New Year Blahs
As we creep into February and get past the January hype of setting New Year’s Resolutions and goals, some of us may already be startin
g to slip. Sometimes it seems too hard, too much, too exhausting. Three things I learned when
1) the only way I am going to get to the summit is one foot in front of the other
2) visualize where I am going
3) when you slow down, pause or look back, it takes twice as much energy to get going again
Many times it’s the first hour/week/month that is the hardest. If you can push through that, it is ama
Determinationzing what you can accomplish. I never thought I could work out longer than an hour at a time until I climbed for 15 hours straight and a total of 36 hours in 5 days. That was crazy – I still can’t believe I did it. But it sure proves that if I set my mind to it, anything is possible.
One of the most inspiring women I know is my very good friend Shelly. She is about 10 years younger and we have known each other for about 13 years. I was always her mentor just because I had already gone through the stages that she was just entering. Now she is an example that I only hope to be like. Shelly has always struggled with her weight. But somehow, she has managed to lose 145 pounds and is now running marathons and swimming (probably preparing for a triathlon). The other day she posted this:
“I JUST ROCKED an 800 meter swim!!! 32 laps, 28 minutes of nonstop swimming!! Oh this is so exciting!!! (The best part when I walked into the sauna to dry off and an older man said “are you ready for the English Channel now?” Is it possible that I’m starting to look like a swimmer???) happy, happy, happy!!
I was amazed since I don’t think I could swim two laps and asked her how she was doing it.
Here’s her response:
I seriously have no idea. But I guess I will say hard work…I have been in the pool 3 to 4 workouts a week since Jan. 2. I had to first face the fear and calm down, my husband has helped me with basic stroke and then I have read a lot on the internet. The hardest part was the first 100 meters….now it is a matter of pushing myself and controlling my breathing!!! I have bloodied my nose, skinned my knee, and had a panic attack but I make myself keep going back. Today, I got out and wasn’t even winded, but had to stop because my arms yelled uncle. I have
more in me….I just know it!
As a busy executive who traveled quite a bit, Shelly ate fast food daily. Not only has she struggled with her weight, but she’s lost 100 pounds at least 3 times in her life. Shelly is the mother of three and she finally decided when her health was deteriorating at age 32 that if she was going to live to raise her children and not raise children that also struggled with weight, that she had to do something. In the past, her husband did not participate in eating healthy and working out. This time, he did. He lost 75 pounds and this past year they completed 31 races – together. Fascinating.
Notice what she said in her respo
nse: “the first 100 meters were the hardest.” I remember the first hour of the first climb; I thought there was no way on earth I would be able to finish. However, I had a team that was depending on me and guides that helped take weight off my back pack so I could get to the first goal of the climb.
I realized that the ONLY way to reach the BIG goals is to have a team. Whether that is a family member, friend, co-worker or folks with similar goals – you need someone to help push you and keep you in line. If I was on that mountain by myself, I would have turned around after two hours and gone out for a couple of beers.
Shelly doesn’t have a website – she’s not famous. She is like all of us. She works, takes care of her family and she has pushed through some really tough boundaries and shown us all that anything is possible.
YOU CAN DO IT. DON’T GIVE UP! Tell me your story – I would love to hear how you are doing on your 2013 goals!