Random Fact: In honor his sad passing; here is a fun fact about Mr. Roger Moore aka James Bond. Roger Moore was so against guns that scenes with Bond firing his Walther pistol, Moore had to “clench” his eyes as he squeezed the trigger.
Remember that scene in UP where the dog loses his focus every time he sees a squirrel. It gets me to smile and laugh every time. It is amazing how true this is for so many people. We start out focused, and then the “squirrel” makes an appearance and our focus is quickly diminished and our attention is on the metaphorical furry animal. I am sure we can all think of a time or two (or TEN) when this has happened. We are humans, after all.
As many of my readers know, my blog originally started as a way to share my “Year of the Spartan”. I then realized that this blog is my tool to inspire and help others with fitness, health, and wellness. I can also share my love of peanut butter, you’re welcome. The creamy spread of deliciousness that is my drug. I seriously could eat a jar for dinner. (And… that was my squirrel moment.) Back on topic, I had a very awesome year in 2016, with my numerous travel destinations and success in the Spartan. I wanted to build upon that success in 2017, hence calling it the “Year of Awesomeness.” However, like it does often, life happens.
I slowly took my success for granted and started to settle with where I was. I started slacking on my intense training, strayed away from my diet, and found myself not as serious about my endeavors. Whether caused from distractions, burnout, or some other reason, I have newly recognized it and realize that this isn’t me.
So, what is my next step of action you ask? It is time to DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED! By nature I am a driven and ambitious person, but at times I lose that drive. However, what I am getting better at is recognizing this more quickly and getting back on track.
Step Number 1: Decide (what needs to be changed)
My first step is to recognize what has been put on the back burner.
- Eating right
- Time Management
Even though this is a quick list (and definitely not all of it), the common trend is that each of these subjects are things that will improve my life and are important to my well-being.
Step Number 2: Commit
- Training: I realize that my Spartan races make me happy. What brings more joy to me is being awesome at these races and the physical prowess it brings. Focusing on that motivates me to be better and compete. #beatburns.
- Eating right: It doesn’t taste as good as skinny feels. For someone who has struggled with being overweight and bullied for that reason, it is awesome to get compliments of my transformation (even though I still have work to do). Time to clean up in the food department
- Sleeping: I still have a tendency to spread myself thin. Sleep is what suffers the most when that happens. On average, I sleep around 4 hours a night. Rest/Sleep is an important part of recovery, health, and weight loss.
- Time management: I really need to sit down and figure out my priorities. Now if I could just find the time to do that (see what I did there).
- Blogging: Stick to a schedule and make time for it. I have some big goals and plans for the blog in the near future.
Step Number 3: Succeed
Time to put these plans and goals to the test and see how they turn out. Time to make S.M.A.R.T choices and stick to my goal setting ways.
- Training: I am now setting up training sessions ahead of time with my colleague personal trainer and we are focusing on getting me leaned out and better at obstacles.
- Eating right: In general I eat very well. I food prep and don’t let food go to waste. My problem lately has been going out for dinner and snacks. My new trick is to drink 25 ounces of water before each meal and set a timer for 5 minutes. My hope is it will satisfy my appetite since many times our brain mistakes hunger for thirst. Smaller appetite means lower quantities of snacks and bad food, which means a healthier me.
- Sleeping: My goal is to make time for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes that will mean sacrificing a few recreational activities.
- Time management: It is as simple as taking a small amount of time and scheduling out the priorities. If I focus and budget out my time properly I should see an increase of more me time during the work week.
- Blogging: I have to treat this like a client and schedule time to research, write, edit, and produce.
Don’t just take the time, but MAKE the time to “Decide” what is important to you. From that decision, “Commit” yourself to discovering what change needs to be made. Once you have that commitment in place, plan out the steps needed to help you “SUCCEED”. A few small successes can swing the momentum and create bigger and larger successful moments down the road. Stay focused and go “Be Awesome.”
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Top 5: My favorite success stories.
- J.K Rowling: Definitely in desperate times, J.K. Rowling was rejected over a dozen times suntil finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.
- Jim Carrey: One of my favorite comedians and success stories, Carrey who was going through more than a rough time moved to LA. One night he decided to write himself a check for $10,000,000 for “Acting Service Rendered,” which he dated for 1995. Shortly before that date, Carrey hit it big with one of my favorite movies in Dumb and Dumber.
- Chris Pratt: While waiting tables at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in Hawaii, Pratt was serving Rae Dawn Chong, where they had a conversation which landed him in his first acting role.
- Michael Jordan: In 1978, his “Airness” got cut from his high school basketball team. After locking himself in his room and crying, Jordan used this as fuel to become a better player. The rest is 6 NBA Championships, 5 MVP’s, and a movie called “Space Jam.”
- Kim S: Chances are you don’t know her, but this woman was one of my original boot campers back in Vermont. She came into our program as a shy, quiet, and not so confident version of herself. Although I don’t know her exact numbers, Kim has dropped numerous pound and inches, grown into a fierce and confident woman, and is now a competitive power lifter. What more can I say is that I am proud of her and her continued determination. AWESOME!