Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fighting Those Demons

Not many people know this about me but I lost 30 lbs this year. I have 7 more lbs to reach a significant personal goal for me. Losing the weight means I have exercised the demons of depression that made me gain this weight when I moved to Germany three years ago. Soon I will leave Germany and venture to another country. I want to start with the attitude that I am ready to conquer the world. Isn't this how we should start everyday of our lives with a sense of feeling self-confident and powerful?

I think for many people it isn't the weight gain. Instead, it is that we have mistreated ourselves and when we do this we feel a sense of guilt and a lack of self-confidence. I hate this feeling. For me, losing 30 lbs isn't as significant as regaining my self-confidence and realizing I deserve to feel good about myself. I deserve to feel like I can conquer the world. I deserve to feel that I am putting my best self forward throughout the day.

How do we gain self confidence?

We learn to fight the demons in our heads. Will Smith explains this so well in this video which is so motivating. He talks about his inspiring work ethic and the secrets to a successful life- running and reading. Recently, I began training for a marathon with the suggestion of a friend I met from my PLN! It's a great way to keep the weight off and I find a great way to help me exercise the demons that try to weigh me down!

What has made you stop believing in your self worth? Let's fight those demons and the weight will take care of itself...


  1. Wow. Thank you for sharing such a personal story with us. Thank you also for sharing the video. Both of these make me want to go out and get at it this morning! It is raining, so what to do? I'll let my #temt group know later today. But thank you again. This post truly touched my heart.

  2. Shelly,
    Beautiful post! Wow, training for a marathon too! I love that you shared your story about self worth and how our beliefs impact the way we take care of ourselves and vice versa. The video clip is very inspirational;I'm so glad you included it. Thank you so much.I'm excited to hear about your new adventures.

  3. Thanks for sharing, Shelly! It's so true that self-confidence goes hand-in-hand with weight issues. I worked very hard to lose weight and become healthier and for my 45th birthday present to myself, I completed my first triathlon. Little, by little, I have slipped back into my old ways. I'm ready to jump back in and this #temp is just the motivation that I needed! Congratulations to you as you approach your personal goal and good luck with your marathon training!

  4. Shelly! How is this POSSIBLE? You have inspired me in so many ways this year and here is yet another... I've always loved, but had forgotten about that video. Thanks for sharing it, and your story. Like so much of what you do, it's right on time for me. Thank you.