First...let me start by saying that I started my 6th. week with the FLU!!! - yep..I was down 9 days and was bumbed...what a roll I was on too....well...I came back strong. This past week was my first week back and didnt skip a beat. I was a little weak on the work-outs and not showing the muscles building up like I was hoping but I am sticking to my "Journal" like glue...SSooooo....I am on the treadmill this morning.....
Let me preface this by saying that just 2 years ago I was 290lbs......and now...I am a slimming 6'1" 243 lb. 40 year old with 6 weeks to go and HIGHLY EXCITED at what I will feel and look like soon....sooo.....my last minute on the treadmill I hit 7 mph!!...I have done this for the last three cardo runs......that is HUGE for me.....HUGE I tell you!!!......so....I have my I-POD in my ears.....listening to my favorite group RED and this song comes on "Ordinary World".....as soon as I hit the button for "7 mph" (coming from 5 mph)....the lyrics scream out "and I won't cry for yesterday".....now...I know your thinking....(you have to be their I guess)....but for me.....the tears began to fill the eye lids....for me.....ALL my yesterdays..and the days before that flashed back of me as a memory of me as a HEAVY guy....marriage problems....not wanting to swim...go to the beach....I dont have to explain it here....everyone here knows the pain.........and the thought that in just 6 simple weeks......a new me will emerging.......that is an emotional thought for me.....
just a couple weeks ago family and friends have commented on my weight loss....my new jean sizes....shirts......someone at work said they are now motivated to start at the gym because of me.....a girl said she used to be an athlete in high school and checked out Body for Life on the web because of me.......ME?.....Really?.....I was just this big guy who came to work every day......now I am buying shirts that are a LARGE!.......go figure......yeah......forgive me if I get a little emotional for the next 6 weeks........Bill.....your a friend I will probably never meet....truly.......
This is very inspiring! I'm so glad for your progress. It's very ok to be emotional! It releases hormones. They say crying eliminates stress hormones which is why when you are done crying, you feel a sense of relief. Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration for many people on here, including me.
This story makes me want to give you a big hug. I know exactly how you feel. I've been on this weight loss journey for a year now and just joined BFL this year. As I was running on the treadmill doing my HIIT training I was thinking how a year ago I could barely make it for 30 seconds.
A few weeks ago my husband took me ice skating and I was nervous that it would be painful because I was still too out of shape. I had a total blast. Not only was I in shape enough but it felt just like when I was in my 20's and I would skate 3 times a week.
Keep on keeping on!
Quit World of Warcraft, Quit Diet Coke, Quit Processed foods, Started Body For Life and got healthy."DING!"
Awesome! Those tears are what make champions Robert. Excellent post, and yes - we get it here!
Thanks for sharing your sweet success today.
As MO likes to say " YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE" Woop!
So happy for you and this brought a smile to my face!
This is incredible and SO inspiring...keep it up. You are amazing...
Thank you everyone...I re-read my post and I just smiled....still riding my high....filling out my Journal...excited about my food for the day.....I am just amazed that NO weight loss program has EVER done for me what BFL has done for me....and knowing that folks like you....responding to a post from me could be so inspiring to me....I cant wait to share my photos in the end.....what an exciting journey this has been.......
My eyes welled up reading that. I like that song too. I have not inspired anyone in my daily life yet like I was hoping to, but maybe some day. I am in Week 10.
Shoshie - those video games can be so addictive, can't they? In my 20's I spent a lot of time playing Final Fantasy, then really got into fanfiction, just sitting at the computer for hours and hours... when I would get up, it felt like I had cellulite all over the back of my legs from sitting so long in a computer chair, and it would itch. Don't really know that was, but I realized I had to stop reading about these skinny muscular characters that could kill monsters and stuff, and start getting muscular myself!
I'm currently addicted to Farmville, but just can't seem to drop it completely.
If you could see the BIG Grin on my face! I'm so happy for you, Robert!!!! We sooo "get it" here! (If outsiders read our stories, they would think we were just plain crazy!) But, NOPE! -BFL is Amazing!!!-
I had a similar experience last week doing my Hitt. I just had an overwhelming feeling of acomplishment, pride, joy, it just all came over me... To preface, I have been so depressed over the past year - stressed over $, etc. I had made it to my goal weight & I had let myself go again with emotional eating, injury, etc... But for THAT instant on the Arc trainer... I KNEW I had finally found the way back to the "REAL Me" - the me that I am getting back each and every day of the program! The tears started running down my face & I just kept going faster & faster!
When I got off the machine, I thought, "Wow, this is what hitting my 10 really feels like!!!" Just had to laugh at myself! I think I was glowing all day after that! Enjoy your high! I know I enjoyed mine!
Thanks for the inspiration!!!
What a great post...thanks Robert...This was definitely something I needed to read today...Having a crappy day...was ready to just "chuck" it, but read this and have gotten my "mojo" back. Thank you again!! A former 375 pounder ... down to 240# ... with 60 to go!!! Keep on keeping ON!!!!
There you go, Gobes! Get your Mojo on! There will be no "chucking it" on this Friday!!! WOOP, Woop!
Sounds like a great experience man. Haven't heard of the band RED, though Ordinary World is a mid 90's Duran Duran song, so I know it well. Rock on man.
Congrats on quitting World of Warcraft !! - Highly addictive game to be sat down, eating, not exercising etc.. i had an Xbox issue - so purposely stopped buying xbox live subscription and got my partner to hide my games - go me lol! This is just the start for me.. long way to go, but there's a lot of inspiring stories on these forums, congrats to you and everyone :)
I feel you on this one! I am just starting the challenge today but a month ago i started doing cardio every day and I have songs that come on my ipod that make me feel the same way and I almost cry everytime. Here I thought I was the only who did stuff like that :)
I still haven't cried on or after a workout!! can't wait to experience it!!
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