The Day My Life Changed

August 29, 2010 changed my life.

Or more aptly put, its the day I took charge of my life.

It was an idyllic Saturday and I was headed to a bodybuilding camp put on by INBF Canada. There was nothing idyllic about me that morning; I was a bundle of nerves, excited about what I was going to learn, brimming with questions, and over the moon about meeting Dr. Joe in person. We had only been working together for 5 days, but I was already a huge fan.

I towered a good 6 inches above most of the other participants, even thought I was just wearing kitten heels. I was unsure, scared, and wondered what the heck I was doing in this room of disciplined, focused, and muscled people.

Breaks and lunch time made me feel better because I ate salads, chicken, and vegetables just like the super lean people. I wanted to be buff and super lean and if they embraced the Epic Salad, well then I would too.

I came away with 12 pages of notes on things I needed to learn, do, and become.

Inspired and overwhelmed was the dichotomy I felt leaving the venue that afternoon.

On the drive home, I took a turn that changed my life. Instead of going home and taking a nap, I drove to the nearest Starbucks, drank one of my last lattes, and made a plan.

A plan for success.

You get to choose.

Since August 30, 2010 I have chosen to get up early, plan my day, dream big, work hard, and see what is possible and then go after it with my whole heart.

A snippet from my journal the very next day.

Good morning! It’s 5 am and I’m up. Its the first day of the rest of my life. Got up, no snooze, and I made the bed. I am choosing focus, clarity, and momentum. Not only am I going to be a bodybuilder, I am going to be a Fabulousloree. Every single day I will get up at 5 am, work on my goals, and then start my day. I must learn the discipline of positive thinking. HAVE TO. Its time to dream, set goals, eat, train, and work like a champion. I am tired, but today it is the most fabulous feeling in the world.

And I chose to keep doing it until it happened without thinking too much about it. My muscles of discipline, positive thinking, and self esteem have grown to become lean and powerful.

I am going to throw a new perspective to the wall and see if it sticks.

We are all very committed and disciplined; its just the ‘to what’ that differs.

I used to be disciplined at:

  • Sleeping in
  • Negative self talk
  • Playing the victim
  • Jealousy
  • Comparing
  • Wishing
  • Contemplating
  • Putting off
  • Giving up when it got hard
  • Making up stories about myself and other people
  • Insecurity
  • Self loathing
  • See what isn’t

We think the world is just how it is and there is no changing it. If you change yourself, for better or worse, I promise you world will change accordingly.

Nothing ‘just happens‘.

Don’t wait until tomorrow to start living your full, amazing, and passionate life.

Life is a crock pot, not a microwave. What smells do you want to invade every nook and cranny of your life while it simmers to create your feast?

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  1. This is great! I want to think like this and change my ways to be healthier. Thanks for sharing!

    • You bet. So often we don’t think other people have arrived or just been given opportunities that we have not, but we have no idea the work and process they have gone through to get there or earn what they have.
      Do it! 🙂

  2. Fantastic post and very inspiring for me to read today – many thanks, Liz 🙂

  3. loved this!

  4. “Life is a crock pot, not a microwave. What smells do you want to invade every nook and cranny of your life while it simmers to create your feast?”

    What a great line, great perspective!!! Well said…

  5. Heck yeah! Well done for sticking with it and just doing it. That’s where so many people fail, by putting off their plans of attack.

  6. Life is a crock pot, not a microwave. I also love this line. Needs to be on a t-shirt!!

  7. Very inspirational! And it was in August of last year that I made a change as well and made my fitness a priority. Now that’s shifted again and it’s my overall health I want to impact. Go Team!

    P.S. Loving the hack squats from this week’s Fitmas challenge! Arghhhhh! 😉

  8. Love it Donloree!!
    It looks very similar to something I wrote in my diary a few weeks ago 🙂 Life is a journey and can be quite amazing if we focus on what is important and take it one day at a time. I love the feeling of waking up each morning and knowing that the previous day got me one whole day closer to accomplishing the dream! You go girl!! xx

  9. It’s so true that by exercising muscles, they grow stronger – mental muscles AND physical muscles. And soon those muscles are so strong, we don’t even have to think about the heavy lifting – we just DO it. Love this post and I’m so glad you chose to change for the positive. You’re an inspiration to so many!!

  10. This post made my day! I was feeling frustrated…time to keep on, keepin on:)

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