3.12.2014

One Day at a Time

When I first started to lose weight, I had no big plans.
I had no big dreams of running a marathon one day.
I didn't want to do a bikini competition.
I just wanted to FEEL better. I wanted to be happy. I wanted to pull myself out of the funk that was my life for the past 7 years.
I wanted to be active and chase my son. I wanted to run and play with him without being out of breath.

That's how I started. Slowly. 
By taking it one day at a time. 
One small goal at a time.

If you would have told me that 4 years after starting my journey I'd decide to run a marathon or become interested in the bodybuilding industry enough to want to do a bikini competition, or that I'd become a personal trainer, I'd have laughed in your face.
No way I would have believed it.
Now way would I have thought it was POSSIBLE.

But that's the funny thing about this journey. Or ANY journey for that matter.
It's that ANYTHING is possible. No matter how out of reach it may seem.
You've got to put in the work, day in and day out. Keep at it when you want to quit.
Strive for progress instead of perfection. 
And EVENTUALLY you'll get there. 

It may seem so far away. 
The thought of losing 60 lbs. used to scare me shitless. But I had to push that big goal out of my mind and focus on the now.
Focus on the tiny triumphs every day. 
Those small steps would add up. 
In a big way.

They'd take me to the finish line of my first marathon.
When I couldn't even run a block before.

They'd get me in the gym and lifting heavy weights when I was terrified of change.

Those small steps add up. So don't get discouraged. And don't focus on the big goal.

My biggest piece of advice!?
TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME.

That's all you can do.



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37 comments:

renae.nichole said...

I love that picture of you crossing the finishline. I can relate to that feeling. You can't believe that you just did it after years of being overweight and never loving running. And it was hard! You can tell in your face that it was a huge accomplishment. Nothing else in my life has made me feel the way I did when I crossed my first over 5k finishline. Congrats girl. I got goosebumps just from seeing that picture and knowing what that feels like

Mandi Severing said...

I seriously love you! I am considering moving to TX so I can be your new BFF!!

I have been reading for about 2 years now and I am so proud of how far you have come!

You inspire me every day to be the best I can be and to take it one day at a time.

I think of you often when I eat like crap or skip the gym and remember that tomorrow is another day and in the end that 1 brownie won't kill me.

You should be incredibly proud of how far you have come!!

Paigey Grace said...

You are so inspiring. This post alone makes me KNOW that I can get up off of my butt and succeed. It makes me WANT to. Thank you for being so freaking awesome. Muah!

misshotmessexpress said...

I needed to hear this. Some days I really feel like it is not worth trying because it's not possible. Now I know that if I would have started the first time I wanted to I would already be where I want to be. Thanks for being awesome!

Heather

Nicole McGuire said...

I love reading about your story! You inspire me, thank you! :-)

virginia brooks said...

Thank you so much for continuing to be a HUGE motivator for all us!!

Your blog & journey has helped me stay on track when so many times I wanted to give up because I want my "goal" body now!! I know I should be happy with the progress but at least its very discouraging. Good to know that you have been there too.

Can't wait to see the bikini competition photos!!

Katie S said...

I freaking love you. That's all.

Wannabrunner said...

Dang Mama - that before and after really speaks! Keep up the good work!

h.bickel04 said...

I know you get this all the time and may or may not be sick of hearing it, but you a such an inspiration. You're a bad ass.

Jaclyn N Lil M said...

So proud of you and what you have accomplished!! You are an amazing woman with so much motivation!! Thank you for showing others that it is possible!! And that it's not just an overnight transformation :)

Allison said...

I needed to read this post today more than ever!

Janet Vaught said...

Today I'm going to go ahead and choose a couple of before pictures. I love that you have lots of B and As.
Your faithful stalker: Janet V :-)

Jasmine @ FleurtyandFit said...

You forgot to add the "Dear Jasmine" to the beginning of your post. I just felt like I was sitting in church and the preacher was talking right to me!! Thanks for this...it is a great reminder:)

Courtney said...

That picture of you crossing the finish line of your marathon is priceless!! Even for me!!... that is my biggest goal I have.. and hopefully in a year I will be there... so many emotions come up when I see that picture.. how proud you were to have accomplished something so amazing... I love it.. and honestly you help me push.. and know I can do it... Thanks for all of your motivating pictures and your determination.. it really pushes me to be better.. and know that I can!!

Nicki said...

This is perfectly said. I always want perfection and instant reward(hence why I like food). But progress is key ans maintainable. Keep kickin' ass!

Christi said...

You are my inspiration. I have been on my journey for only about 6 weeks. I am losing but not as fast as I wanted, it is starting to slow down. I believe my downfall is that I wake every morning excited to see what I have lost that day, if any, so I jump on the scale and get discourage when I see no change. I will then read your blog hours later and you always know how to lift my spirit. I am going to, from this day forward, only weigh myself every other Friday. I have about 50 more pounds left until I am at my goal weight. Because of you my journey won't be stopping there. This is a life change. I will keep to the clean eating, I may not run marathons or enter contests but I will make it my lifes goal to stay healthy and never reach those 200 lbs again. Thank you for being an inspiration.

Elise @ High Heels and Glittering Eyes said...

You hear it every day but you are such an inspiration! Focusing on the small goals in the hardest but you are a daily reminder that it's the best way to achieve the long term goals!

goneso said...

This is good reminder....One Day At A Time and repeat!!!

KT said...

This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today! I've already eaten enough carbs this morning to cover a week and I'm feeling a little failure-ish. What a great reminder...thank you!

Howes Family said...

Awesome post. Just what i needed after dropping a kid off this morning, passing every fast food establishment and coming home to eat oatmeal...
One day at a time I can do. (-:

Sarah Kopf said...

Love it! Thanks for being a beacon of strength and awesomeness! You SO rock!

Sarah
www.thinfluenced.com

Finding a skinnier me said...

Love this! Some days I feel so overwhelmed by how much I have to lose and on those days I have to remember how much I have gained already from my journey so far.

You look AMAZING!!

Emily Lowe said...

Thank you for this, I'm training for my first half marathon and even though I'm doing the little training runs to start and it seems difficult at times, I have to give myself credit for at least doing the training and working my way towards my goal.

Meg @ Life, Love and The Webers said...

I love this. Each day is a baby step and one day you will look up and realize that you did it. This is me {minus the marathon and the bodybuilding- Way to go!!} Each journey has a beginning, you just have to take that first baby step.

Meg @ Life, Love and The Webers said...

I love this. Each day is a baby step and one day you will look up and realize how far you have come. This is my story{minus the marathon and bodybuilding-way to go!!} Each journey has a beginning, you just have to take that first step.

miss sarah said...

Love this, and you!

Alex @ A Dose of Mint said...

love love love this!!! Looking at the big picture always scares the shit out of me. Living in the moment is where its at!

Alex @ A Dose of Mint said...

love love love this!!! Looking at the big picture always scares the shit out of me. Living in the moment is where its at!

Merino's said...

Couldn't agree more! I am currently training for my first bikini competition and have to tell myself everyday...take it one day at a time! Love your blog!
fitandwitty2.wordpress.com

Jessica said...

It's remembering those simple words.. One day at a time.. It all takes time.. You are such an inspiration & a blessing!

mysizehealthy.com said...

All of this. YES! Needed to read this today. :)

Crystal said...

Im on day 2 of taking it one day at a time after having my first baby. She is now almost 4 months and I am ready to feel better about me again. YOu are so inspirational. Love your blog and love your motivation. ;)

Loyal RUN said...

That's my motto! :)
Awesome advice!

Christy said...

Ahhhhh. Im so jealous. I keep thinking ' If only I could break my sugar addiction' But I have no clue how to do it!!!

Janelle Belles said...

I really have been enjoying reading your blog and inspiring posts. How did you break through fatigue and moments of not being motivated because of a lack of energy?

cindie nunez said...

could you please for the sake of us 'cry babies' stop posting that emotional picture of you crossing the finish line............. *sigh* girl I boo hoo every time I see it! :-) There is so much emotion in your face and I FEEL it every time I see it. what an inspiration you are....... thank you for blogging, even though you make me cry.......... :-)

Marissa M said...

I am on week five of my weight loss journey.....really needed this encouragement I was looking too far ahead and not at my improvements now.