Sacrificing what I am for what I will become

I found this quote today and I love it:

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.


Here are some other quotes that I have found helpful today as well:
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

I see a lot of struggling on the nets these days, and I am no exception. Is it the winter doldrums? The weakening economy? The Post Holiday blues? Is it all of them put together? I don’t know, but I do know that falling back into old, destructive habits when we are faced with adversity is not the way to move forward. In the last year, I became a different person. I got my act together and made moves that would be conducive to change, and change I did. I lost weight, but more importantly I gained confidence and self esteem. That feeling is addictive. I want to hang on to that feeling.

I did okay over the weekend – not great, but okay. Friday night I had two pieces of pizza and a small slice of cake. Saturday was spent running around, and I even made an attempt to go run at the rec center, but the childcare room is closed on the weekends (I didn’t find that out until we got there) and Saturday night I had 3 extra kids in addition to my 3 for a sleepover. Needless to say, I was tired and sluggish all day yesterday. And that is what fueled my “I need something to eat” feeling that lasted until about 2pm. I finally turned off the tv and took a nap, which did make me feel better and more in control. I didn’t eat anything else until dinner that night and then I only ate a small portion because I just wasn’t all that hungry. I didn’t work out at all over the weekend and that makes me mad at myself because this weekend was gorgeous, if a bit windy, and I missed a lot of good running opportunities. But there will be more gorgeous days ahead and I just have to remember that, like the quote above says, there is power in change. We’ve all heard that knowledge is power, and that is true, but taking that knowledge and acting on it is where the magic begins. THAT is how we turn things around. So I am continuing to turn my own tide and today I have a great healthy lunch packed and I have the 30DS to look forward to tonight…

And speaking of the Shred – I got in 4 workouts last week (Sun, Mon, Tues, and Thurs). I really wanted to get in at least 5 workouts but I didn’t so I guess that’s something to push for this week. How well did you all do with it? Did you find that it got easier the more you did it? Let me know what you guys thought of it.

So this week, try to get in at least 3 Shred workouts again, okay? I know you can do it!! I’m also going to focus on NOT slipping back into old habits, and doing things that will lead to change. MizFit has a great post today about getting out of our comfort zones (or ruts if you will), go check her out if you haven’t already. Have a great week gang!

9 thoughts on “Sacrificing what I am for what I will become

  1. ooh, Jill, I love a good quote! Those are great. I like the first two best.

    And you did really well! Once I start with pizza, I have a hard time stopping with two slices. And only one piece of cake…EXCELLENT!

    As far as the Shred, I’ve done 3 since starting. I run my weeks from Wed. to Wed. (I’m not sure why, maybe I’ll change that today ala Mizfit’s doing something uncomfortable…) The shred is hard and I wonder about doing the strength exercises every day, because I’ve always heard you should strength train one day and rest the next day. But it is getting a little easier for me too. Oh, well, I did downgrade my weights to 5 pound weights…

  2. I only use 3 pound weights because I am a wuss.

    I think I should clarify: I only had one piece of cake Friday night. Saturday I had 75 tiny thin slices of cake, and Sunday I made my son eat the last piece so I wouldn’t have to look at it anymore. So really I didn’t have just ONE piece – total was probably more like 3 all weekend. But good heavens it was goooooood!!!

  3. I think it’s a combination of the winter doldrums (ie omg is this winter going to END?), the weakening economy (ie I want but alas, I cannot have) and homesickness (specific to me I know). The strange thing is that this weekend, when I’ve been at my lowest emotionally, I’ve been on my best behaviour food and finance wise. I’ve found is insanely easy to say “nope, don’t need it” and walk away. I’ve been drinking litres and litres of water and listening to my body about food. I cooked a big pot of chilli yesterday and that was lunch today, plus a salad from the cafeteria. I’m working out tonight.

    Emotionally, I’m a little off and I’m hoping to get that back on track soon too. I feel like curling up and sleeping it all away but the good thing is that I can’t ( and I’ll dig myself outta here soon too.

    Thanks for the virtual hugs 🙂 and here’s to my 30 Day Shred arriving tonight so I can actually START shredding!

  4. Yes, I’ve been keeping up with the workouts. I do five pound weights and I’m officially doing level three.

    No weight change yet. But I’m sacrificing for what I could become 😉

  5. good morning.

    just checking into say we are leaving you.

    we dont want any of your slippage into and we dont fit you any more.

    go find new ones please.


    Your OLD Habits

  6. Gem – That’s really awesome that food wise you are on track, but so sorry about the emotional roller coaster. Here’s to brighter days!

    WF – OMG!! 5 POUND WEIGHTS AND LEVEL 3????????? You are a super hero!!!

    Miz – have I told you lately I adore you? No? Then consider yourself told! 🙂

  7. yup.. here in montana.. . the winter woes can get to ya… but i love that about getting out of comfort zone… the story of my life and it’s amazing how much stronger you are (physically and mentally) when you let yourself take the leap of faith

    keep on keepin’ on
    gp in montana

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