Day 7....There's no crying at the gym...

hey all,
well...back to the gym and boy does my *ss hurt. literally.
Tracy Anderson is receiving hate mail as we speak (not really)
but holy cow pat...Anybody know how to stretch the butt? My bottom dollar was aching before I hopped on Arnold.
I felt it the whole time.
My butt.
So, I love music. I like to listen to music off the radio while I work out.
Some dude must have been grooving on my wavelength today cause I got my five favorite inspirational songs in a row.
Including the song you hear right off the bat on my blog.
So I hear that song, and then I hear unwritten and then I hear
Higher by creed.
So, I am pumping away feeling really awesome. I am burning fat cells like a mofo.
Then there's the line that says...
So let's go there, lets go there Come on, lets go there Let's ask can we stay?
Up high I feel like I'm alive for the very first time. Set up high I'm strong enough to take these dreams And make them mine. Set up high I'm strong enough to take these dreams, And make them mine.

I nearly lost it right around- I feel like I'm alive for the very first time.
Because it's true.

I am not reacting, I am not just 'dealing', I am not settling. I am creating. I am being the person I want to be...not the person other people have told me I am. or even The person I used to tell myself I was. I am who I make myself. I control my life. I can be whoever I want to be....

So, there I am struggling not to cry. I'm like dontcrydontcrydontcrydontcry
But every once in a while it just hits me like a ton of bricks. I am doing IT.
The THING I was so certain I couldn't do....
What else can I do?
What can I achieve if I approach it with the same focus and determination I am applying here.
If I can do this....so can you.
I failed time and time and time again. There are many reasons I failed...but those failings didn't make me a failure.
They made me smarter. They gave me a compass. If I hadn't tried and failed, I wouldn't know now what does or does not work.
So, If you have failed. Learn whatever lesson the failure taught you and apply it. If you fail again, pick yourself up again...
as I read on one blog the other day...think it was Did I eat that out loud.....begin failing, instead of quitting.
Here's some facts:
A list of Abraham Lincoln’s Failures:
Lost job, 1832
Defeated for legislature, 1832
Failed in business, 1833
Elected to legislature, 1834
Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) died, 1835
Had nervous breakdown, 1836
Defeated for Speaker, 1838
Defeated for nomination for Congress, 1843
Elected to Congress, 1846
Lost renomination, 1848
Rejected for Land Officer, 1849
Defeated for Senate, 1854
Defeated for nomination for Vice-President, 1856
Again defeated for Senate, 1858
Elected President, 1860

Thomas A. Edison: Overcoming Failure
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”– Michael Jordan

Be the person you have dreamed of being...I am nearly halfway there.
It is the first step that is the hardest. Once you get some victories under your belt...you will feel stronger.

Here is one of my favorite quotes:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Teddy Roosevelt..
Dare greatly.


paulawannacracker said...

Man o Man---awesome post. So glad I stopped by totally made me feel good. Thanks for finishing with your favorite quote.

I always feel good after reading your blog. Glad you're feeling some pain... cuz that just means you're getting a great workout.

Amber said...

Great post Chris!
You can never success is rarely the first attempt at anything.

You are doing awsome! You are what's keeping me on my toes.
Just a little competitive. lol

Can't wait until we can go shopping for some "nice" fitting clothes.

Loved the last quote.


Frannie said...

"It is the first step that is the hardest. Once you get some victories under your belt...you will feel stronger."

I really needed to hear that today. Thanks.

Amber said...

You're a great friend, Chris.
Thank You!
I need all the umpfh, I can get right now.

Amber said...

ok, first comment I made...
change success to succeed.

Amber said...

never mind, ignore the comments.
my brain is fried
I had a thought in mind and obviously my fingers wrote something else.
you get the idea though
sorry, but hey now you have a lot of comments.

Foodie Girl said...

Such an inspiration. Thank you!

Heather said...

Great post! I love the quotes you chose.

Molly said...

You're doing so great! Congrats on all the weight lost.
- Molly

Christine said...

lol, amber If I was raising three kids, homeschooling two and doing all the things you do, I would count being up at 1030 at night an accomplishment...let alone stringing the words together to try to encourage a freind. I appreciate all of your encouragement and freindship...however it's written.

Hanlie said...

Absolutely! All our mistakes and failures of the past have equipped us to succeed. I really believe that.

Tara Stevens said...

awesome, gave me goose bumps :-)

as I say to myself every day, you only fail when you give up trying


266 said...

Awesome post, Chris! We just have to keep on getting up, no matter how many times we may fall down!!!

Retta said...

Thank you so much for sharing this... your post and especially your "favorite quote" from Teddy Roosevelt came at the perfect timing for me.

Miz said...

love it.

now Im off to the gym and hopefully NOT to shed a tear :)
have a great monday

Anonymous said...

This is another great post Chris. I can just hear you giving Tracy Anderson a piece of your mind right now. I hope you get over the pain today. Either way, it is all good.

South Beach Steve said...

I guess it would help if I would leave my name, huh? The previous comment is mine. :-)

Anonymous said...

I really need this today. I've messed up lately, not just with weight loss, but with other things. I need to let those things go and realize it's all making me stronger. I get teary at the gym, too, when I think about certain things. It's from having all that time to just think!

karen@fitnessjourney said...

What a great motivating post today! I'm so happy for you.

Melissa said...

Very motivating post. Thanks!

outdoor.mom said...

Your post is fabulous! I am also enjoying reading up on your old ones :-) Your blog rocks. Its fresh, honest and inspiring as is this post.

Well, about your *ss pain - just remember that it is going to be all the firmer!! Your husband will expecially appreciate that ;-)

Anonymous said...

Great post! I need to hear this!

Running for a Cause said...

Chris, WOW! You have such an amazing outlook on life. I really really enjoy reading your blog and wish I could provide the same kind of insight. Congratulations on your accomplishments.
I love the quotes, I put one of them on facebook.

Tammy said...

What an awesome post....i just wanted to pop over and say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the comment you left on my blog regarding Brittany. Thank you for opening up and telling me your story...I'm very touched by that...thank you for taking the time. You made my heart smile with your kindness. :)