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There is a man that runs around my town all of the time carrying himself with no evidence of being tired. You may see him out at the park r...


Stillness. Quality of FIT. Make it Better.

This morning - I am sitting here waiting for my stomach to settle from breakfast so that I can do my workout. It's very peaceful this morning. The only thing I really hear is the air conditioner running. My wife got up this morning earlier than I did and now she is napping on the couch. We put the cat in its room (guest room) at night so that it doesn't get into anything - she is still in there.

The quietness, peace, and stillness really promotes a reflective attitude. As I talked about in my last post - I am hosting my third weight loss challenge (go here to check it out and JOIN!). I will be taking part in that challenge in hopes to shed the last few pounds. It's a six week deal and the first challenge that I took part in - I lost 17 lbs. Now, I know that I have just over 17 lbs to lose - so the results form the first challenge won't be happening this time. That challenge will help me to lose ten pounds though. I can not believe I am this close to that goal of 170 lbs. It's scary and exciting at the same time.

This peacefulness is just too awesome to destroy - I just supressed a cough in order to not disrupt the silence.

I can't help but think today about what my life consisted of 65 lbs ago. The thought of me telling someone that I was fit makes me smile today. I was confused. I had lied to myself for so long that I believed it. I was misinformed.

Today, I won't tell anyone that I am fit. I'll say that I am fitter than I was or that I am getting fit. Obviously, with the name of my site - one day I would love to be able to say...

"I am fit with a purpose."

That day is close. I think I will hit my 170 goal by the end of the year. I am sitting in this place of quiet solitude scared and overjoyed at the thought of being able to hit that goal. (I'm also wondering if that is a spider on the curtain)

What happens when I hit that goal? Who knows? Life will still go on as it normally does - it won't stop because I have reached a number. I am holding some things back though until I hit that goal. There are things that I am working on for when I do meet my specific goal. It's not a change of career (could promote it though). It's not to become a trainer (which would be awesome). It's not a trip or anything (someone want to pay for one?).

It's actually rather small and simple in my eyes - but it's important to me. (I am debating this last paragraph b/c I am keeping my plans to myself and don't think the paragraph is really needed. I will decide by the end of this post.)

The month of June was a hard one. I stayed on track and still lost weight, but I had a lot going on. With the move, the weeks I was away, and the extra busyness complete - I am making July better on this fitness/weight loss front.

How are you making July better than the rest of the year?


She-Fit said...

WOW! You are such an inspiration to us all on weight loss. Sounds like you are pushing through to your goal. Good luck!

Patrick said...

I'm not sure I am making July itself unique. What I am doing is making this year better than any of the 20 previously. And having fun doing it.

Molly said...

Seth - thanks for the support and thanks for the inspiration you give the rest of us!
How am I making July better?? I going to start traing for a 10K in September and I'm going to keep doing WW and tracking every bite!

David said...

I'm a big fan of silence on a regular basis. And I think it's okay to say you're fit. Haven't really thought about that - I usually say I'm "exploring fitness". Not quite a "fitness resident". I'll give it a few years.

Miz said...

Im making this month
and facing my fears no matter how frozen with paralysis by analysis I almost WANT :) to be.

Meegan (redstar5) said...

I love your approach to tackling the last 17lbs to your goal. My July plans include a new kick-start plan as well. I've got my dietitian on board, eating in a new way, and my trainer has upped the ante for my workouts - I feel like July is already a new standard. Now I just want to the results to be my pay-off!

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

July is my busy month. Just hitting it balls to the wall and putting in that extra effort!!!! :)

Angela said...

I purposely get up earlier than everyone else just so I can experience the quiet stillness which allows me to prepare myself for the day. Ahhh...just to enjoy the peace..letting your mind wander without interruption.

I am stepping out of my comfort zone this July..I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

Jess said...

July started out ROUGH. It was my birthday and a bunch of things happened, things that I used as an excuse. I found reasons to NOT do things instead of reasons TO do them.

But I'm better now. Two week funk and that's that. I'm glad it's stopping there right now. Seriously. I was teetering on a dangerous ledge but then I realized that two weeks out of a year out of the rest of my life?! That means nothing.

I've got this.

I'm fit with a purpose. To get healthy. One step at a time. Sometimes I might take a few steps backwards, but if I refuse to fall and continue to eventually press forward, I will prevail :)

KatDoesDiets said...

Glad to hear you're in such a good place! Hmm, how am I making July better than the rest of the year? good question.

Andrew is getting fit said...

Great post. It reminded me that I need to stop and reflect sometimes.