Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Can You?: A Guest Post by Tara from ALifeChangingJourney.com


Hi.

My name is Tara Martin.  Maybe we know each other in real life. Maybe we don’t. Maybe we know each other from some sort of social media outlet. Maybe we don’t. Regardless of whether we know each other or not we’re both here at Dubya’s place and I think we should talk…

Dubya asked me to do a blog post for her a while back and I’ve been procrastinating a bit. Waiting for the right “message” to come to me that would help me clickety click on my keyboard. Writing words that would inspire me to inspire you (and then come back around and inspire me once again).

She wrote a post not too long ago and it has resonated with me for the last couple of days and I want us to spend a little more time with it. Spend a little more time with the idea of “What if You Can’t?” I used to be a “what if you can’t” kind of person. What if you can’t lose the weight? What if you can’t say no to the second plate of food? What if you can’t run? What if you can’t fit into smaller clothes? What if you can’t stop shoving food into your face when you’re upset? What if you can’t stop hating yourself enough to just for once in your life do something life changing…?

I’ll tell you what I can’t do.

I can’t be morbidly obese any longer in my life. I can’t sit around playing video games hoping that somehow what I’m playing in a fantasy world will be enough of a substitute that I won’t have to participate in my life. I can’t sit around screaming inside my head to make a change and then do nothing about putting forth the work to make that change.

All of the “But what if you can’t”  kept me right where I thought I should be. Down. Way down. I didn’t deserve anything but what the “what if you can’t” brought me: depression, obesity, sadness at my own existence…

I didn’t start out saying “oh but what if YOU CAN” in order to move forward and go after what I deserved. I was more of a “well let’s give it a shot and see what happens from here…”

Let’s see if I can skip taking the elevators and walk up the stairs. Let’s see if I can replace one can of diet soda for water. Let’s see if I can find a better food option instead of that fast food calling my name. Let’s see if I can walk during my lunch breaks and maybe replace two cans of diet soda for water. Let’s see if I can count some calories and maybe take an extra walk at night to get my heart going a little faster…

Let’s see if I can lose 5 pounds. Let’s see if I can lose 20 pounds. Let’s see if I can lose 110 pounds.

Let’s see if I can walk a few miles and not be winded. Let’s see if I can run for 30 seconds. Let’s see if I can run for 5 minutes. Let’s see if I can run a mile. Let’s see if I can run a 5k. Let’s see if I can run for 6 miles. Let’s see if I can run a half marathon.

Let’s see if I can live life. Let’s see if I can find the love in my own existence to find the love waiting out there in the world for me. Let’s see if I can put away the fantasy and go after the reality…

I can.

(Can you?)

DubyaWife's Take: 
Tara is an inspirational blogger that I had the honor of meeting at Fitbloggin '11.  Prior to that event I had never once read her blog. Now, I check it everyday.  Her story, her message is clear.  If you want something bad enough, you do what it takes to get it.  Tara's relentless pursuit to find herself physically, mentally, and emotionally motivates me.  With little baby steps she went from a depressed morbidly obese woman to happy & motivated marathoner.  Tara is truly a success story in every way.  Read more about her on her blog and/or follow her via twitter


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