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you-will-tell-them-yesI have a lot of time where I hear “No” – whether it is a real “no” or a perceived “no”.  All my life, I have been the girl that would rather read about something than do it, or would rather read/watch TV than be outside.  Over the last few years, I grew unhappy with my appearance and my health.  I wanted to be healthier for our kids.  I wanted to get back to that person in the wedding pictures, only a healthier version of me.   It wasn’t until January 2012 that I did something about it, seriously did something.

Even at that time, there were a lot of perceived “nos” coming at me.  People didn’t think that I had any issues, or that I was doing the wrong thing, or pushing myself too hard, or whatever.  I won’t say that it’s been easy, because it hasn’t.  I will say that it’s been the best change in my life in years.  Every time someone said “no” or I heard a “no” implied in something else, I tried not to let it bog me down. I tried to take it and change it.  Even when someone would minimize my accomplishments, I tried to change that around in my head…or I used it as ammunition to get my butt off the couch and do something about it.

I’ve decided that “Yes, I Can” is going to be my motto going into 2013.  To all of those who don’t think I can achieve my goals for the year, or those who don’t think that what I am accomplishing is all that important – thank you for providing me the motivation to push past my blocks or to keep pushing even when I want to give up.

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I saw this on Facebook the other day.

You are a runner

I needed to see it.  I have been the kid picked last in gym class.  I have been heavier.  I have been the clumsy.  For too long, the “can’ts” have ruled what I do for fitness and weight loss.  Things were always too hard, too much work, too difficult to schedule, just too much.  I had to change how I thought.  I had to really look at myself and determine what I was going to do and what my end-game was going to be.

Then a few months ago, I decided to incorporate running into my life.  I entered a number of local races (mostly 5ks).  I was definitely not the fastest – I still haven’t run a full 5k without walking – but I wasn’t giving up.  I even entered a half-marathon.  I walked most of it due to pain, but I didn’t give up.  Even when I was in tears and texting my husband that I hurt and wanted to stop, I still didn’t give up.

I’m not perfect.  Yes, I obsess too much about how fast other people run.  Yes, I am always in pursuit of another training plan, more technology, comparing my run times & paces.  Yes, I probably enter too many races.  But you know what – that’s all ok.  Some of it, I need to figure out how to let go and let my run be at my pace, but it’s still ok.  Will I always be slow?  Probably slower than I want, but at least it gives me something to aim for.  As John Bingham says in the quote above “You are a runner”.

I AM A RUNNER.

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I often get sucked into negative thoughts.  For whatever reason, I sometimes feel that I’m not good enough – not a good enough mom, not a good enough wife, not a good enough employee, not a fast enough runner, not a ______________ (fill in the blank).  I’ve been working on changing those thoughts over the last few years.  It’s a struggle sometimes, but I think I’m making progress.  I ran across this picture a few weeks ago and it really hit home….

Today, anything is possible.  It’s my choice to get up and run.  It’s my choice to take a deep breath and not let my frustration get the better of me.  It’s my choice to be the best that I can be.  Today, no mountain is too high, no run is too long (ok, so maybe it’s not realistic, but still), no workout is too hard for me to do my best.  I know it’s hard sometimes.  I know that I can’t always be Miss Cheery or Miss Perfect, but neither do I want to be.  I just want to be someone that my family wants to be around, that makes good decisions, that my friends want to hang out with, and that I can feel happy being me.

Today, I started the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge for 2012.  It marks the beginning of a 7 week challenge.  This is a challenge in which I can use the tools and skills I have gained through the last year to make it through the holidays.  It gives me a way to make sure I am staying on target, and maybe, just maybe, I will win some really cool prizes.  I can guarantee I will make some on-line friends and that I will gain some great advice from some awesome coaches.

What things are you making possible today?

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Motivation Monday

I am a horrible procrastinator – just ask my husband.  I can make a project last a long time…even if it means that there are totes of clothes in my living room.  I will also find almost any excuse not to do something…(what, read this month’s book club selection?  but these other books are like candy!)

That’s why I am making a point this fall and winter to get things done.  Weather is NOT going to be an excuse for not working out.  I can run on the treadmill at the Y or my parents’ house.  I can even run outside.  If hubby’s work schedule isn’t going to work with my workout schedule, I will find a way to make it work…if that means I need to take the girls with me to the Y, fine;  if that means I get up at the crack of dawn or stay up late, fine.  I have to make it work if I am going to achieve my goals.

During Hurricane Sandy, one thing struck me.  If the soldiers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers can stand guard during that, I can surely get my butt off the couch and workout.

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This summer, I was training for several races, the longest of which was a half-marathon.  I found this picture in the spring and referred to it a lot. It brought me around when I thought of stopping, when my training fell apart, when the heat was overwhelming.  How can I tell my daughters not to give up when I wanted to give up?

It doesn’t matter what you are up against…if it’s just a Monday, if it’s financial difficulties, a job situation (or lack thereof), a bad run or workout, or just a bad morning with your spouse/significant other/kids…don’t give up.  Keep going – just one foot in front of the other.

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A while ago, I was given a challenge to figure out what has worked for me and what hasn’t worked for me during this weight loss/fitness journey I have been on since January.

I sat down toward the end of 2011 and tried to figure out how I was going to make a change in my life.  I was sick and tired of being overweight, of not wearing clothes that fit (or that I liked).  I was just sick and tired.  So I made a commitment to myself to try to change things around.   If I want to change how my life ends, I need to be the author of my life.  If I want to see my grandchildren (in a LONG time), then I need to do what is necessary so that I don’t end up with health issues like my grandparents.  It’s my responsibility to make the change – no one else can do it for me.

What Worked!

What has worked for me is support and challenges.  I was in a weight loss/fitness challenge through my local Y from January to May.  I also participated in a Live Healthy Iowa Wellness Challenge during that same time.  At the end of that,  I struggled.  Luckily I had a friend who was willing to continue our weekly weigh-ins to help with some accountability.  In June, I found the Marathon Weight Loss Challenge by Jessica from the Run With Jess blog.  That was a 13-week challenge that took me from June to September.  There were a lot of online participants, which was good; and a weekly weigh-in, which also helped.  In about 2 weeks, I start the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge, which will take me from November to January, when I will pick up the Y’s challenge again this year.   All of these have helped give me a little motivation and have helped me be accountable to myself and my fellow participants.

Another thing that has worked for me is to have a goal and a plan.  When I was training for the Southern Tennessee Plunge Half Marathon, I knew what I needed to do and I had a plan for it.  Without a plan or a goal, I just stumble around trying to figure out what to do.  My goal right now is to build my strength and my running endurance for next spring’s running season, with an end goal of running all the Grand Prix races next year.  My plan to accomplish this includes C25k, NRoL4W, and general cardio.

I’m also very thankful that my husband is supporting me on my journey.  Most everyone has been supportive and understanding when I say I can’t do something due to a training run, regular workout, or when I decline sweets or other unhealthy food.

What Hasn’t Worked!

But what hasn’t worked?  Focusing on too many things at once.  For me, I need to have a plan and a schedule.  I can’t just try and make it work, because that makes me sit on the couch and watch Project Runway.  I also need to make sure I take time for myself – whether that’s just alone time or workout time.  If I don’t have that time to myself, I start getting overwhelmed and stressed, which leads to unhealthy eating and activities.

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What has worked for you on your journey?  What hasn’t worked for you?

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Since Mondays are tough sometimes…I thought I would try to help motivate people a bit.  If you are on Facebook, you have probably seen most of these, but consider it a reminder.

There are days I feel like this is happening.  I try to use my runs to refocus and spend time thinking about what is important.  There are days that my run is all about putting one foot in front of the other and it’s all I can do to just keep going and not give up.  I have to dig deep and ask for help to keep going.  But you know what?  That’s ok.  My faith is growing, my strength is growing, and my endurance is growing.

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