My journey of self discovery and weight loss happened slowly over time at first, and then dramatically toward the end. I believe what happened was that I started to see myself differently and I was outwardly focused on WHAT I was doing and WHO I was meeting and less and less about the small details of life, releasing myself from the “baggage” I had carried for years.
The best way to describe it is to give you examples;
Rather than focusing on what time I had to go to bed, I focused on what I needed to finish before I went to bed (not wash the dishes or finish laundry, but finish an email to a friend and find an event for the coming weekend). This seems like a small thing, but it made me stop focusing on the event of “going to bed” and helped me focus on the things I wanted to do, that would in the long run move my life forward. I still finished the things I needed to by delegating specific time Saturday morning to finish chores.
Rather than focusing on how much I weighed, I focused on making my workouts FUN and VARIED. I also made a point to make friends at the gym where I was working out. This not only made it fun for me, but other people were expecting me. I bought an iPhone and downloaded new music on my way to work every day and made up my own routines on the stair climber, treadmill, cycle, elliptical machines. I was actually “dancing” to the music whenever I worked out. It was, and still is, a great source of enjoyment for me. I’m working out at the Navy gym now and have new friends and acquaintances there.
I also started to spend less time on my job. Before my re-discovery I was spending 60+ hours per week working. I started to ask myself why others around me seemed to be excelling, recognized, and valued employees when they were clearly working the standard 40 hours. What I discovered was that I was taking on more work than I could accomplish successfully. This wasn’t good for me and set the wrong expectation for them. So, I started cutting back and saying; “No, I can’t do that and this other thing too.” Soon my work load started to align with what I could accomplish and everyone was happier for it. In fact, I received an award for achievement. Who would have guessed?!?
I continue to evolve, enjoy, push and re-prioritize my life, just like you. I practice the daily inspirational message I post right along with you and in doing so I discover and improve daily. I hope my story and message will inspire you to move forward in your life to accomplish your goals, improve your life, love and find happiness in every day.
These are two head shots and one body shot.
I actually thought I was thin in the picture with the hat, which was taken just before the weight started to really drop.
AFAA Personal Trainers License - October 2010
BS General Business - Central Washington University - 1992
AA Accounting - Edmonds Community College - 1982
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