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How Badly Do You Want to Fly?

Written on March 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm , by

I saw this quote on a blog I read quite often and it really spoke to me:

How does one become a butterfly?

Love, love, love this!  How many of us are stuck doing the same old thing because it is “comfortable?”  Do you think the caterpillar is miserable being a caterpillar?  No…that’s all he knows.  He doesn’t even know what is coming.

I was comfortable being fat.  I didn’t even know what I was missing.

It was comfortable to come home every day, lay down on the couch and nap for two-three hours.

It was comfortable for me to eat anything I wanted whenever I wanted.

It was comfortable for me to never exercise.

However, comfort isn’t always the best way.

I was missing out on life.  Life was literally passing me by one day at a time.

Here is a perfect example.  My honeymoon, in St. Lucia.  My new husband wanted to go hike a mountain.  Hike a mountain?  I weighed close to 300 pounds.

Pitons in Saint Lucia

Jen and Jason in St. Lucia

I wasn’t going to hike any mountain!  So, he went by himself.  I made my husband hike a mountain, by himself, on our honeymoon, because I was not physically able to do it.

Talk about missing out on life.

Now, I am a butterfly.  It is not comfortable to have to plan meals constantly.  But it keeps me on track.

It is not comfortable to have to train for half marathons.  But the feeling of accomplishment crossing the finish line is worth every second of training.

It is not comfortable to plan out all my meals, eat healthy and grocery shop and NOT eat what everyone else is eating.  But I feel so much better after making good choices!

But…you know what?  It feels damn good.  I am finally living life and loving it.

I am finally becoming a butterfly!

Are you living your best life or are you being a caterpillar who is capable of so much more?

It Sux To Be Fat Jen and Jason

Jen and her husband, Jason

  • Peggy

    Have you read the beautiful book that this quotes is taken from?
    ‘Hope for the flowers’ by Trina Paulis
    An amazing read, for all you and old, big or small! One of my favorites!

  • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

    I haven’t but I just looked it up on Amazon and it looks like one I would really LOVE!  Thanks for the recommendation!

  • http://visionwithoutglassessite.com/ Gary

    Ah Jen, you look radiant in that last photo with Jason. Such a happy butterfly :) Your article is so true – to become a butterfly often (and usually does) require effort and being uncomfortable. As you sum up so well “it feels damn good”. Congratulations on your transition

  • http://www.davegfitness.com/ David Gardner

    Awesome story, and you look amazing!

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  • Dena Maddie

    Thank you for sharing your story :)  

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  • http://www.cheshirefitness.co.uk jason_personal_trainer

    You look great . It can take just one thing to change your life forever!

  • http://bradseatstopeat.com/ Lisa

    Thanks for the quote! I will adopt it and live by it.
    I know exaclty what you talk about in the post. Last night we had some friends over and instead of stepping out on my comfort zone I eat what the rest eat and today I feel like crap.
    Keep up the good work on the blog.

  • http://www.musclemaximizinghelp.com/ Sam

    What a fantastic transformation! It just goes to show what is waiting for all of us outside our comfort zone.

  • Kelseyleann Martin

    My husband and I just closed our yoga studio and we threw together a website to sell what’s left of our (deeply discounted) inventory (www.yogaclearance.com) – If any of you fitness junkies are interested all the items are new with tags and made by LUCY activewear (priced $20-$45)