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I’m Glad That I Use To Be Fat And Out Of Shape: Although I Was Not Happy Or Jolly

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I just thought of something.  It’s kind of funny to me, because this has never crossed my mind before.   And I only thought that it was strange that I hadn’t thought of it before.  So here it is:  What if I started training the way that I am now, when I got out of college?   That would have meant that I never stopped working out, but that I took what I now know about training and nutrition and implemented it.  What if I started living a healthy lifestyle back then?  If I had continued to be active and made some changes to my training so that I would meet my current goals earlier, than who knows what kind of shape I would have been in for the last 26 years.  Who knows what I would be doing.  I’m sure it would have had quite an impact on my life.  But no matter what, I would not want to go back and change it.  I’m actually glad that I didn’t live a healthy lifestyle my entire life.  Being fat and out of shape was something that I needed.  Maybe it sounds strange to you that I would say that.  You might wonder why, I’m glad that at one time I was so out of shape that a doctor told me that I was going to pop.  I’ll tell you why.  It’s because I overcame certain challenges to get to the point in my life that I am at right now.  It wasn’t easy.  In doing this I was able to strengthen my mind.  I was able to learn how to control myself.  I am also able to put myself in other people’s shoes and understand what they are feeling and I know what they will have to go through to reach their goals.   At one time I was in someone else’s shoes.  Sometimes it seems like it was a dream.  I remember the person that I was but it doesn’t seem real to me.  I have learned so much more in these last 3 years then I have during the rest of my life.  The reason for it is only because of what I put myself through to get here.  A lot of the things that I have learned are about myself and it helps me relate to other people.  From my point of view, most of the things that I learned, could only be learned coming from a miserable place.  What I mean by that is that I had mentally put myself in a place that was full of misery (lack of goals, drive, determination and confidence.  And an abundance of depression and negative thoughts.)  I was able to dig myself out and end up on the polar opposite side.
If I hadn’t faced any of these challenges, than I probably wouldn’t appreciate what it took to get there.  More than likely I would be a cocky prick, who may understand what hard work is, but doesn’t realize what people go through when facing tougher challenges or for that matter any challenges.  I would probably take the things that I had for granted and feel entitled.  I still don’t have everything figured out and I am constantly learning.  I am also increasing my goals.  If I ever become satisfied I might just fall back into my old ways.  I need something to drive me.  One of those things is passing on what I have learned to others.  It’s only fair, because I constantly get knowledge, motivation and inspiration from others.

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Keep Your Goals in Site

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Why is it that when I ran yesterday, I stopped about 5 times?  When I did the same thing today, I blew through it and didn’t stop one time.  Over the last two days I went to Busch Wildlife in Defiance, MO and ran the same trail each time.  I usually look for trails that are off of the main trails and have little or no traffic.  The trail that I ran was mostly steep hills with a lot of high grass and brush.

After wrapping up my run yesterday I was pretty disappointed in myself.  I’ve got a 13 mile Spartan Race (Beast) coming up in about a month in Vermont.  It’s going to have plenty of hills and I need to be training on hills for it.  I was just in Vermont running Hills, a couple of weeks ago.  I felt great running them.  Yesterday, I sucked ass.  I wasn’t tired I just didn’t want it bad enough.

I had planned on running the hills out there both days and was pissed at myself most of the day yesterday for not pushing myself.  I went to bed late last night and woke up late this morning.  I was contemplating blowing off my run later in the week.  For whatever reason, I decided to head back out to Busch Wildlife.  I realized that I wasn’t really focusing on my goals or my upcoming races.  I was going through the motions and that was it.  I didn’t really feel like I had anything to run for, not even myself.

I didn’t get to where I am by taking the easy way out.  I didn’t always have someone to push me.  I don’t care where you are in life, if you give yourself the chance to slip you better realize it and pick yourself up and go after what you want.  I did just that, as soon as I started my run.  First I got pissed at myself for letting myself down yesterday.  Second, I thought about what I would be going through on the 21st in The Spartan Beast.

Not only did I finish the same run without stopping but I ran and extra hill at the end.  Don’t let your mind slow you down or hold you back.  Make it push you forward and keep you going.  Focus on your goals.  

Getting Prepared For Your Transformation

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I wasn’t going on a diet, I was going to start living a healthy lifestyle.  I needed to prepare for this so that I had set goals.  I had motivation to reach them and that I had a plan to get me there.  Be prepared.
Before you EVOLVE, you must Learn to S.W.I.M.™

Set your Goals and write them down.  Post them somewhere that you can see them everyday.

Write down your weight

Write down your measurements (waist, neck, arms, legs, chest)

Write down your body fat

Take BEFORE Pics

Plan your healthy lifestyle (nutrition and training)

I also wrote down everything that I planned to eat.  I would write down next to it what I actually did eat.  (It is ok to switch something healthy for something else healthy).  I did this for the first 7 weeks.  At that point I realized that I wasn’t going to cheat and that my nutrition plan was working for me.

Make sure that you can enjoy your food.  Be Accountable.

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