I wrote this post back in June 2011. Dedication…that word still does taunt me, mostly because of not being able to workout. The good news is that as soon as I start back the dedication will immediately follow. The more I think about getting back into working out the more excited I am about next week. I did not reach my goal by the date I set but I don’t consider it being a failure, just a little delayed that’s all. It did finally “click” as my trainer had told me it would and I lost 69 lbs by that November. There is nothing about losing 69 lbs that screams failure. Those 69 lbs came off with blood, sweat, and tears…literally…and worth every bit of it!
I am always calculating how long it will take me to reach a certain weight, or how many pounds I need to lose by a certain date. Having goals is a driving force for me. When Bryan and I got engaged I had gained some weight. I guess I had forgotten I was not a teenager anymore and eating whatever I wanted was not an option! So when it was time to start looking for a dress it was also time to set a goal. I needed to lose 29 lbs before we got married. I ended up losing 35 lbs with still a month to spare! I was smaller than I was in high school! It’s funny cause even though I was a size 4, I still thought I was fat. If only I had known how ridiculous that kind of thinking was back then.
Several months after we got married I made the decision to join a gym to stay in shape. 8 years ago I joined Planet Fitness. (Now Exygon) I would get up every morning at 4:30 and work out for 2 hours straight. First hour would be cardio, second hour would be weights. Mon/Wed/Fri would be legs days, Tues/Thurs/Sat would be arms, chest, and back. Every day would be abs! One day in particular stands out to me. Towards the end of my workout a trainer nearby looked at me and said these words “man, I have never seen such dedication.” Had this trainer known back then how insignificant those words may have seemed, they were really significant to me, and I have never forgotten them. Dedication. I did have it back then. I tried to get it back 2 years ago when I started back on this journey. The word taunted me. I felt I may never get that dedication to working out and eating healthy back. So many times I tried, so many times I started to succeed, and so many times I failed.
I refuse to fail this time. Failure is NOT an option. I am past the halfway goal of my weight loss and now I have a new goal. Last night I calculated once again how much weight I would need to lose each week to get to my goal. It works out that if I lose 2.7 lbs each week, I will be down to the weight I was when we got married…by our anniversary. The timing with that couldn’t be more perfect. It’s very important to me to reach this goal. And that is where dedication comes in. I’m already working out 5 days a week, but starting next week 4 of those days I will be hitting the gym twice a day for 10 weeks. Dedication. Will it be easy? Probably not, but it’s worth trying for. That same trainer told me just a few months ago, that I have succeeded and failed so much that one day it will click, and I will finally just succeed. That day will be Sept 15, 2011.
How do you stay dedicated? What motivates you the most?Original post: http://www.alittlebitsassy.com/dedication-powerful-word-from-the-past/