Success is a Journey…NOT a Destination

You know why this title is true? ¬†Because if success was a destination, success (or progress) would cease once we hit our target. ¬†And we don’t want that.

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I wrote a blog post 4 weeks ago on the beginning of a new approach to my eating habits.

At 6′ 4″ tall and 44 years old, I had hit the most I had ever weighed that morning. ¬†260!

Now, it’s pretty easy to disguise 260 when you are 6′ 4″…BUT I knew something had to change.

Something ‘SNAPPED’ in me that morning. ¬†I believe it was Jesus kicking me in the rear. ¬†I’ll admit, I haven’t kept to my goals perfectly through those 4 weeks, but I have made great progress.

I weighed myself this morning after 4 weeks, and I’m at 251. ¬†I dropped 9 lbs! ¬†My long-term goal is about 200 lbs, but I’m focusing all my energy on daily goals rather than looking too far ahead. ¬†This allows me to measure results and bounce back from slip-ups quicker.

So why am I putting myself out there like this?  Just two reasons.

1. Accountability | By putting this in a public blog and on various social media platforms, I’m really making myself vulnerable. ¬†I want this to be a permanent change. ¬†So, this has resulted in a number of people asking me how I’m doing. ¬†Am I meeting my goals? ¬†Where am I slipping up? ¬†Others have also been very encouraging as well.

2. Processing | Some people journal. ¬†I write. ¬†And my preferred medium is blogging. ¬†It helps me mentally process things I’m growing through in my own life. ¬†And if it happens to help or encourage someone else along the way…..awesome!

I’m thankful to God for giving me the strength to succeed each day. ¬†And I’m thankful to my amazing wife. ¬†It’s not easy feeding a family of 5 on a tight budget when one of them is limited to a lot of specialty foods. ¬†She has been so understanding and gracious with me.

How about you? ¬†What are you working on, or what are you grateful for? ¬†I’d love for you to leave a comment below.

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Health & Fitness on THIS Blog?

For years I’ve joked that being 6′ 4″ makes it pretty easy to disguise being overweight.

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While this is true, the truth still remains. ¬†It’s impossible to hide it from YOURSELF. ¬†So I got out of bed a week ago determined to make a permanent life change. ¬†Mainly, this had to do with food. ¬†Food has been my idol, my drug of choice, my depression medicine for far too long.

The problem, however, was that I needed some regular inspiration to keep me focused on my daily goals. ¬†So I did a quick search on iTunes and found the Fat-Burning Man, a podcast hosted by Abel James. ¬†Don’t let the title throw you, this podcast is so much more than just ways to burn fat.

Other podcasts I am following include: ReLaunch, The One You Feed, and Underground Wellness.

While I’m on this new journey to much better health, this blog may become more about journaling my progress and discoveries for a season. ¬†BUT the blog title still remains to be fitting. ¬†Because leading ourselves well is the most stable foundation to leading others well.

Why am I posting ¬†this? ¬†The more I can be authentic and public about it, the more I feel like others are watching. ¬†There’s a level of accountability in it.

For me….my desire is to eventually lose 60 lbs. ¬†My new approach, however, is to set daily goals that are small enough to achieve. ¬†I’m not looking past the next 24 hours, other than to plan my meals. ¬†So each day I will strive to #WinToday! ¬†And starting off, a ‘Win’ at the end of the day means I’ve accomplished all 5 of these goals:

     РNothing after 7pm but water.
     РCut 90% of sugar and carbs out of my diet
     РAverage 30 Р60 push-ups each day
     РCut my meal portions in 1/2 (they were BIG)
     РDrink about 60 oz of water each day

When we’re not working on something we actually stop developing as individuals. ¬†We become stagnant. ¬†(btw, that’s not good)

What are you working on and what does your process (or plan) look like?