(Editors Note: This is a long post - but please read it all...trust me.)
First of all - let's talk about listening to others. If you're competing in the W&D - you want to listen to WDW Today - because their Friday show is all about the race.
But aside from that.
I often have a hard time listening to criticism. Or even what I perceive as criticism. And so mgreene's comment yesterday struck me badly. Sure - I watched the video - and was quite inspired - and yet - the phrase "aiming for mediocrity" was what stuck out for me. And I was angry about this - all day pretty much. It colored the way I read EACH of your comments. I felt as if he was saying, and many of you were agreeing, that I am not serious about my goals or accomplishing them.
Now - before you stop reading - DON'T - especially you mgreene - let me explain something. I read and re-read all of your comments. Several times. And tried to put a "Disney" spin on things in my mind - tried to hear the magic - and love - and happiness in the posts. And I did hear it - and excitement - and more! And here's what I realized.
mgreene wouldn't post comments if he wasn't trying to be inspirational. I may not always like his wording, or the way it comes across, but he's trying his best to fire me up. Am I right?
I also realized that you guys thinking I'm not serious about weight loss - well - is understandable given my roller coaster over the last 10 months. Heck - the last two years. Especially if you go back and read some of my posts from summer 2008.
Now - keep listening.
And this is where the listening part comes in.
Listen to me.
I am 150% serious about my goals. And in case we forgot what they are - here's a recap in no particular order:
1) Losing at least 80 pounds over the course of the 9-12 months.
2) Competing in Disney Half Marathons and improving my performance.
3) Establishing a new PR in January.
4) Becoming part of the Disney Mom's Panel.
5) Being the best daddy and husband I can be.
There are more - but these are our relevant ones for this blog and this time (i.e. one week from a race).
Of course - telling you these things only goes so far. We need to SEE some progress right? Demonstrable progress.
So here's what we're going to do.
I'm going to take a picture of myself next Thursday morning before we board our plane for MCO. I'll post it either during the trip or on our return (as well as other pictures from the trip). And I'll take a similar picture the morning we leave in January. And you will see progress. And I will see progress. And we'll just keep on going.
Here's what I ask of you in the meantime. Keep believing. Keep reading. Keep commenting (yes, even you mgreene - and I expect a comment today, please). And when I have progress (and remember, progress is SLOW - it takes time) - even a LITTLE progress - cheer and crow as loud and proudly as you can.
You see - here's the difference between ME and the me that sometimes you think you see.
I. Will. Not. Give. Up.
How easy would it have been to close up the blog and slink away and just stay my same old self-destructive self? How easy would it have been to just spend my time not putting myself out there? So why do I do it?
Because I love it. And I love you guys. And when I stumble - I admit it. I don't hide it. And when I succeed - and I WILL succeed - I've done it before - I cheer louder than anyone.
So - now with that all being said - I'm going to try to bring a little Disney magic back into this blog on a daily basis. Try to re-energize everyone - and inspire as much change in the world as I can! Let's see what our five remaining days until we leave bring!!
MAIN STREET AWAITS!