My 2010 New Year's Resolution is to weigh less than 200 lbs by January 1, 2010!
I just got back from Keller Williams Mega Camp in Austin, Texas where there were some amazing and inspirational sessions featuring Liz Murray, a young lady who went from homeless on the street and subways of New York City to graduate from Harvard University and Nick Vujicic, a man who has excelled in living a great life, despite being born without arms and legs!
Both of these very heart-felt and motivating people were there to eliminate my excuses and limiting beliefs.
First, a bit of background. I just turned 51 a couple of months ago. At 43, I had an angioplasty as one of my arteries was completely blocked. (They thought that they were going to have to do bypass surgury but wanted to try angio first and I got lucky.) Despite that luck and having a wonderful family to love and support, I have watched the numbers on the scale climb over the years, finally hitting 230.4 lbs as of Monday morning.
One particular thing that Liz Murray said struck a very loud and clear note with me. She described having to get up before the break of dawn and having to carefully crawl across the bodies of drunk and drugged friends to get out the door to go to school. She talked about the decision you have to make when your hand hits the doorknob and you either open the door and move forward or succumb to what's easy and go back and lie down on the floor.
When she described this I saw my hand, but it wasn't on a regular doorknob. It was on the refrigerator door. Contrary to Liz's challenge, it's a door that I have been opening far too often. I've been making the easy choice - the comfortable choice.
Thanks Liz, for sharing your courage and committment with me.
I have 120 days to drop 30.4 pounds. I am posting my progress on my Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter each day for accountability.
Thanks Liz. I believe that you have changed my life. Nothing could impact my life in a more positive way than losing this excess weight. Your story shamed me into losing my excuses.
Check out a couple of minutes of Liz Murray's message at: