January 2, 2011

I said it last time…but I mean it this time. Time to get fit.

My goal was to lose 58 pounds during the Fall 2010 semester. I lost 8. And re-gained 7. But I’m not defeated. I am ready to start again. Instead of focusing on the large goal, I’ve broken it into more manageable pieces. I want to lose 10 pounds in January. I know how cliché it is to begin a fitness plan at the beginning of the new year, but I really don’t care about how things look to other people. I need to make a change. I’ve done the prep work. I’ve had SEVERAL trial runs. I know I can be successful. I lost 8-10 pounds three times in 2010. I know what my mistakes were. I got lazy and quit when things got hard. My plan is to just keep swimming.

I watched Finding Nemo again recently. The first time I saw the movie, I focused on the reunion. Where will it happen? Will the dentist flush Nemo? Will the dad have to find a way into the dentist’s tank? This time a different part of the story stood out to me. “Just keep swimming.” In The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch says ”the brick walls are there to stop people who don’t want it badly enough.” In Finding Nemo, Dori and the dad had many opportunities to give up — stung by jellyfish, swallowed by a blue whale — but they just keep swimming.

Maybe you think it’s lame to find inspiration in an animated movie, but I take it where I can get it.

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