Saturday, September 19, 2009

I think I can…I KNOW I can! You are your greatest Encourager

Well first of all, I would like to apologize for not posting last night as promised, but after the workout I was “dog tired”. Shhhhh…don’t tell anybody, but I fell asleep in my clothes and got up at 3am to get a shower.….
Prepare yourself. I think this is going to be a long one. Please do what you must before reading, for all of you that know me already know I want your undivided attention.
Last night, was a real eye opener for me. First of all, I walked in the clinic about 10 minutes late due to a small mishap. When I walked in, the group was discussing how discouraging your inner circle of family and friends can be when making lifestyle changes. I reflected on some of the negatives comments I received, which surprisingly at the moment are not very many or maybe I just conditioned my ears not to hear unconstructive criticism. By far, most of my comments have been those of encouragement.
When I started this journey, I had the word SUCCESS at the forefront of mind, so I am destined to succeed. I am armed and covered. I live and breathe, Phil. 4:13; I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Maybe, because I was born on 4:13.)
One of my favorite reads, besides the Bible, is The Oz Principle. It’s very easy to fall into the “victim cycle” when things don’t go our way. This book reminds me that I am where I am not because of anyone else other than ME, MYSELF, and I. I made bad choices of eating the wrong foods and not exercising. I SEE my problem, I have taken OWNership of it, I plan to SOLVE it, and now it’s up to me to DO it.
I have taken the positive definition of ACCOUNTIBILITY, as my former Regional Director affectionately called, the Big A, and applied it to this journey as well as my everyday life. The definition is , “ACCOUNTABILITY is a personal choice to rise above one’s circumstances and demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving desired results – to See It, Own It, Solve It, and Do It.®” That is just so beautiful, some words to live by.
Now the eye opener…..
I took a long hard look around me last night. I looked at the physical trainers - God provided them with all the skills and tools I need to succeed. I looked at all the ladies in the class - God provided them with the compassion to support me when I want to give up. I then thought about my doctor- God provided him with the knowledge to direct me in the path of these “miracle workers”. With all these people God has working for my good, had I not made a PERSONAL CHOICE to do this, everybody’s time and effort would be in vain.
You must be your biggest fan, believer, supporter and encourager. You have to know you can do it.
At one time, when I looked in the mirror I did not like the outer me. I have learned to love myself from the inside out. If you love from the inside out, you will automatically provide the inside with the proper nourishment and in due time it will start reflecting on the outside.


  1. Hi Shannon, Lady T forwarded your sit to me. As I read it you r so correct in the situations. We r so responsible for our own faith. For what we have become. We have become comfortable with Existing & not Living our lives to the fullest. I too have decided to make some life changes, its hard but you have to stay focused on the big picture. To be around for your family & friend. Keep up the good work!!!!

  2. All the best wishes for your success. I believe that you have the fortitude to reach your goals and I'm cheering for you all the way. Kathy M

  3. I am so proud of you. You are taking control of your weight and therefore your life. The scripture you have chosen is great. You know who is in charge and you walking with God as guide. I wish you the greates success.:-)
    Irene D

  4. Way to go, Shannon! You're really making progress and it shows; you're looking great and I know you feel better, too. Keep the faith! Kathy M