Friday, December 28, 2012

No. More. Excuses.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  - Philippians 4:13

"Just keep swimming!" - Dory, Finding Nemo

"Find your greatness." - the Nike 2012 Summer Olympics Campaign

I grew up in a house that believed in tough love. I can't tell you how many times I heard "Suck it up!"  When I saw "A League of Their Own" and Tom Hanks yelled "There's no crying in baseball!" it was as if my dad and mom had called the writers of the film to sneak that line in just for me. I used to be annoyed by it and at times I hate it. But now I love it. It's what has driven me all year. It's why if I went on the Biggest Loser, I'd want Jillian Michaels as my coach.

My point is this: The road to being healthy takes some determination and some tough love on yourself.

You've got to be prepared, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Because guess where the attack comes from?? All four of those areas. You're going to have to work harder than you ever have in your life.

About two weeks, in the thoughts of giving up will start to creep in. "Are you sure you want to do this?"

At four weeks, someone will get tired of your new approach to life and try to appeal to the emotional eater in you and they'll even ask you to go eat at your favorite restaurant.

At six weeks you'll get tired of exercising and sweating. You'll start debating whether you have time for it.

And when those temptations don't work, Satan will start to mess with your mind and tell you, "You've only lost 15 pounds. Big whoop."

How do I know all of this? Because I've been there. Heck I still am!

I am down 62.2 pounds. But in my first week, I was only down five.

Guess which count? ALL OF THEM.

I had to start somewhere. We all do.

Start getting ready to be in the zone come New Year's! You can do it!

Find what motivates you in the next few days. You probably won't have to think about it long because you've been thinking about it for months anyway.

But find a picture and put it in your bathroom or somewhere you are every day.

Also, find some grit because you're gonna need it! I know I do!

If you're serious and want to join in on getting healthy, come link up with me for Healthy Train Tuesdays. It's a fun way to keep track of your progress and is also a source of accountability!

If you have any questions, I'm happy to help. Remember not everything works the same as the next person,  but you can come here and at least get ideas from other girls who are on the same path as you for things you might try!

Happy Friday!


LWLH said...

I'm going to put on my big girl pants and really try to lose weight this year, but my number one goal is to quit smoking.

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

There were so many times (and a few times I did) want to write a post basically saying SUCK IT UP AND JUST DO IT kinda like this. Because I cannot tell you how many emails I got, full of excuse after excuse after excuse about weight loss stuff, and still, a year, two years later, they never DID anything to lose the weight. It was so frustrating! They'd ask me "how did you do it" and I was just dumbfounded....I stuck to it. That's what. And you're right, it IS hard, and it does suck, and there are humps to get over that feel forever and so annoying and little voices that tell you to stop--but it is a matter of your head and heart over those little voices.

Proud of you! Can't wait to see you hit your final goals this year!!!

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