Category Archives: Inspiration

You Can Do It!

Hey again everyone! I hope everyone is having a good Monday, and had a good weekend! Can you believe Thanksgiving is in three days?! I’m quite looking forward to it, and the Christmas season, but I just can’t believe it’s already that time of year.

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So the big news today is that I weighed in and lost FOUR POUNDS! I am so excited! I’m also just kind of amazed. I wouldn’t call it easy, but it’s definitely so doable that I’m sitting here thinking, “Why have I been this heavy this long?!?” So that was pretty exciting! I am now firmly in the 250s, on my way down to the 240s! I walked 3 miles today already! 🙂

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I’m also going to attempt to take it easy this week, more than normal, considering I am going to allow myself a normal, food-soaked Thanksgving. For me, it’s important not to deprive myself of things, especially since food is something I really look forward to. It’s a deep psychological issue for me, but I still have to wean myself from that kind of thinking slowly. And, come on! Thanksgiving is something everyone looks forward to! I’m all about not feeling too guilty on Thanksgiving.

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Also: this is sort of random, but I came across this photo on TheMetaPicture.com (a site that posts random funny, cute, newsworthy, etc. stuff from around the ‘net) and I thought I would share it here. I was floored! Check this out for inspiration!!! (I apologize for it being such a tall photo! It’s well worth it! Click the photo to see it full size.)

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I was considering what I wanted to write about today, along with my weigh-in and the latest inspirational photo, and I figured this was as good a time as any to write about something that has been on my mind for a long, long time. That is, way before this current weight loss notion was present; I’ve been thinking about this for all the years I have been heavy! I always say to myself and others: You can still do anything you want, weight by damned.

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And of course, that’s not entirely true. I probably can’t take part in a triathlon and live to see the next sunrise. I can’t climb Mount Everest. I can’t fit into a size 8 dress. I can’t be a supermodel – at least not by today’s standards. But here’s what I can do: I can dance with my friends in the living room for 3 hours. Even if I’m out of breath and sweating up a storm, I’m happy and I’m still moving. I can hike around a hilly state park all day, climbing hundreds of stairs with a 30-pound backpack on my back, taking photos I will cherish forever. I can take silly jumping pictures with my friends on a warm autumn day. I can walk my dog anywhere we want to go. I can lug heavy groceries in both arms and make it up the stairs to a second-story apartment. I can squat, lie or sit down on the ground for the perfect angle for a photograph. I can do all of these things and more, even though I am 256 pounds. The weight doesn’t stop me. Yes, it makes a LOT of things harder, that’s for dang sure, but it doesn’t stop me.

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And it shouldn’t stop you.

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By all means – please, please don’t endanger your life doing things you legitimately can’t do. If you can’t walk the 6 miles around the park, don’t do it – work up to it! If you can’t fit into a size 10, wear the size you can fit into and work to get down to that size. My point is that so much of it is mental. So much of the struggle is mental, and so much of the progress is mental. It’s all in what you tell yourself and allow yourself to do – or not do. And a lot of it is laziness. I’m one of the laziest people I know, I swear. Sometimes I think, “Man, it would be easier to sit here on the couch instead of joining in on the hike around the lake.” But sometimes you just have to kick yourself in the pants and go, “Ya know what? I really want to do this, and I can, physically. My weight may make it more difficult, but heck if I’m going to let the world pass me by!” So that’s my little message today: don’t let the world pass you by today. Don’t let it pass you by any day. Whenever there’s opposition to my being able to do something due to my weight, I just say, “I can do anything.” Those four words can be profound in a lot of ways. Let it be profound for you, too.

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And so I ask you, readers:

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What’s that one (or two, or ten) thing that you are proud you can still do, even though your weight makes it more difficult?

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If you’re not overweight, what’s something you’re proud you can do even though it’s easier not to do it and/or give up? What’s something in your life you’re glad you’ve persevered through? Answer in the comments, or message/email me! 🙂

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Life is so darn short. I think about that all the time. It’s such a cliche, but it is perhaps the most true of all the cliches that exist. Yes, you may be heavy, or you may have some sort of other issue – mental, physical, emotional – that makes something harder to do. But you can do it. And this life is too short to think otherwise.

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More Motivation

Hello everyone!

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How is everyone doing? How was everyone’s weekend? I just finished a delicious dinner, so I don’t even want to think about food right now. LOL

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It’s going pretty well for me. I’m really trying to change my thinking to change my health. I’m trying to not give into temptation too often, eat only when hungry, and eat more slowly, so I can recognize fullness. It’s a long road, I know, but I’m trying!

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My second weigh-in is tomorrow – the first where there is possibility of change! I’m nervous for it. I was sick this past week, it’s that time of the month, and I didn’t exercise much. So we shall see! I’d be happy with a pound or two loss! But as a good friend said to me, I shouldn’t get discouraged. Those weeks will happen, and they can be overcome the next week! One day at a time!

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Also, that very same good friend told me today that she’s engaged to be engaged, so to speak, and we’ve been talking about wedding stuff. SO EXCITING! And thus, the title of my post tonight. I have even more motivation now! I don’t know when the wedding will be (they don’t) but now I have the added motivation of wanting to look great in a bridesmaid dress in the sorta-near future! How exciting!

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Congratulations, you guys, on, well, at least the decision! I can’t wait for the official announcement. You know who you are! 🙂 I am so excited for you! (And pick a good color for me, will ya? ;-))

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And, just for fun, I'm including a photo of one of the worst bridesmaids' dresses I could find. Thanks, Google!

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Baby Elephants

A good friend messaged me today and told me that I inspire her, and that she wants to start losing weight too. I felt humbled by that. I mean, I’ve not done anything yet! In fact, I feel like I had an awful, “hungry day” yesterday. But I guess inspiration comes from lots of different places, and it’s hard enough to even decide to change.

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She told me she heard about a baby elephant being born, and that he was around 230 pounds. CUTE! Elephants are my favorite animal! But that weight is not always cute on human women. She told me it dawned on her that she weighs as much as a baby elephant, and that it kind of alarmed her. And I just thought about how it’s amazing what inspires us, what scares us, what motivates us. We all have such different experiences and feelings. That baby elephant didn’t alarm me so much, but for her it was a kick in the pants. Which makes me wonder and ask:

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What was your baby elephant?

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Feel free to comment and share! And it doesn’t have to be about weight loss – share your ‘baby elephants’ about anything you’d like. What was that thing that dawned on you, that kicked you in the pants, that made you go, “Okay, the change starts here”?

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I have three that have been on my mind lately – one is about health, one is about incentive and one is about vanity. I am sick of looking so oddly-shaped and wide in photos. Now, I am never someone who denies a photo being taken, as most of you know. I live for recording my life. But I want so badly to look nice in photos! I want to look svelte and healthy and good in my clothes! And that’s been on my mind lately.

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Also, I am lucky enough to have someone paying me to lose weight. So that’s something to think about. It’s supposed to be incentive, and I am using it as such! I need to keep it on my mind. I get paid per pound lost! I get paid per pound lost! I keep it as a mantra when I want to eat something when I’m not hungry.

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My other “baby elephant,” and perhaps my most important, has been the death of a family friend. She was 55 years old, and a large lady, and a heart attack took her life about two months ago. The thought still brings tears to my eyes. She was a nice lady, and I grew up with her. I’d known her since I was a kid; I played in her yard and her house. I slept in her living room with her children. And she’s gone. And it just makes me think, I have got to change this while I can. I don’t want to die.

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So here I am, trying to change this weight and become the body I want to be. I’m glad I’m inspiring people, but I’m being inspired and encouraged, too – by all of my friends and family everyday! We can do this, everyone! We can do this!

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The new baby elephant in London! Click for the story.

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