Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Triumph with Effort

If you can't excel with talent, triumph with effort.

Dave Weinbaum, Businessman, writer and part-time stand-up comic

This quote is perfect for me! I have told people before that I am nobody special with no special physical abilities. BUT, I put in as much or more effort as anyone to prepare for and reach my goals.

We can't all be world class athletes. What we can do is give 100% whenever we set a goal, whatever that may be. Make it a great day.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Michelle and I spoke with a local charitable organization today about partnering together to help raise obesity awareness through prevention and education programs.  I am really excited about it and hope that our story might make a difference for someone struggling with the same issues.

In August of 2009, I told Michelle that I felt like the reason I was losing the weight was for the benefit of someone other than myself and my family.  When she asked who I thought it might be I told her I didn't know.  I made a commitment at that time to continue to lead a healthy life and strive be a positive role model since I didn't know who it might be. 

Hideaway Lake 2010
Maybe this is my purpose.  Through education, maybe I can intervene in someone elses life before they reach that suffocating point of hopelessness that too many people are familiar with.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.~ George Santayana

When I started my weight loss plan, I made a conscious decision not to take measurements or weekly pictures. The primary reason initially was so that when I failed and gave up I wouldn’t have memorialized the beginning of my failure. After some initial success, I told myself that I wanted this to be a forever change and not something that had a beginning and an end and still never took pictures or measurements.

The only measurement I can tell you for sure is that I lost 16 inches from my gut between June 2009 and October 2009 from measurements my doctor took. When I went in for my appointment in June, I had already lost 50 pounds and in October, I had lost 110. I have no idea what the true inches lost were by the time I got to 135 lost. I was wearing a XXXL shirt and pants with a 42-inch waist and a belly hanging over. Now I wear a M/L shirt and pants with a 30-inch waist.

What got me thinking about this was the Biggest Loser episode this week. During the challenge they had to strap on all the weight they had lost. They shed the weight they lost at each weigh-in over the course of the challenge which was 500 step ups and a 1 mile run. Each of the contestants kept saying how horrible it was and that they didn’t want to remember how big they were and how difficult it was being overweight. One guy said it was like strapping a 14 year old to your back, which I can relate to.

I feel quite the opposite. I want to remember EXACTLY what it was like as a constant reminder of why I don’t want to go back to that point in my life. So now I feel like I should have taken the pictures and measurements for that reminder as well as a way to celebrate my successes along the way. I have seen a number of video transformations that are very inspirational too. I saw this one today which prompted this post…. 266 One Year Anniversary .

I think I need to go through the pictures my family took during this time frame because I was normally taking our pictures and not in very many of them. These two are from June 2007 and February 2010....

Original blog description

This was my original blog description. A little long but I wanted to memorialize it since I recently changed it....

"I should have started this about a year ago but I have saved lots of stuff to add. My goal here is to motivate others to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. Many people helped me along the way, and now I am trying to do my part to repay them for their support and words of encouragement."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Skinny Runner's Weight Loss Tips


I came across this today and thought I would share.  You don't have to be a runner to use the strategies they show.  It's worth a look!!


Another Winston Churchill gem!!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - -- Winston Churchill

I saw this today and wanted to get it down somewhere before I forgot it!!
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