Friday, December 31, 2010

Get The Party Started

Do you have a New Year's resolution? Many people will be committing to do something different in 2011. You can probably guess that one of the most popular resolutions each year relates to fitness and health. Thousands of people will aspire to lose weight and become healthier in the next year. I hope and pray that many will succeed. I know that they can, I know that you can! There are many important factors in a positive change for health but let me just drop 2 ideas that are very and I mean VERY important.

1. Leave comfort behind! What I mean here is that if you want to work on your health in 2011 then you have to be willing to step outside your comfort zone. To succeed you must take risks and there will be times that you are uncomfortable. Hey, if losing weight was easy and effortless, well then I would not be writing these words, because we all would be in great shape. Truth is, losing weight and taking care of our health takes work and I mean hard work! So be willing to be uncomfortable. For some that may mean that you join a gym despite the fact that you are embarrassed about your weight. Others may have to set that alarm a little earlier to get some much needed cardio into your routine. None of us are perfect all the time but you must develop consistency and be willing to get outside your comfort areas.

2. Be Accountable! Studies prove over and over that when we are accountable we are more likely to stick with a plan. I want to encourage you to find a way to be accountable. You need someone in your life that will NOT let you off the hook so easy. It is great if you could find a workout partner or someone who can walk with you at a certain time. If that can not happen, then find someone who doesn't mind checking in with you from time to time to make sure you are sticking with your wellness plan. As I said, this person needs to be someone who can be confrontational in an appropriate way.

So there you have 2 IMPORTANT keys to being successful if you have a wellness goal in 2011. These have been cornerstones in my own journey. Keep checking back and I will keep posting. I have some plans for the blog in the new year. Some of those plans include chances for you to win some cool stuff! I will be giving away a few things from time to time. I hope everyone has a fun but safe new year's eve! Stay tuned and remember all your hard work, discomfort, and accountability will be worth it! You are worth it!

Till next time...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Holidays

Hello everyone, I hope that you had a Merry Christmas! I know I know, it has been a while since I posted and I am sure that some of you have wondered if I was ever going to post again. I am sorry it has taken me so long to post. I would love to tell you some story about how I have been out doing such meaningful work that has enhanced the human race that I have simply not had the time to post one word. Well I cant say that but I will tell you that I am sorry that I have not updated lately and I intend to do better. I know that many of you do read this blog and you have been kind enough to email, twitter, or facebook me and tell me what my story has meant to you. For your kind and encouraging words I say thank you!! I enjoy reading what you all have to say and I appreciate that you take the time to read my thoughts. With that being said I intend to make some commitments. I have decided to make frequent blogging one of my new year's resolutions. Who knows I may even throw in a vlog from time to time, yes I am crazy like that!

Now I admit I do not have the need to tell the virtual world every time I decide to go for a run or workout, so I intend to keep my post to at least 1 time a week and sometimes maybe 2. I also want to keep the words to a reasonable limit. I think in the past I have had long entries and that overwhelms me and probably you the reader as well. So after this entry, I will attempt to be brief with my updates, a few paragraphs at the most. So there you have it, my commitment to write at least once a week on the wellness blog. Feel free to ridicule me and harass me if I do not hold up to this resolution. Now on to an actual update on my wellness and weight loss.

I am continuing to work on my own health, back last spring I picked up running and have now ran two 5Ks and am currently training for my first 10K!!! I remember back when the only running I thought of was running to the kitchen :)! My how times have changed. I am very slow when it comes to running but I am loving it! I have found nothing that challenges me more and works my WHOLE body like running. When I first started, I would walk 3 miles, within that walk I would try to run 1min and then walk. Gradually I built up to running the entire time but that didn't happen fast. So, remember if you decide to start running take it slow and gradually work your way up.

My weight loss continues but it has slowed down. I am totally OK with that, I have come a long way!!! To date I have lost 222 pounds. If I do not lose another pound that is fine. I am continuing to eat healthy and exercise consistently and I am letting the rest fall into place. I believe that living a healthy lifestyle is much more than just numbers on the scale. OK thanks for reading everyone and look for more consistent posts soon and as I said maybe even some video messages from yours truly.

Till next time.... Travis