Tuesday, April 24, 2012


When I was training for my first half marathon (at over 200 lbs), all I did during my runs was visualize myself running across that finish line.  Running is hard.  weather you're "built like a runner" or not, it's hard.  And it's painful, and most of the time (for me at least) I wanted to quit.

I remember many times, especially on my long runs, I'd visualize myself crossing the finish line at least 7 or 8 times during a run.  Guess what, it worked!  It kept me motivated.  The feeling I got when I pictured myself doing crossing the finish line, made me work hard enough so that I eventually could cross that finish line.

Currently, there are no races in my immediate future.  Four halfies were enough to tide me over...for now.  But as you know, there is another goal I'm working on.

I'm in the process of losing 46 pounds.

Today isn't weigh in, but I'm hoping that by Friday (weigh in day) I'm hoping to see that I've lost 15 pounds since starting WW and seriously working out with a trainer (about 9-10 weeks ago).

So, what does this have to do with visualization?  Well, there is a former MMA Fighter out there whom I've admired for a long time.  Gina Carano.  I absolutely love her!  And she is what I'd like to look like.  You'd be proud because I didn't pick a skinny mini, with no ass, who is 5 foot nothin'.  Because that is not me.  I'm 5"8 and have been blessed with curves.  Why would I try to look like someone I'm not?  Instead of picking the typical Hollywood Starlet as my goal to look like, instead I picked someone like me.  Someone who is built like me, has the same stature, and the same height.  Her Wikipedia says she's 143.  My goal?  145.  How perfect!

When I feel like giving up.  Feel like it's impossible.  Feel like a Hot Fudge Sundae would be better than boot camp.  I just picutre her.  This is what I'll look like once I reach goal!

Visualization is a powerful tool - no matter what your goal is.  I encourage you to utilize it!

She's on the left.

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