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“I know the price of success...."

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

Do you consider yourself dedicated? Do you do what it takes day after miserable day for the results you want to see? Watching extreme make-over weight loss edition the guy said, "You did a third of the work, you get a third of the reward."  TRUTH!

Rising to the challenge
Yesterday was a challenge for me. It was one of those days where for starters, I didn't want to wake up. I just wanted to stay in bed for another hour, but no, work was calling my name. So I got up and got ready. 

I had my gym bag all packed, I took it with me, and as the day went on, I started to pay the price of skipping my PT for two days in a row. Time to get back on that! I was sore, and achy, and the gym was the last thing I wanted to do. 

I sat on the bus and struggled with myself to NOT get off on my regular stop and just go home. I thought, if I just sit here, I'll end up at the gym and have no choice. So I did. I drug my sorry butt in there, got dressed and hopped on some machines. I even did a little weight machines before I left. Boy am I sore today, I barely did anything on the weight machines, my arms are just terribly weak.

Making Progress
Anyhow, I did the rower twice, I did a recumbent, a cross-trainer, and two weight machines before I left. I was there an hour. I had wanted to stay for at least 1.5 hours and maybe swim, but the lanes were closed for a swim thing and I was starving and tired so I just went home. (To find I"d lost another lb!)

Either way, I'm really proud that I went. I was tired and sore and feeling like crap but I went anyhow. Dedication is a totally new thing to me, and I'm glad I've found it. :) I've always liked the quote, "Make progress, or make excuses." Even though for a REALLY long time I only made excuses. Here I am though, 72 lbs down, 72 lbs to go, making progress and done with excuses.


  1. Very true! I have that on my Spark page ~ it's consistency (aka dedication) that will get you to your goals. You can't have one foot on both sides, with cheat days and lazy weeks. Just make one good decision and build on it. A lot of good decisions add up, and they motivate you to keep making more.

    I hear you with that story. That was me this morning, having been awake between 2 - 2:40 or so with my kitty wanting to shower me with kisses, then not being able to fall asleep. The alarm goes off at 5:20 for my hour long Callanetics session and I'm like, NO WAY. But I was up by 5:34 and I did the hour and I'm glad for it.

    You're halfway to goal! Congrats! I still have six pounds to let go before I get there. YAY YOU!

  2. Tonight I walked 2 miles and it took me an hour but I kept up the mantra in my head - is this really important to you? If so press on. I am with you on this concept - dedicating myself to healthy eating and weight loss is new for me. I am trying - I am learning - I am not giving up! Thanks for a great post - congrats on your loss and for staying in the gym against all odds. sounds pretty good to me!


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