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January 22, 2014

“Unwritten”

As I was on my treadmill last night, a song came across my iPod that I hadn’t heard in quite a while.  I started listening to the words and felt myself inspired.  It’s Natasha Bedingfield’s song, “Unwritten”.  The song was released in November, 2004, so it’s nothing new. But the words of the song say it all.  To me the song is about writing your book on your life.  It’s about letting go, making mistakes, and growing from them.

There is a part where she sings the words, “I’m just beginning….The pen’s in my hand…Ending unplanned”.  For some the journey on their book has begun.  For others the journey is right around the corner.  We all have the pen in our hands to choose the chapters we want to write.  Maybe it’s about accomplishments , failed desires, achieving goals, or self struggles.  Still, you are the main character in your book.  The choice is yours.  The ending is unwritten and only you can write that chapter.  So think about this, if you had to write a book about yourself, what would the title be?  What would your chapters consist of? 

I am still writing my book and of course my title would be easy to guess…..Live To Win!  Live to win is about my journey through all my fears and learning how to turn my life around so I am a better person and can help others move forward.  Live To Win is about winning over the struggles in life.  It’s about releasing my inhibitions, letting go and living my life to the fullest.

Maybe it’s time for you to start your book…….. 

Here are the words to the song:

Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten

I am unwritten,
Can’t read my mind
I’m undefined
I’m just beginning
The pen’s in my hand
Ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your innovation

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten, yeah

Oh, oh

I break tradition
Sometimes my tries
Are outside the lines, oh yeah yeah
We’ve been conditioned
To not make mistakes
But I can’t live that way oh, oh

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
drench yourself in words unspoken
live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
the rest still unwritten

(Gospel)
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open *****
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open *****
Today is where your book begins

The rest is still unwritten

The rest is still unwritten

Just me :)

May 20, 2013

scale

(Me on Sunday mornings when I have my weigh-ins )

While I was running I started to think about how great it feels to see improvements!  I am not a fast runner…more a walker and jogger.  My times are slow but today I improved by a minute and a half.  It is so rewarding to see that after all the hard work I have been putting in, it’s finally starting to show.  I have a friend that reminds me it’s not about getting to the end, but about the journey on your way there.  How true that is!!  So many times we are in a rush to quickly reach a goal, and seldom do we take a moment to appreciate the baby steps it took us to get there.

I want to appreciate every step in this journey.  I am setting small goals for myself and celebrate when each goal is met. I am trying to drop weight and get in the best physical condition I can achieve.  I gained around 10 lbs after my back surgery a couple of years ago.  Before that I was around 20 pounds overweight.  So you can say I have a total of 30 pounds I would like to say good-bye to.  So far I am down 8 pounds and pat myself on the back for doing so 🙂 I am logging my food daily using livestrong.com “My Plate” calorie tracker (livestrong website). I have it set up as an app on my iPhone and iPad and I am trying to stay within a 1200 – 1500 calorie range: 1200 for the days I don’t train and 1500 for the times I do.  This seems to be working well for me and I will continue on this path until I hit a plateau.

This weight loss journey is going to be a memorable one.  On top of  logging in my workouts,  food and blogging  here on WordPress, I am keeping a journal.  I try and write daily about my day and my feelings.  I read that keeping a journal helps you to clarify your thoughts.  I have found that it is helping me stay focused on my goals.  I also write down the things I have to be grateful for, and notice that my mood is elevated by doing so.

Besides the challenge of  physically improving myself, I am also working on myself spiritually and emotionally.  I believe in God.  I was raised as a Catholic and attended parochial schools all the way through high school.  I drifted away from Catholicism and later in my adult years (and very recently) found a Baptist church I connected with.  Along with attending services, I have come across a wonderful app from YouVersion that I use daily.  Here is the website YouVersion.  This is an awesome site and app if you want to read the bible, devotionals, and other spiritual material.  They have several plans to choose from and the best part is it’s free!   I have chosen several plans to read from and make sure it’s the first thing I do every morning.  It’s a great way to start the day!

So that leaves me with the emotional  part.  Probably one of the hardest parts to deal with….trying to love myself.  It’s so easy to put ourselves down and I have mastered this action.  I mean, I know I am a good person and all, but with my weight gain my self confidence and self esteem have just taken a dive. However, my workouts are a  godsend!  I can actually feel my self confidence and self esteem starting to peak around the corner.  Not fully there, but I can finally see a light at the end of the long dark tunnel.  Not a bright one, rather dim, but I know I am headed in the right direction and it feels good 🙂

So with all that being said, I will exit by posting my workout for today below.  Hope everyone is having a blessed day!

Bright-Angel-Poster-700

This is an iFit workout, using the X9i treadmill.

Bright Angel Trail, Part 2

3 Miles  50:58  16:59/pace  (Slow workout due to injury)

Average HR: 128 bpm        Max. HR: 157 bpm

brightangeltrailpart2                      Google Grand Canyon

Picture above is my course outline.  Picture just below is how Google Maps gets their views of the hiking trails I am doing.  I wonder how much that thing weighs on his back?  I was able to complete this workout all in street view, with beautiful images of the Grand Canyon.