The marketing guru in me knows that posting a blog on a Saturday morning is going to end up being more for me and not many readers. Everyone is off doing weekend things or thawing their asses off in the heat because it’s cold up here in Philadelphia and Bucks County PA but I don’t care.. We have something to lift our protein shakers to and celebrate… Today marks the official 4 year anniversary of this blog… So if you haven’t been with me from the start, let me post a few links for you and help you out with a quick refresher. Don’t feel bad, I didn’t think I’d be here for 4 years later either….
The First Day of Change – January 6, 2014
How I got here and why.. January 29, 2015
The recap after year one – January 6, 2015
Reading back through all my old blogs over the last few days has taken me on a nostalgic trip and brought up a lot of feelings good and bad.
I took photos of this beautiful young lady who had hit a fitness goal a few years ago, she was way to young to be struggling with her weight and I think it was mostly being 21 and the late nights, dates, drinking etc….. then after the goal she put a lot of weight on and I could tell her posts changed… and then I lost track of her for a little while when I separated my photography studio Instagram and made a new one. We recently reconnected from mutual tags on photos and her reply to a friend of hers on one of her photos really has become a reflection point for me this week and into 2018. A friend of hers wrote something along the lines of “I wish I had your motivation”. So many people think it’s posting 1000 memes about how strong you are and want to be…. But her reply was rather simple and 1000% the truth after I thought about it for a few days…. “I’ve always had motivation, that doesn’t get you as far as commitment does”
Motivation for me has always been there. I think I’ve told this story before….. It was 2 days before I was supposed to start high school and back then for the first year you could wear corduroy pants. I remember my dad calling my mom at the shore upset cause he couldn’t find any in a size 40. So it’s always stuck with me that I was a size 40 jeans on my first day of high school. 2 years ago the store I get my Nautica jeans at was having a buy 1 get 1 half so I bought the 42’s I was slowly getting into and then said fuck it, I am going to buy the 40’s too. Those have always been my motivation. Get my ass into those jeans. I was almost there this summer before my hernia surgery. What I didn’t have during the surgery and recovery was the commitment to stay on track as I ate and drank whatever I wanted full knowing that it would be that much harder to get back to where I was. So motivation can get you started… you want to wear that slinky gold dress to you high school reunion, you don’t want to be a sloppy fat ass anymore….. etc… It’s commitment that keeps you going…
So here I am 4 years later.. Still going. Still motivated. Still committed. Still trying. Still rising. Still falling. Still trying to get to that magical place in my head that will bring me the ultimate happiness.
THANK YOU for being here. My support team is the best.
This week has been a good one for sure. If you read last weeks blog I laid out my goals for 2018. I’ll list them real quick in case you don’t want to go hunting for it. These are in no certain order.
- Travel to 2 places that I have never been to.
- get stronger, lean my body out and lose 50lbs in 2018
- find a job that makes me happy
- look and FEEL the best that I can at Brandon (my son’s) wedding a year from yesterday!
- Get back in the helicopter and soar about Wildwood
That’s the gist of it. So since you know that the magic number for 2018 is 50. If you follow me on Twitter, Snapchat (yes, I turned it back on due to popular demand) and Instagram, if you see me post 44 to go…. That’s your inside cue and whats left to get to my goal so btw…. 44 to go! Told you it’s been a good reset for me.
I have a whole new strength program from coach to put into effect come Monday. I am excited. My water intake and food has been perfect this week. Right on point, no cheating. I am also not going to drink for as long as I can hold off. Hopefully till my birthday in February.
Oh and NYE was of the hook for me on stage. I felt great. I looked okay and just let myself have fun.
I have to get to gym. I am looking forward to my rest day tomorrow, holy mackerel. My body needs a break and going to the Flyers game for Amber’s Birthday. Going to be interesting not eating or drinking anything there for sure. But there is that commitment word again… see how it’s always floating around….
Thank you for reading. Thank you for being here.
So damn proud of you!!!!!
Thanks for the post Franco! I’ve been in a funk and can’t seem to dig out. You always motivate me when i read your posts and blog!