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Sampling Success

As I’m getting older, I find myself reminiscing about random events from my childhood. I remember going to Sam’s Club. One of the highlights (if not the only highlight) was getting samples as we shopped. Usually more times that not, if we sampled something and liked it, that product found its way to our basket.

You’re probably wondering what in the world does this have to do with weight loss. Well, sampling food at Sam’s has nothing to do with it all. However, the principle of sampling itself has something to do with my weight loss success. See, I sampled success early in the process. It wasn’t a lot by some standards – 2 lbs here and there. It was just enough to make me want more. It was just enough success that I put the product in my shopping cart. (Committed more to the process of losing weight).

I repeated the process of “sampling” success so much that it created a desire for more. It created personal momentum that carried me from 3 lbs to 80 lbs. I did nothing extraordinary. I just sampled enough success that I bought more & more of it (became more immersed in the process)

Everyone should sample success. It’s an amazing feeling. Be warned… One of the worst feelings is to experience success then lose it.

I’ve tasted success and I’m not going to lose it….

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Posted by on 06/25/2012 in Inspirational

 

Habits

I once heard that habits start as spider webs and end as iron chains. I had to agree. You don’t even realize you’re creating habits until they’re pretty well set. That can be good or bad depending on the habit. When I began,I definitely had bad habits. What’s crazy is I didn’t realize I had them.

Once I started the process of changing those habits, the “iron chains” part of the quote became very real to me. The first few weeks were harder simply because I was breaking bad habits and creating new ones. In the beginning, not consistently going to the gym, ordering tea at a restaurant, regularly eating out were all habits that I was fighting to break. Honestly, it was very tough. I lost those small battles more times than I won at first.

However, I kept with it and over time I replaced the bad habits with good ones. Now, very rarely do I miss a morning workout regardless of how I feel. The few times I dine out I now order water without hesitation.

Changing habits is quite simple. But like I’ve said before simple doesn’t equate to easy. Yes, it’s hard at times. No, it doesn’t happen over night. But believe me if you consistently work on creating good habits, eventually those good habits will become as iron chains.

If I can do it… you can do it….

 
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Posted by on 06/14/2012 in Weight Loss

 

It’s Worth It

“Is all this worth it?” I’ve asked multiple variations of that question countless times. Well, today that question was answered. (yet again) It’s not like I didn’t already know the answer to it.

I’m in the gym and this elderly lady (grandmother type) comes up to me and says just as pleasantly as she could “Sweetie, I’m so proud of you. I’ve watched you for the past few months. Keep it up. I told my friend’s daughter about you hoping it will inspire her. Keep going. Don’t stop. Your health is your wealth.”

Now I know everything I’m doing is worth it. But, at that moment, I realized it even more. Sacrificing sleep at times to make it to the gym. Pushing myself to complete exercises even though my muscles were on fire (side note. That pain doesn’t last nearly as long as the pride I feel for finishing the exercise in spite of the pain.)

If you’re wondering if the sacrifices, lifestyle changes, are worth it? If you’re wondering if the weeks of exercise & eating right with seemingly little or nothing to show for it is worth it? If you’re wondering if the effort required to change and the emotions of doubt, frustration, & uncertainty you’ll certainly experience are worth it?
The answer is yes!! It is! I promise it’s worth it and more.

So “Keep going. Don’t stop. Your health is your wealth.”

 
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Posted by on 06/08/2012 in Inspirational

 

Monday Morning Mindset

The alarm clock on my phone went off at 4:30 this morning. Rain was falling, thunder rolling, and lightening was flashing across the sky. It was the perfect combination for staying in bed. For a minute, I contemplated going back to sleep. After all, I’ve earned it. I’ll go this afternoon. Summer has started and no one is waking up early in my house. All these thoughts (excuses) ran through my head. I got up after a minute or two and began my morning pre-gym routine.

What’s the point in saying all that? Well, the point is to be successful in anything not just weight loss you have to be consistent and persistent. You have to create the habits for success. In this case, for me, it’s going to the gym in the mornings. Here’s the thing. It’s not about going when I feel like it. Or when the weather is great (Sidenote – if you’re alive, no matter if it’s raining, snowing, sunny, hail, etc… it’s great weather. Just my opinion) It’s about showing up day in and day out. Making decisions that get you closer to your goal. Whatever that may be.

So decide to do something everyday no matter what to get you closer to your dreams and goals.

I’m glad I went this morning. And the guys I’ve become friends with at the gym were glad to see me as well… As I walked in, I was met with someone saying “I see who’s serious and committed. You didn’t let a little rain stop you.” I nodded,smiled, high-fived, and got to work.

 
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Posted by on 06/04/2012 in Inspirational, Uncategorized

 
 
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