Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Awesome

I think we could all admit that it's so much easier to dwell on the negative and unfortunate things in our lives than it is to focus on the positive. For a few months now, I have been compiling what I call my "awesome list" to counteract that part of my thinking. This all started when I read a post on my gym's blog talking about awesome things; that was the day I started my list. I have since been given the book of awesome by one of the coaches at my gym and I can't help but let it put a goofish grin on my face. Sometimes the most simple things can change the way you perceive what's going on around you.

As I see it, acknowledging awesome things goes hand-in-hand with staying in the moment. If I am able to appreciate things for being awesome, there's a good chance I'm also allowing myself to experience that moment fully.

So, without putting this off any further, here's some of the recent additions to my awesome list:


Awesome Is...

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That first sip of coffee on a dreary Monday morning (at least there's SOME good in the world on a Monday!)

-The knowledge that I am capable of so much more than I have imagined for myself.

-Having the freedom and ability to further my education.

-Having an abundant amount of support behind me as I journey to become a healthier individual.

-Looking in the mirror and being proud of the gains I have made, and smiling at the person staring back at me. Also, knowing that it's only getting better.

-Going clothes shopping (haven't gone all summer, I'm definitely swimming in most of my clothes) and finding that the size I thought I miiiight just squeeze into were actually too big.

-Having random people come up to me telling me the changes that they've seen in me, this is definitely awesome. It feels so good, but just as awesome is being able to acknowledge and be proud of those things myself.

-The breaking point in a workout where I am ready to give up. When I push through, that feeling is awesome.

-Good friends, and an evening of hanging out.

-Impromptu dance parties (they may not happen for everyone, but for me, these are a daily occurrence)


Anyway, these are just a handful of things on my ever-growing list. I think it's important to acknowledge the awesome things in life, I want to be able to appreciate something new about every day.

On that note, I leave you with a quote that really caught my attention...

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." -Diane Ackerman


Love,

-Kimmy G

P.S. Feel free to post things that you think are awesome!




Tuesday, August 23, 2011

For those moments that take your breath away...

Living in the moment.

Four seemingly simple cliché words to live your life by. So simple, and yet, I’ve yet to find anybody who is able to live their lives 100% in the moment. Do I think it’s healthy to always be in the moment? No, not completely. Without dreaming we would have no goals, and without goals we would have no ambition. However, if all we do is dream, we’ll miss out on so many great moments that are happening in our present. Sometimes I have to force myself to slow my mind down long enough to appreciate one simple fact; today is the future I dreamed about yesterday.

Now, some may be tempted to say that there’s nothing exciting happening right at this exact moment, and as a result, it’s just fine to have our heads in the clouds. I disagree. If I really think about it, I used to dream about a day when my life would be different; when I would be healthier and I would be happier. While it is easy to make the mistake of thinking that there is nothing worthy of my attention at this moment, this is certainly not the case. The fact is, I am healthier and happier than I have been in a long time and that alone is reason enough to slow down and enjoy this moment.

Yes, things may not be absolutely perfect. In fact, my back is sore and I can’t go to the gym right now but I am learning that circumstances don’t have to alter the greatness of this moment. I could choose to dwell on the fact that I am missing out on time at the gym, or I could choose to get really excited about the day that I’ll be able to return; instead, I choose to focus on the fact that today is the day I dreamed about months ago. I will enjoy it.

So here’s to those moments that will take our breath away, may we all have the ability to realize them, and the presence of mind to experience them fully.

-Kimmy G

Friday, August 19, 2011

Butterflies

The butterfly is definitely one of nature's marvels. After having spent days slugging along on its belly, one day, the caterpillar decides to make a change. How does he do this? First of all, he comes to terms with his need to change, and then he begins the exhaustive process of making a cocoon. Through time and persistence, it is here that he is changed. Suddenly, his life is filled with brilliant color and new experiences; I am realizing that I am like that caterpillar.

Just like the caterpillar, my journey has certainly been a physical (as well as mental) change, and will continue to be as I travel down this road. A few years ago I realized that I was in a place I didn't want to be, and I started to make some steps to overhaul my life. Unfortunately, due to many different reasons, my success was minimal. Part of the problem was that I was unable to find a form of exercise that brought me joy, and another part of it was being afraid to commit to anything wholeheartedly. When you are a caterpillar, it's hard to believe that one day you will ever be a butterfly like those around you. It's scary to allow yourself to dream, let alone to take actions to make those dreams a reality.

Well, there came a day in my caterpillar life when I decided it was time to make the change, or give up on the dream entirely. It was at this time that I stumbled across the CrossFit website... thank-you, Google! With only having read the website, and throwing some e-mails back and fourth, I decided to join. Sure, it was scary at first, of course the workouts left me flat on my behind, but none of that mattered. In the light of being able to make a change and being so supported by this new-found network of CrossFit lovers, I knew that if I committed myself fully to changing my life, this time it would actually happen.

I am happy to say that my change is happening, and bit-by-bit I'm becoming a stronger person; both mentally and physically. I decided to start this blog on the request of somebody I work with. I plan to use it to share my thoughts as I am confronted with those little light bulb moments on my journey toward changing my life. Make no mistake, while this blog may seem to have a lot to do with weight loss, it has very little to do with weight loss at the same time. This blog is about becoming healthy, changing my life, and enjoying the awesome moments along the way.

So, if you're with me for the journey, feel free to check in. I don't know how often I will post, but when something comes to mind that I get excited to blab about, you can bet that you will find it on here! Until then, have a fabulous unspecified amount of time!

Love,

-Kimmy G