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Vision Statement

Thursday, January 03, 2013

For my new 'team' workouts at work we had to write a vison statement...wanted to share mine:

I’m looking to regain my life and make positives steps in doing so. I’ve done this once, but lost my focus and had poor support system. Now that I’ve ditched the poor support system I can focus more on my goals.

My toughest things to overcome will be finding time when spending time with my daughter. I need to set better bedtimes on the weekend, so that I can get up and get any amount of exercise in when she’s with me. I also need to find some active activities for us to do together; this will be tricky.

I need to remember that one setback does not define the day/week/month in my life. I’ve fallen backwards considerably, but it will only make me stronger in the long run. I used to use a “cheat” method that was successful, but as I pushed my limits more and more I felt that I could cheat more and more…this was counterproductive. I know that ANYTHING is fair game, but in moderation. I’m very good with portion control of my ‘good’ foods, but I need to gain better portion control of my ‘bad’ foods. I do know that there are no real “bad foods,” but merely foods that are higher fat, lower nutritional values; empty. I want to find foods that I like and that I can batch cook so I can spend more time doing other things. I lead a hectic life (yes, we all do), but I’m better if things are ‘grab and go.’

I want, need, an active partner in my life. Someone who will help hold me accountable and push me to greater things…rather than try to sabotage me or hold me down. I need someone who’s there to help me prep food, chop things; enjoy working out and living active. I will NOT settle for someone who will not be my support. I want to grow old with someone who will want to be active well into retirement, God willing. We don’t have to have to do the same things, but need a couple things that will bond us. This person needs their own hobbies and interest away from the house; each other. I want to live my life for someone, not need them to define mine.

I need to get back on this healthy lifestyle to set a good example for my daughter and potential, hopefully, grandchildren. I want to be the guy that can wrestle on the floor and walk all day at an amusement park. I’d LOVE to have training partners and pass on my wisdom that I’ve learned over the years of running and biking. They’d not have to share my passion for long distances, but just a ride around the block or a stroll would suffice. I know that when I was healthier, smaller, I had more self confidence, felt better, looked better and people like you better. I know that being heavy is looked down on in our society, but most people have no clue of how/why someone is heavy. They just look at ‘fatty’ in the corner stuffing food into his/her mouth and treat them poorly. This affects every aspect of a heavy person’s life. I’ve lived it; seen it.

I’ve also seen how hiding your goals can affect your outcome. Making people aware of your intentions and goals helps to keep you on track. Your friends may just search our a better restaurant for you if they know you’re trying to watch or coworkers may not buy you a ‘Friday doughnut.’ It truly is the small things that add up to big results. I need to remember what has made me successful in the past and what can again.

I need to put an emphasis back on sleep! Sleep depravation causes all types of issues related to weight. I know this, but still get inadequate amounts of sleep. There are various issues that I cannot control for some night, but Words With Friends isn’t one of them. I’m attempting to shut down the phone and computer a bit earlier and read before bed. I will focus on getting to bed earlier on nights when I don’t have my daughter because I can shut things down that much earlier on those nights.

Here is the plan; now work it!

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
Lance Armstrong
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    This is a Great Blog!!! You know what you want and need in your life to make all things fall into place. I wish you the best of luck. you Can Do It!!!!
    3001 days ago
    Great to have you back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Naki
    3049 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    Great bog and vision statement
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  • no profile photo CD2801676
    Bill - John said it really well!!!
    3050 days ago
    Bill, we did it once and we can do it again. You have a great plan here - time to get to work! We also have to remember that the pain of exercise and hard work is so much better than the pain of too much weight.
    3050 days ago
    Bill, as a person that has gone through it the past few years - You have the right attitude - it will not be easy but I know if I can do it you can. We know what we need to do and have the tools.

    getting rid of the negativity in our lives is hard but you feel so much better after doing it.

    If you need to talk I am here for you. I am have gained 30 pounds in the last 6 months - mainly because I am so happy with my new wife and we have been just having fun.. We are now going to get on the ball and get healthy together.

    I like you had no support at home before and I still did it. Good luck!!

    3051 days ago
    Bill you have always been such an inspiration to me! You will rock this and we are all here for you to offer support. I am also trying to get back to tracking and eating less of the empty calorie stuff. Let's keep each other accountable.


    3051 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    atta boy brother, kick this in the teeth and take control of your life, meanwhile know that we are here for you whatever you need! from day one you were an inspiration to me and you continue to be an inspiration, i wish i was more like you in so many ways.

    remember your journey is baby step, remember you "will" have setback but also remember it is how you handle those setback that will determine the outcome of this journey to a new lifestyle!

    put your life together 1 day at a time!!!
    3052 days ago
    You are, of course, invited to Lisi's wedding next December. I do not care how big or little you are. I love you inside out. But that being said, I know that you (and I) are much happier when we are living the Spark way.

    So, let's make a pact. Let's both get our crap back together and get ready to look FABULOUS for our December SparkShot! emoticon emoticon
    3052 days ago
    I agree with you, Bill - the bigger you are, the more people tend to overlook/look past you. Spent a LOT of time and worked through a LOT of anger issues with that one!

    Glad you're looking to re-focus your lifestyle & get back on track. It might be helpful if you and Lexi can make some meals together and portion them out before you eat - you end up with grab-and-go food, you'll be less tempted to have seconds, and you'll have spent some quality time with your best girl. :)

    You've done this before, and you can do it again - this time with an even better perspective on your challenges. I'm around for hiking, jogging and other things, just let me know when and where (and Lexi is always welcome)!

    3052 days ago
  • BAM0827
    I read your last three blogs and enjoyed each of them. It sounds like you're lifting the weight of the past off your shoulders getting ready to make a future that you want to have. A life you deserve for no other reason than you're Bill.

    I also promise not to send you any Words With Friends after 9:00 :)
    3052 days ago
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    I hear you about getting into the mindset that you can "cheat" more and more. This is always fine for me when I'm training/exercising a lot but I find it SO hard to scale back the indulgence when I'm exercising at a lower intensity. Good luck to you - and remember, if you don't have a strong support system at home, you ALWAYS have one here!!
    3052 days ago
    Bill, I disagree that people like you better if you are smaller. True friends like the Bill inside, regardless of the outside.

    I do agree with this "as I pushed my limits more and more I felt that I could cheat more and more…this was counterproductive." It happens to most of us as we up the exercise.

    Surrounding yourself with other that share active interests is key. I credit my small group of Saturday morning running friends with keeping me accountable. Peer pressure can be a good thing.

    Let Bob, Jan and I know when you want to get together for a ride, run or walk. And healthy snacks of course.
    3052 days ago
    Baby steps will still get you to the finish line! You don't have to leap....

    Knowing what you want is key to success- this is a great vision- from my own experience, it is hard to stay patient on this journey, especially on days when life just sucks- but, consistency does pay off!

    I think blogging regularily is a great tool as well!

    Happy New Year!
    3052 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Bravo, Bill! And in the words of Nike...JUST DO IT!!!

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  • no profile photo CD5123123
    Great blog Bill and great plan! You are always an inspiration! Never give up or compromise on what you want in life, you only get one life so live it the for yourself and no one else.
    3052 days ago
  • GIANNA345
    I'm proud of you, Bill! You're an inspiration. This is a great plan and a great blog. Do you have a Fitbit? You might find it motivating for days when you are having trouble getting started. I got one recently, and while I mostly get enough exercise anyway, I find that it makes me think about taking the stairs a little more often. If you have a Fitbit One, you can also use it to track your sleep. My daughter is a notoriously poor sleeper, and ever since she started using the Fitbit, she tracks her sleep every night and tries to do better. The fact that it automatically records your data is helpful too.

    I'm hoping this is the year that we both see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for your support!
    3052 days ago
    What a great blog post, Bill! For the last two years you've been a real inspiration for me, so I am very proud of you for detailing out your mission statement, complete with the good and the bad.
    3052 days ago
  • BRIAN36
    I really struggle with getting enough sleep as well. I get up at 4 to either teach or take classes at the gym (depending on the day) and have no plans on stopping that. Then I work 8 hours a day and teach a class right after work. I get home at 5 and want to spend time with my husband and daughter and still manage to clean and cook and all those other things. What I need to do is make an effort to get to bed before 10:30 or 11 at night. I can go like that for a couple weeks then I crash and burn for a day or two.

    You definitely deserve to find someone who will be an active and supportive partner in your life.
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