Find your Super Woman – Nothing is Impossible!

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Nothing like a morning Moksha yoga class to reset your mind and allow you to think a little clearer, process thoughts and get grounded.

Lately with more and more people learning about my weight loss I often get asked how much it has changed life or how or what made me do it.

Yesterday I was at a Royal Roads function and someone even asked me if I was going to write a book. I laughed and she said “no really, it’s not just your success with your weight loss but your attitude and perseverance while doing it.” That comment really made me stop and think about me, what I have done and how can I get the message out to people who are in the same situation that I was in 20 months ago or just not happy with where they are at in their lives. I am not the type to right a book but I do enjoy blogging. I blog to share my thoughts so others can possibly create change for themselves and for me, so I always have this site to reflect back at what I have done and how far I have come if I ever waiver. Which seems very unlikely but you never know what life will throw at you so I am looking out for me and taking notes.

 

Changing your Mindset!
Going back to when I first decided to join Weight Watchers, this was a year long conversation with myself, I knew this had to be a forever lifestyle change.  I knew that another “quick fix” outlook and attempt would probably kill me, for real!  Every quick fix may have got me 40 lbs lighter but that always resulted in a 60 lbs gain so whatever I did had to be forever.  Once I made the decision, I took advice from no one.  I knew I had to focus on my eating first.  People close to me wanted me to get moving too but I knew that I had to do this at my pace and on my terms.  I had to take control of myself, something I hadn’t done for many years.  Enough with feeling sorry for myself and more about taking life by the balls (I know I don’t have any 🙂 ) and take control!  I started moving when I felt I was ready to incorporate one more element into this new life of mine.  I moved at my pace when I wanted to move.  Again, all about taking control of ME.  I never looked at this like I need to lose 204lbs, I need to run a half marathon, I need to do a Tough Mudder.  I looked at it like, I am going to lose 204lbs(or 191lbs so far), I am going to go for a walk with my dog, maybe I might do two walks this week.  What I found is that, the more control I took over myself the powerful I became.  It was so incredible! If you could picture a 350lbs Super Woman, that was me.  Standing tall, hands on my hips ready to kill it!  This is the attitude I took going forward and will continue to live for the rest of my life! Now I am a 187lbs Super Woman – standing tall, hands on my hips ready to kill my first half marathon.

So what I am saying is only you can do this for you, you can do anything if you set your mind too it, you just need to want it bad enough – nothing is impossible!

Good Habits Formed
Even with my mindshift, I honestly never thought I would be where I am physically.  It all started with weekly family hikes.  My family was amazing, I am stubborn so for every hike I had to find the summit of the mountain.  My family was so patient.  They took turns watching out for me, so whoever was on mom duty probably hiked that mountain 3x that day, going up and down the mountain side checking on me.  I am forever grateful to them all but most of all for my husband for being so patient.  I would get grumpy at times, like half way up a mountain.  Everything hurt, my heart was pounding out of my chest and he would ask me how I was doing.  Ha! I have to admit I didn’t always answer him nicely. (How the F@#$ do you think I am doing? I feel like I am going to have a jammer, ha!) but seriously, what a guy!  He took it in stride, I would apologize when we were done and and he would tell me he was proud of me.  That same spring, I witnessed my brother run a half marathon.  By this time I had lost around 40lbs.  He was so proud of me, he wasn’t having a good run but because he knew I was at the finish line and what I had already accomplished he finished his race even though for him, it wasn’t as good as he wanted it to be.  I am so grateful he did, this is the moment I knew I had to be apart of the running community.  I wanted to feel the way the people finishing their races looked.  They looked so tired but once they crossed the line, their face relaxed, they went from exhausted to a sense of accomplishment.  I could feel it.  I wanted that!  I tried to be a runner for months, it hurt and my body hated me! But then I found the Frontrunners Westshore run clinic for the TC10K, running for me every since has been nothing but enjoyable.  I am getting stronger each week and super stoked to be running my first half marathon at the Victoria Goodlife on October 11th.  The rest is history for me! I am a runner, yogi and one Tough Mudder!

So what I am saying is only you can do this for you, you can do anything if you set your mind too it, you just need to want it bad enough – nothing is impossible!

What’s Changed?
Honestly, what hasn’t?  I am a completely different person.  I am a version of the person I was in high school but a lot wiser, a lot more open minded and an all around better person.  I ooze with confidence, I love myself, I love the people around me.  I surround myself with positive, loyal and genuine people.  Life is too short for the bullshit and I am done stepping it.  I take each day and do my best to make it as full as I can.  If I don’t have plan but feel like I have the energy to make a plan, then I do.  I don’t worry about anything else, as long as my family isn’t impacted by my absence, I go for it and sometimes I go for it anyways! (they will survive) When 2015 was starting I decided this year was going to be a great year.  2014 had already been a pretty fantastic year but I really decided that I was going to put myself out there and think positive. I had heard if you do this, good things will happen.  This year has been amazing for me, not just my lifestyle and health but good things have happened to me.  I have had the best luck, winning shoes and even a trip compliments of Brooks Running which included more shoes, clothes, a trip to Toronto and so much more.  I had never won anything like this before, I think it’s because of my positive thinking. But there is more, so much much more has changed. I can now shop in any store I want, I can wear anything I like, I can try any activity I want to. I used to hate shopping, I know LOVE shopping! I have no bearers, I am confident, I am brave and I am one Tough Mudder!

So what I am saying is only you can do this for you, you can do anything if you set your mind too it, you just need to want it bad enough – nothing is impossible!

Take mirror, ask yourself if you are worth it? Let me answer that for you.  YOU are worth it!  Now go get it!

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Take if from me, it is so worth every moment along the journey!

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