Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose

October 16, 2012

-Lyndon Johnson

I have a collection of fortune cookie sayings taped to my monitor at work.  The ones that make it up there are ones that resonanate with me on a personal level and I’ve been using as a motivation for losing weight and becoming healthier.  I only have six so I decided that I needed to find some daily quotes to bring into the rotation.  I’ve been using these quotes to think about how it applies to me and what it means for my life and my journey. I’ve been blogging my thoughts about it elsewhere, in a somewhat more private forum and thought that it was time to bring it over here. Right now I’m working off of two different apps on my phone, but I’m still slightly hesitant about them. So if anyone has any recommendations for a site or app youabsolutely love, or even just want to share a quote that means a lot or has really motivated you, then I encourage you to share the information.

Onto today’s quote.  This one almost seems easy in how it applies.  I can’t think of how many times I’ve “messed” up in a day and eaten way over my points. Or just flat out decided to forget it all and eat whatever I wanted.  And how many times I’ve said “Tomorrow I’ll start over, tomorrow I’ll track what I eat and make good choices.”  How many times I’ve thought “Why did I do that?”  As it says, I can’t change what I did yesterday.  I can’t go back in time (Marty McFly and Doc hurry up with that time machine already!) and change what I did, I can’t undo those choices. I can’t go back to yesterday and add in more exercise, or more fruits and vegetables.

Instead I can focus on today and tomorrow.  Each day is a new start.  Each day is a reset and it allows me to do or don’t do what I should have done yesterday.  My yesterday actually wasn’t too bad. We had Chinese for dinner and I did not order Crab (Krab?) Rangoons, I did not order a large Honey Chicken. Instead I got the small size and only ate half. I did, however, eat a bunch of potato chips knowing I didn’t actually have the points for them. And I didn’t get in extra exercise.  So today will be a win. Today I will track everything, I will get in my good health guidelines and I will walk the dogs after my Weight Watchers meeting.  That will be my win for today.

Hey Fat Girl!

June 1, 2012

One of my friends on Weight Watchers posted this from another blog. I thought it was so fantastic and needs to be shared.

Yes, you. The one feigning to not see me when we cross paths on the running track. The one not even wearing sports gear, breathing heavy. You’re slow, you breathe hard and your efforts at moving forward make you cringe.
You cling shyly to the furthest corridor, sometimes making larger loops on the gravel ring by the track just so you’re not on it. You sweat so much that your hair is all wet. You rarely stay for more than 20 minutes at a time, and you look exhausted when you leave to go back home.  You never talk to anyone. I’ve got something I’d like to say to you.
You are awesome.
If you’d look me in the eye only for an instant, you would notice the reverence and respect I have for you. The adventure you have started is tremendous; it leads to a better health, to renewed confidence and to a brand new kind of freedom. The gifts you will receive from running will far exceed the gigantic effort it takes you to show up here, to face your fears and to bravely set yourself in motion, in front of others.

You have already begun your transformation. You no longer accept this physical state of numbness and passivity. You have taken a difficult decision, but one that holds so much promise. Every hard breath you take is actually a tad easier than the one before, and every step is ever so slightly lighter. Each push forward leaves the former person you were in your wake, creating room for an improved version, one that is stronger, healthier and forward-looking, one who knows that anything is possible.

You’re a hero to me. And, if you’d take off the blaring headphones and put your head up for more than a second or two, you would notice that the other runners you cross, the ones that probably make you feel so inadequate, stare in awe at your determination. They, of all people, know best where you are coming from. They heard the resolutions of so many others, who vowed to pick up running and improve their health, “starting next week”. Yet, it is YOU who runs alongside, who digs from deep inside to find the strength to come here, and to come back again.
You are a runner, and no one can take that away from you. You are relentlessly moving forward. You are stronger than even you think, and you are about to be amazed by what you can do. One day, very soon, maybe tomorrow, you’ll step outside and marvel at your capabilities. You will not believe your own body, you will realize that you can do this. And a new horizon will open up for you. You are a true inspiration.
I bow to you.

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