I've decided that you should NEVER settle for anything less than who we want to be! I've known so many people, including myself, who have embarked on a journey to lose weight and/or start an exercise routine and have heard them say, "If I could lose 20 pounds or if I could lose 40 pounds and maybe start to exercise on a regular basis, I'll be happy." (I like to use the word content because most of these people have much more work to do than just what was mentioned.) Don't settle for being content. Push yourself! Yes, it's hard! No, it's not always fun! But it isn't impossible. Why not go a little further as to say, "I want to be someone I never thought was possible" and then set out and do it! Why stop at 20 pounds, 40 pounds or when you get settled into a routine at the gym, especially if your real dreams lie so much further down the road. Why not dream big? Why not imagine yourself looking like you've never looked before? Why not tell yourself you can do something BIG exercise-wise that you thought was not even possible? Why not tell yourself you can do and be anything you dream of being? Personally, I think it's a great idea! The more we talk to ourselves and share with others about our goals and dreams, the more likely they are to be achieved. Here are a few of the things I thought were totally impossible in my own life and before I knew it, they had become a part of me and who I am today.
1. Losing the full 133 pounds. (I thought for sure in the beginning that was never going to happen!)
2. Reaching 19% body fat. (I know, seems almost like it couldn't be true but it really is!)
3. Wearing a size 6! (When I set out on this journey I was going to be thrilled if I made it into a size 10. A 6?! Seriously?! Wahoo! )
4. Training and running a half-marathon! (I had never run a day in my life prior to setting out on this goal!)
What are your dreams? It's okay to dream outside the box. Before you know it, you're the person living the dream and you'll be saying...."Dreams really do come true!"
San Diego - Summer 2009 First Half Marathon - June 2011