Tag Archives: motivation

Sami Stoner

Do limitations exist?  I´m sure it´s easy to answer yes to this question based on situations you may have experienced or are currently experiencing.  This story may help you think again.

MyGoal #011 illustration - girl and dogSami Stoner is a runner.  Even with a rare eye disease, called Stargardt´s disease, which causes blindness, she still runs.  While this story has been around for awhile, and Stoner has since graduated from high school, it still bears repeating.

Even though Stoner was deemed legally blind, she ran cross country in high school.  With just a bit of peripheral vision, she traversed the trails with her guide dog, Chloe.

Sound incredible?  That’s because it is!

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Rick Hoyt

MyGoal #010 illustration - marathonIn 1977, Rick Hoyt, who was born with cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic told his dad he wanted to participate in a 5 mile charity run to honor a schoolmate who had been paralyzed in an accident.  Rick really wanted to do something for him, and what he wanted to do was run.  Obviously, he couldn’t run, but his dad could – and he could do it pushing Rick along the way.  Rick wanted his schoolmate to know, life goes on, even if you’re paralyzed.  Rick and his dad have gone on to participate in 1,108 endurance events, as of April 2014.

Rick’s schoolmate inspired Rick to action, and Rick inspired his dad to action.  At age 36, Rick’s dad, Dick took up running and hasn’t looked back.  This is the small, yet enormous effect we can all have on each other.  One story – One person – Can change your whole life.

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How to Get Motivated to Lose Weight

If you are struggling to lose weight, here are some ideas to revitalize your efforts:  MyGoal #005 illustration - Success Failure

  1. Remind yourself why losing weight is important to you.  It’s easy to get caught up in the number on the scale, but why do you really want to lose weight?  How do you think it will change your life?  Connect to that.
  2. Do something different.  Monotony in our habits can lead to boredom and stagnancy.  Additionally, it’s important to shock the body for continued progress and to avoid plateaus, so try something new.  If you normally walk or lift weights, do a hip hop or yoga class – something to keep your body on its toes!  The more out of your comfort zone it is, the more points you get.  As a side benefit, you’ll feel proud of yourself for having tried something new, which builds confidence and positive energy. 

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Sustainable Weight Loss: Is It Possible?

How do you lose weight AND keep it off?   This is really the issue, isn’t it?  Many of us go through ups and downs in life, and it’s not uncommon for our weight to follow suit.  While it’s true many people have difficulty keeping the weight off once it’s disappeared, there are systems you can put in place to sustain your progress.  After all, weight maintenance is a lifelong process not a one-time event.  Even if you’re not in a position right now to sustain weight loss, you may benefit from knowing what it is people do to both lose the weight and keep it off.  It’s all about what you do NOW that can begin to change your future.

MyGoal #004 illustration - Sustainable Exercise Blog PostFirst of all, research shows those who keep track of their behaviors are more likely to take weight off and keep it off.  This may include tracking your exercise, your meal plans, or even how often you eat.  Writing it down will help you see exactly what’s going on.  Start by choosing a target area – something that’s been giving you a hard time, or something you want to work on.  Is there a particular part of the day you find yourself snacking more?  Is exercise harder for you during certain times of the day or even certain times of the year?  Where exactly do you slip when you get off course?  Beginning to target certain areas like this can provide the awareness to move in the right direction.

What can you do today to set the foundation for sustainable results?

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