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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

No Regrets

Written on November 6, 2012 at 10:30 am , by

Silver Comet Trail Half Marathon 2012I  recently finished my second half-marathon.

I wasn’t sure up until a week before if I was even going to do it.  I went back and forth about IF my body was ready to run another half marathon.

You see, I am a planner.  I like to make a plan and stick to it.  I had an 8-week training plan and I missed a few of the long runs.  This caused doubt in my head that I wasn’t ready.

I did two 10 mile runs on the last two Sundays and those went well.  I was slower than I had run them before but I still ran them in a decent time.

It wasn’t until the Sunday before the race that I decided I could in fact do it and I would run it.

I wasn’t going to break any personal records.  I wasn’t going to get out there and be miserable the whole time I was running.  I decided I would enjoy the race, walk if I needed to, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

That’s exactly what I did.

I finished about 10  minutes later than my first half-marathon but you know what, I finished.  And…I enjoyed it!

I allowed myself to go at the pace that was right for me.  I allowed myself to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the trail I was on.  I allowed myself to just be in the moment.

And I finished.

Later that afternoon, I was sitting down having a moment of silence for the morning I had just had.  I sat there thinking, “This moment would have happened whether I ran that race or not.”  The good thing was, I was sitting in that moment with no regrets.  I did it.  I doubted it, but in the end, I did it.

I lived with no regrets.

I think this is pertinent to so many areas of life.  Things come up daily and decisions must be made.  Ask yourself next time you are making a major decision, “Will I regret the decision I make?”  Make sure you live with no regrets.

I don’t regret joining Weight Watchers almost 4 years ago.

I don’t regret doing my first half marathon or my second.

I don’t regret signing up for my fourth Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving morning.

In general, I don’t EVER regret a workout or a good health decision.

The only regrets I have are the ones where I make an unhealthy decision for me and my body.

I want to encourage you to…Live with no regrets.

 

Jennifer Swafford writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.

Failure to Plan

Written on September 4, 2012 at 9:54 am , by

Failing to Plan is Planning to FailOne of the major keys – Possibly THE major key to weight loss is one simple word.

P-L-A-N

In everything you do, you must go in with a plan.

First, let’s talk Food.

  • Breakfasts are pretty foolproof because there are so many options of grab and go. Even if I don’t plan breakfast, I can still be successful. I usually stick with oatmeal which is a quick two minute prep.
  • Lunches are another story. If I don’t plan my lunch the night before, my only choice is to either have the hubs bring me something or eat school food (blah…no thanks!). Lunch must be planned out and MADE the night before. If I don’t make it the night before, then I run the risk of either running late to work or not having a lunch.
  • Snacks are the same as lunches. If I don’t pack one, I don’t have one.  With my job, it is a little tricky sometimes because I don’t have the option of running out to get something. Either I have it or I do without.
  • Dinners – THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IF I DON’T HAVE A PLAN!  Sure, I can always stop at the grocery store on the way home and pick up something to make. However, the reality is that I am usually too tired to think that hard. I have to have a plan. Not only do I have to have a plan, I have to grocery shop ahead of time and have the food ready and available.

This has really tripped me up this past week. I didn’t really have a plan so we ate out almost every night. FAIL!

I am going to make this one of my goals for September – Plan meals and grocery shop on the weekends for the upcoming week!

Now, let’s talk Exercise

Planning is so important when it comes to exercise. Without a plan, I tend to make excuses and do without.

My best exercise program that I REALLY stuck to was when I was training for my half-marathon. I think because it was written on a calendar, I did it. I worked out every time I was supposed to! It was awesome!

With my job, I have to plan ahead to exercise by packing my workout clothes in my car. If I don’t pack them, I have the perfect excuse NOT to workout. After I get home, I have dinner, dishes, lunches and then bed…no time for working out. I have to workout BEFORE I get home.  Without workout clothes, that is not going to happen!

For the month of September, I will be training for another half marathon so hopefully I will rock the exercise!

When it comes to being successful in weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you eat right and exercise, the weight will come off.

When it comes to planning and weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you plan for your eating, and plan for your exercise, the weight will come off!

Remember…A failure to plan is planning to fail. What steps will YOU take this month to plan for success?

 

Jennifer Swafford writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.

How to Get Back on Track after Vacation

Written on July 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm , by

Last week was the Fourth of July and many families went on vacations and trips out of town to visit family or friends.  Many people allow themselves to “take a break” from healthy eating when on vacation.  Maybe they feel like they “deserve” a vacation from all things, including watching portion sizes and counting calories.

A few weeks ago, I was on vacation in Destin. It was a great week but I didn’t focus on my eating like I should.  This week, I am planning to get back on track and get focused once again on my goals.

Jennifer It sucks to be fat in Florida

Vacation trip to Florida. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Swafford.

If you are one of those people who tends to “take a break” from healthy living while on vacation, here are 3 ways you can get back on track after vacation (or even just after taking some time off from your healthiness goals).

1.  START – I know this seems simple but if we don’t start, or if we put it off until tomorrow, we will never start.  Tomorrow never comes!  Pick a day (today) and start now!

2.  GET MOVING – Make an exercise goal and stick with it.  When we are feeling bad from poor eating on vacation, nothing can release better endorphines than a good walk/run.  Just go at least 10-20 minutes a day and you will have a better outlook on getting back on track!

3.  TELL SOMEONE – Accountability is so important.  Tell a close friend or relative that today you are going to start eating better and exercising.  Call them each night and tell them how you did or maybe even have them call you (if we haven’t done so well, we might not want to call).  If you have an accountability partner, you are more likely to stick to the plan!

The main thing you can do is just do it.  Just go ahead and start TODAY because You-Are-Worth-It!

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Jennifer writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.