Small Goals, Small Steps, one day at a time. Just breathe.
October 9, 2015
This is at Planet Fitness in Orange City, FL. Their Planet of Triumphs. How awesome is it when one of your friends goes to this gym, sees this at the front, takes a picture, tags you in it, and says how proud they are of the goals I have accomplished??? It makes me feel so incredible to know that I have not given up and that I will not ever give up!
Keeping The Motivation, Not Losing Focus
September 30, 2015
When I first started going to the gym in May of this year, I used the treadmill as part of my workout. The speed I used was 3.0 starting out. The incline was 1.
Here we are in the beginning of October, the incline graduated to 3.0 and my speed is 5.0 when jogging/running and 4.3 when walking fast. This is what I’m saying:
Things take time to progress and you can’t be in a rush. I motivate myself, speaking out loud saying OK, you can do this, you got this. I know it’s weird, and most likely there will be some kind of viral video going around from another member who videotapes me doing my crazy stuff on the treadmill, but I don’t care. It’s working for me. And I’m in the no judgment gym called Planet Fitness for a reason… Not to be judged.
I love every small goal that I accomplish. It’s not always about the big goal at the end. It’s more about the ways you take to get there and what you learn about yourself along the way. For me, I’m learning that I really can do anything I put my mind to. 66 gone, 31 more to go. I got this and I WILL do this.
Why I Push Forward
September 16, 2015
I push forward because going backwards doesn’t make sense. Going backwards shows me that I can’t. Going backwards shows me everything I don’t want to be and never want to be again.
For the first time in my life, I have worked towards something real and have achieved it one step at a time, in my own way. It’s a powerful feeling, and I feel empowered each day. Mostly because of the choices I make that I feel are defining my character. I care about what I put in my body, and making those decisions daily gives me a feeling of control and satisfaction that I could not even possibly relate into words.
I am happy with my progress.I am doing all the right things. A huge factor in all of this is the consumption of water only and no other beverage… ever. That, coupled with monitoring my calories and working out is making all the difference in my life, aside from my positive attitude.
I am telling you ALL this so that you can see why I am doing this. I am telling you so you know that I care about me as a person, I care to be here for my children, and I care about me as a brand when it comes to my music.
If I can do this, you can too. Officially down 60 pounds today. Started at 232.8, now at 172 today, 27 weeks later. What are you waiting for??
Breaking The Ice
September 2, 2015
My story, it needs to be told. Not for my benefit, but perhaps for yours. Facebook Memories showed me a picture of myself from this date in 2013 this morning, and I was hit with an image that prompted me to write this.
I saw something about me that I didn’t like for a long time. But I was stuck. I didn’t know how to make a change. I also couldn’t see myself any different. I had been this way practically my whole life. Friends, family, all tried to encourage me or help me. I couldn’t even help myself.
On March 17th this year, 2015, when I woke up in the morning to take a shower, I took a deep, hard look at myself in the mirror. I didn’t like what I saw. What I saw was a woman who had given up on herself. A woman who had potential to do anything…but stopped herself. I saw the roadblock right in front of my eyes. It wasn’t any thing, or any one, or any situation preventing me from being great. It was me all along.
My thought process had to change. I said out loud ENOUGH, and I made it my mission to be a better version of myself, one day at a time. See, to me, this is more than just weight loss. To me, that isn’t the journey I’m on. To me, this is about finding myself, one layer at a time, one day at a time. It’s about showing courage to continue to pursue positive changes, and to have the sticktoitiveness to keep motivated. For me, it’s about showing my kids that you can recognize the things that need to change in your life and make those changes, for the better.
I never want to go back to what I was before. What I was before was a person who was lost and hiding behind a body that just had no real reason or validation to be that way. And for so long. And for what? For nothing. For limiting myself. That was the result of doing nothing to better myself. The person I am inside is the same, but my way of thinking has changed. It’s not about looks, it’s about how I feel. And I can tell you that for once, I feel good and every day, I feel better. And every chance I get, I’ll tell my story. Not to brag. Not to shove it down anyone’s face. But to say hey, I made a change in my life that has just produced a domino effect of good things in my life.
Whatever the change in your life has to be, have the courage to make it. Life is not about going faster than anyone else in pursuit of your goals or dreams. It’s about going after them period, and reminding yourself everyday that you are worth it and that you can do this… One day at a time.
I started at 232.8 pounds and was diagnosed as morbidly obese, wore a size 22 in pants, 2xxl or 3xxl in shirts. 6 months later I am down to 175 pounds, a size 10 in pants, medium in shirts, and still doing this until I reach my own personal goal of 135 pounds and size 7/8. I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone. I’m working hard to achieve a goal that only I can obtain with hard work and determination.
If it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth it. The hard is what makes it great. The results is what keeps me moving forward. The smile on my face for making better choices in my life is priceless.
Be the change you want to see in your life. I remind myself everyday. And everyday, I thank God for the strength to keep going.
The choice to do something for your health, for your life, only rests in YOUR hands.