Just because I have a cool before and after photo doesn’t mean I’m perfect…

I’ve lost 200 pounds. I’ve run 100 miles.

I miss workouts/runs sometimes. I eat the wrong foods sometimes. I over eat sometimes.

I have no magic diet that will claim to solve all your health problems or suddenly take away your emotional eating cues. I’m not a superhero with a supernatural willpower to stay out of the kitchen or get out the door to workout. I don’t have a product that will melt away fat from your body…

My only secret to success is learning how to take the next step after I want to quit.

I started my fitness and health journey five and a half years ago. From day one, I struggled to get out my door to take a walk. From the first day, it took everything I had to eat less and stay out of the kitchen. Every day I had to fight the urge to overeat and/or to skip my walk for the day. Every single day I choose to make the right decision is a day I “won”. Every single day I made the wrong decision, I allowed myself to feel the disappointment of moving away from my goals and counted the day as a “loss”. I started with more losses than wins. Slowly I got a little better at winning until I was winning more days in a week than I was losing. I slowly worked to winning multiple days in a row until I was only missing one day a week on a regular basis.

I found my biggest success weeks came after winning seven days in a row. I worked toward eight and then nine. Once I found the joy in winning the day over and over again, it was easier for me to walk away from the kitchen and out my door. I would go on streaks and I loved the feeling of winning ten, eleven, twelve days in a row. Then I would mess up a day and have to start over…

I learned a couple important lessons through this process though.

  1. It feels good to win.
  2. I felt better when I was on a winning streak.
  3. It’s easier to make a good decision when you have a positive streak going.
  4. It sucks to have to start over…
  5. Every time I started over I lost momentum and losing wasn’t fun for me.

Right now, my life is going in eight different ways. I am still “off” from running Leadville and so my running routine is sporadic. I haven’t cross trained in months. I have a million things on my mind. I am overwhelmed with tasks. I had a crazy day at the office today… Oh yeah, and I haven’t left my kitchen in a week…

Why am I telling you this?

Because I’m so far from perfect and I want to be clear, I still struggle with some of the same things I struggled with over five years ago. Just because you see great accomplishments doesn’t mean people are immune from the same issues you are having. I am human, just like the rest of you. Sometimes I over eat, make poor food choices, or miss workouts/runs… But when I do I chalk it up as a loss (for the day) and move on to tomorrow. I just choose not to give up on myself because today wasn’t “perfect”…

So next time you have a rough day and fall into your old habits and routines, know it is your choice whether you give up the rest of the day or the rest of the week or the rest of the month… or it’s your choice to recognize you are human and restart NOW rather than hoping and wishing someone will shake you up and make you change.

Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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