INSPIRE Series: A Glorious Place of Loss. (by Samantha Schultz)

Back in January, I decided to live an inspired life. Encouraging others through simple lifestyle changes, I embarked on a journey that has led me to a glorious place of loss. And I couldn't be happier about it.
It's a matter of wills. It's mind over matter. It's choosing the really hard choices because I deserve it. And it's making it a lifestyle. Because it can never be temporary. Once we come to terms that healthy living is not just a "right now" thing, it's easier and becomes habit. I won't always make the healthy choice, but I will always try to make the "right" choice nine times out of ten. It's a ridiculously hard mental game that requires effort, concentration and determination every step of the way.
But at almost thirteen weeks later, I'm realizing this.
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And clinging to that for life. By the time another three months go by, summer will be starting and I don't want to be left behind. I don't want to have another year where I feel self-conscious or worry about what other people think or what I'm going to wear that day. I'm determined to make it different. And at this rate, I believe I can do it.
By the Numbers:
The weight loss wasn't huge this month, but it's why I opted for the picture I did. I'm focusing on how I feel and how clothes fit.
Since February 9th: 7 lbs
Since December 9th: 26 lbs
Overall: 45 lbs
Lost another pants size
These are the biggest pants I ever wore. I took the picture and then I stored them away, just as a reminder. I cleared my closet of THREE huge bags of clothes this month. NEVER GOING BACK THERE!
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Monthly Victories
Ran over 80 miles
Continued to train on the weekends and finished #pushupsforpaczkis and started #burpeesforbrownies
No pop since December 8th
Ran an "official" 5k and finished in a time of 38:34 (12:25 pace) - despite HORRENDOUS weather (hello, snow, sleet, and freezing cold)
This is down over 8 minutes from my time in about 4 years ago!
And my favorite victory? I lost almost an entire Charlie.
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I can't talk enough about how this is radically changing my life. If you're not dead, it's not too late.
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How are you inspiring others?






About the author: 







Samantha Schultz is a mom of two boys married to her high school sweetheart. She's a jill-of-all-trades and loves finding the beautiful in the ordinary and drinking her coffee with whipped cream and chocolate.




5 comments:

  1. You look great, and 80 miles? Holy cow that is amazing!!!

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  2. WOW! Amazing disciple! You should be proud!

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  3. What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. 45 pounds...wow!! great job!

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