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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gathering My Thoughts---Making the shift....

I can't believe we are already into the middle of September...that it's been 6 months since my dad passed away and 6 months since I had my Achilles Tendon surgery. I still have 6 more months of recovery (probably from both) and both events still cause me pain from time to time.  

What I can believe is that my foot doctor has released me to once again take fitness classes and get back into the gym lifting weights and working the machines.  For that I am so grateful.

I can't believe how much weight I have put back on due to overeating....because of sadness, stress and virtually no activity due to being laid up with this dang torn Achilles Tendon. I haven't quite gained back all the weight I lost....but I was certainly headed that way.

So once again I have to make the resolve that I am going to get my determination and commitment back and start back working on getting fit and healthy and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.  I've even been thinking (again) about the possibility of getting a fitness trainer certification...or even a personal trainer certification and teaching a few classes at the gym where I go.  In the back of my mind, it is what I want to do....not sure what is holding me back or making me hesitate.

For those of you that follow me, I hope you've missed my writing.....because I have....I know that may sound strange, but I miss writing and trying to motivate you because in doing so I motivate myself.  Everything I'm saying to you, I'm saying to myself.  Remember, we're in this boat together.  I am where you are. I'm struggling as much as you are.

This morning I started reading a new book that I per-ordered and just received on my Kindle 2 days ago.  The Shift by Tory Johnson of Good Morning America

It is her story about "How she lost weight and discovered a happier life"

I just started reading it, am on page 33, and I'm already hooked....I know I will spend the rest of the morning/afternoon (until it's time to go to my Slim Down fitness class followed by my Aqua Boot Camp class).  I'm always opened to different ideas about losing weight and love hearing/reading real life stories from people who aren't out to sell you some kind of gimmick.....but rather just want to tell their story and what worked for them....because it might just work for me....and for you.  In her book she says:

"The Shift happens when you say, “This time I’m not going to fall for the gimmick or the quick scheme. This time I’ll stand up for my body and my health, and I will keep standing for myself, meal after meal, until I figure out my eating issues and get to my happy weight, whatever that may be.”"

I love that thought because really isn't that what it's all about....each of us figuring out what our eating issues are and getting to our own happy weight.  We're not all from the same cookie cutter and what works for you may not work for me and vice-verse.  What I set for a goal may not be what you set for a goal, or my happy healthy weight may be different than yours.  But I'm always opened to fresh ideas that might help me along the way.

As I was reading the first 33 pages of this book, I got to thinking that I hadn't written in this blog in a while and I needed to do that before I got lost in my reading.  When I am done, or as I'm reading along, I'll return with some more thoughts.  

I hope you make good food choices today.  I hope you get up and move today. I hope you make the decision today to make this time work.  In your morning bowl of fruit and fat free Greek yogurt, add a spoonful of determination and commitment.  We can do this....Yes we can! As I've seen on posters and as Tory reiterates the proverb in her book, "Fall down seven times....get back up eight". 

I am not going to let the events of the past year defeat me. What happened is a part of life (albeit a sad and challenging part).  I am going to take from the events this past year, the lessons they have to teach, hold close in my heart those precious memories I want to keep, continue to recover from my surgery and move forward, get back on track and resolve to make this plan work.

See you back here shortly....

Yours in health and fitness,


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