Feb 082015
 
My motto for the day:  "You don't stop until you win!"

My motto for the day: “You don’t stop until you win!”

 

 

I lost 3 pounds this week, but I actually had gotten down to 310 on Saturday Morning.  I did all the right things, ate under 1,000 calories, went to the gym, and worked out on the elliptical for 40 minutes, and this morning, I had gained 2 lbs!  I was tempted to get discouraged, but hey…..the body is an amazing thing.  It readjusts itself, borrows a little from here, and puts it there, constantly changing inside, and it is natural to go up and down when you’re on an intense program like I am on right now.  So……I’m not giving up…..not by a long shot!  I’m still going to make my juice in the morning, drink lots of water, keep my calories down, go to the gym, and sooner or later, I’ll be where I want to be.  That’s a fact.  As long as I don’t give up, I will win!  Like Les Brown says:  “You don’t stop until you win!”  That’s a great motto!  Even this morning, I got up and weighed, and when I saw I had gained 2 lbs., I went straight to the gym before anyone else woke up. (It’s a 24 hour gym) I was not feeling so hot about gaining 2 lbs, and wanted to compensate.  All during the workout, I felt like quitting…..my mind was telling me….”what’s the use?”……”you’ll NEVER lose this weight”…….”why torture yourself like this?”…….and other quaint little phrases that my mind tries to slip into my consciousness.  When I got to around 27 minutes, I wanted to say…..”ok, that’s enough….I did something, and that’s ok”…….but I had punched in 40 minutes on the machine, and I was determined to go the full 40, tired or not.  And guess what?  At that golden moment, the resistance on the machine got really easy, and I realized I had reached my goal!  That’s such a good feeling……to know you did what you came to do……to know you didn’t give up…..you didn’t stop until you had won!   (And I DID lose 3 pounds this week!……That’s SOMETHING!)

 

Jan 302015
 

Since the beginning of time and throughout 6 1/2 years of recorded History, It was unheard of for a human being to run the mile in less than 4 minutes.  Experts said that the human body simply was not capable of such a feat.  It wasn’t just difficult…..it was impossible!  In 1945, Gunder Haag, from Sweden ran the mile in 4:01 minutes.  By that time, everyone fully believed that it was virtually impossible for a human being to run a sub 4 minute mile.  Everyone, that is, except for Roger Bannister!   On May 6, 1954, at Oxford University’s Iffley Road Track, the impossible became possible!   At a track meet between Oxford and British AAA, Roger Bannister ran the mile in 3:59.4 seconds!  Since then, many people have broken the 4 minute mile barrier!  Once it was done, then the human race believed it COULD be done, and they started doing it!

On my own personal journey of fighting to lose weight and become fit after countless yo-yo diets, and multiple successes and failures, losing weight, then finding it again, I am inspired by this story of Roger Bannister breaking the mindset of the whole world.  Granted, for me to lose 130 or so pounds, and get my 65 + year old body in shape is in no way comparable to what others have done.  However, for me, personally, it has been a hurdle that has seemed virtually impossible for the past 20 years.  Impossible because of my age……Impossible because of the sheer volume of weight that needs to be lost, and muscles that need to be revived through nutrition and exercise!   Impossible because my mind is not programmed to resist salient foods, and “comfort foods” that I have always gone to when discouraged, depressed, or overwhelmed with life when facing a new crisis or obstacle.  Impossible because I don’t “feel” like going to the gym and working out when I’m tired from the activities and strain of the day.  Impossible because I just don’t BELIEVE I can do it!  Benjamin Disraeli, the former British Prime Minister, is reported to have said:  “there is no power on earth like a made up mind!”  He also said:  “Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure!”  The word I need to focus on is “believe!”  Yes, it’s difficult.  Yes, it’s seemed destined to failure.  But that didn’t stop Roger Bannister from putting one foot in front of the other until he reached the “Holy Grail” of running!  So many examples of people who overcame huge obstacles to obtain their goals and accomplishments.  So, YES, I can do this, and if you are in the same boat, or fighting a similar battle, if you’re struggling with something that overwhelms you, and you’re thinking that it is impossible, then watch the above video, and see History in the making.  If Roger Bannister can run a mile in less than 4 minutes, we can lose a little weight.  We can find a better job.  We can learn to save money, and get out of debt.  We can eat healthy, nutritious food, and set an example for our families.  Whatever you’re struggling with, you can win.  We were created to be successful, and win.  We have the capabilities, and with our determination, we can learn the skills that will take us to where we want to be.  It’s POSSIBLE!

Roger Bannister Breaks the record of 4:01 that stood for 9 years, and runs the mile in 3:59.4

Roger Bannister Breaks the record of 4:01 that stood for 9 years, and runs the mile in 3:59.4