Saying “Good-bye” to 40 Pounds by August 4

line in sandThere are moments in your life when it’s time to draw a line in the sand. When it’s time to say “enough” in order to achieve what you’ve always dreamed of.

Now is that moment for me.

Stress, bad habits (i.e. “I’m a runner therefore eating pasta/bread/carbs all the time is fine…”) and having two children have slowly added 40 pounds to my frame. 40 pounds. That’s about the weight of my 4-year-old. I’m trying to run 5Ks, 10Ks and marathons with a 4-year-old on my back. How much sense does THAT make???

I’m done.

I’m drawing my line in the sand as this date: August 4, 2013. I will no longer haul this backpack of 40 pounds around with me on a regular basis. I will no longer run with this 40-pound backpack strapped to me and wear down my knees. I will no longer put food into my body simply because it “tastes good.” I will no longer sleep an hour more every morning and skip running simply because “I’m tired” (exercise is actully one of the best ways to energize you anyway).

So what will I do?

1) Eat Right. I will find a nutritionist/personal trainer and follow a plan that will teach me how to eat properly and reduce calories while still breastfeeding my daughter.

2) Exercise Regularly. I will follow an exercise regimen that will incorporate weights and running; at least 4-6 days a week.

3) Lose the Excuses. A quote by Jim Rohn that recently resonated with me was this: “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” I have this posted on my refrigerator, on my bathroom mirror and in my office cubicle. Think about it and repeat it a few times.

4) Get Inspired. There’s a popular saying that goes “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.” Your circle of influence can either inspire and fuel your growth positively. I’ll be watching my “influences” closely for sure and reading at least one personal development book every few months to keep me excited and inspired to keep going (and growing!)

So, 40 pounds—can’t say it’s been “nice,” but your time is up. Let’s do this!

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