have worked out on the treadmill for an hour and then gone on to do strength training.
Try this...Its amazing how well it works. you can change your state at will...its just a choice you make.
Whats the worst that can happen....you end up getting to laugh with yourself and feel like a kid again.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Who watched Biggest Loser this Season and did you watch last nights finale?
I watched and from very early on became a huge fan of Danni. Her team was wiped out almost immediately and so sometimes in challenges she had to do every thing herself but she never let it stop her, discourage her or get her down. With her team situation being she was the only one left.,who could have blamed her if she got discouraged. At that point the workouts were brutal for her, she was on her own and her chances of being able to stay each week before it went to individuals was not good. Somehow though she managed to dig deep and push through all those challenges. Every week I'd pray she make it through another week and every week she brought it and she became someone I truly admired. So last night I think I was even more nervous than Danni...I wanted her to win so bad. When she came out I was blown away she looked like a top model, she was ripped, her shoulders and arms were amazing, but most of all she looked so happy, so confident like she could take on the world and win. I've felt that way before and its an amazing feeling. Although I haven't felt like that in quite some time.
My fitness level has dropped to about zip....my eating habits are not where they need to be...I feel not sick but just kind of crummy. When I was losing my weight initially there was a point where the exercise and the healthy eating had my body almost buzzing with well being and I'd so like to get there.
Unlike Danni when challenges have come my way in the form of sickness or busyness and it takes me away from my workouts, or away from my focus on healthy eating I don't just pick right back up. I've had a very divided focus.
The result is this I'm almost 15 pounds over my goal of 155...I feel crappy...my body is not toned and I don't like how I look right now, my clothes are tight and it seems overwhelming to me because I keep thinking of all the work it will take to get where I want to be.
One positive thing I have been consistent about is feeding my mind to discard negative thoughts and replace them with positive. Today I watched a Tony Robbins video about how focusing on one tiny change can change your life.
I think of Danni...low self esteem, overwhelmed by her weight and her student loans 8 months ago. Danni made one decision try to get on the biggest loser...once there she decided every day to do her best and to make weight loss her focus. Now it blows my mind in just 8 months she has gone from being obese, out of shape, low self esteem to fit, healthy, beutiful, confidendent and has 250,000.00 dollars in her bank account...bye bye student loans. She will be appearing in a subway commerrcial more money, and she is such a crowd favorite I'm sure biggest loser will employ her in some capacity. She has inspired millions and those millions have loved her and sent her positive energy for her to fly on. Wow...8 months...and all of this the result of one decision. No way could she have ever dreamed she could change her life in less than a year to this degree.
This really got me thinking. My attention has been all over the place...I'm worried about finances and the fact that a job is not at least till now coming my way so I spend alot of energy and frustration trying to find that job. I'm taking a life coaching course but then defeat myself by piling on all the internet marketing things I need to learn and the start up capital I need to have a successful coaching practice, More energy wasted and negative overwhelming thinking that drains me there are just a whole lot of places where my mindset needs to be simplified and I need to make one decision, and focus on that. I can't control when a job comes, I can't control when money will come...but I can focus on getting healthy and let the positive energy flow out from that, and in the other areas continue looking, continue learning, but make getting healthy my main focus will help me to feel better overall.
Danni has inspired me and I really want to make a plan and put it into action.
Have a good day everyone.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
I'm so happy today. For the first time in a couple of years I was able to exceed my fitness goals for the week. I received the sparkpeople trophy for 1000 fitness minutes in a month and we are only 2 weeks into july. I've been drinking my water, eating loads of fruits and veggies and tracking much more consistently than I was. My scale is being incredibly stubborn despite all this but eventually I know it will have to cave. I finally think I've got my groove back and it feels fantastic. I love the sense of accomplishment eating right and exercising gives me to say nothing of the physical benefits. Life is good and I'm so grateful for this great website and all my sparky friends who help and encourage me and laugh and cry with me. Love you all.
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