What We Can Learn From the Spurs Game

June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

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I live in San Antonio

And it’s been an exciting time out here

The Spurs made it to the finals

But then they lost to the Miami Heat

As a lot of people have been saying today

They just couldn’t take “the heat”

 

This year watching the game was especially exciting for me

Because it was the first time EVER since I’ve lived in San Antonio

That I could physically go watch the game with other people

It’s not that I’m all that into basketball to be honest

I’ve never been much into sports

But that has changed since I’ve been living out here the last 7 years

Because it’s always fun to watch the Spurs play

And be involved in the excitement of living in San Antonio

Where a winning team is playing

But there is something about watching a game with other people

It is being a part of a group that is cheering for a common cause

And it’s a lot of fun

But not when you can’t fit in a chair or a stool

To enjoy the fun with friends

I’ve been invited numerous times to go watch the game with people

But I just could never do it before

That all changed this year

I probably went out 3 or 4 times the past few weeks to watch the game with friends

And to be honest—the fact that I can actually do that now

Is an incredible thing for me

I can walk in….sit down…fit anywhere

One place we went was so packed that we had to cram past people

And squeeze into the last available table

SQUEEZE in….

Things you don’t do at 417 pounds

And for me that was a really fun experience

I’ve met so many people lately

Had so many great conversations

I’m out in the world again

And it’s surreal

This is what it’s like to live your life

To get out there…and just LIVE IT

Not to be locked up and imprisoned in your body

Unable to go anywhere or do anything

I live in a great city and I can finally take advantage of it

I can go to a game if I want to

Or go somewhere and watch the game

I can go down to the Riverwalk

I can take my kids to Fiesta Texas and Sea World

I’m mobile…..I’m not living my life from a recliner anymore

And you know what??

It’s really amazing

 

But last night the Spurs lost the game

And so many times in life, we view it all as the end game

The score

Who won and who lost

And that’s it

We forget everything in between

How many times last night did the Spurs make a shot?

Did they make a good play?

Because the game was not a blow out

They didn’t get completely smoked by the Miami Heat

They hung in there

And at various times—the game could have gone either way

I watched every game they played

And I was impressed along the way by their efforts

Many would say that because they didn’t win—that’s it

Right??

LOSER….that’s all they see now

But I have learned to look at life in a different way

Not looking at just the end score

The winning or losing

But rather viewing life

As everything in between

Because that’s where life really happens

In the In-Between

 

When I tried to lose weight in the past

I would work out

I would eat everything “right”

But I’d step on the scale and it would say the same thing

No weight loss

Or worse….I gained a pound

And all I saw was that number

All I saw was the end game

I didn’t consider the work I had put in all week

The workouts I had accomplished

The days I stuck to my food plan

No–I only saw that number on the scale at the end of the week

And I let THAT define me

If that number didn’t show me I had made progress

I would decide all was lost

And I’d quit

I’d give up

And I’d go right back to Twinkies and Pizza

Because what’s the point, right???

I worked my butt off and I lost the game

The scale told me so

Like someone waiting for their score

And finding out it’s not enough to win the game

 

What do you think the Spurs will do now?

Will they quit?

Will they disband the team?

Will they just give up?

Or will they show up again next season and play again?

I think we all know the answer to that question!

In sports, you win some and you lose some

And you have to learn that lesson from the start

You have to remember what happened during the in-between parts of the game

Maybe you analyze them when it’s all over

And find areas where you could have done better or improved

But then you do more than that

You look at where things went ‘right’

Because you want to remember those things too

And hold onto them

 

Life is rarely so black and white

Games are rarely so cut and dry

And weight loss is the same way

It’s not an end game

It’s not a score at the end of each week

It’s not a grade from the scale telling you

You won or you lost

Weight loss is a journey

A journey made of twists and turns

Ups and downs

There will be big wins

Where you drop 10 pounds and fly high for awhile

Soaring above all your insecurities

Positive that you’ve got it all under control now

Knowing for sure that you’ve hit your stride

And now all you have to do is ride the wave

Straight down the scale to victory!

 

But then there are other times

Plateaus

Stalls

An injury perhaps that keeps you from working out

An emotional roadblock that trips you up

And that’s when the score board doesn’t give you what you want

Like the game last night

You’re running up and down the court

But the other team just keeps scoring

And you can see the writing on the wall

You’re not going to win this one

 

So what do you do?

Do you give up and go back to brownies and pizza?

Or do you just keep moving forward?

There is only one answer to that question

If what you’re really after is victory

Because victory is not attained in one game

It’s not about one championship

Victory is defined as “the ultimate and decisive superiority in any battle or contest”

But in weight loss victory will not be attained by winning or losing ONE battle

Our enemy will NOT be defeated in one game

In one week’s “score” from the scale

Whether you ate off your food plan THIS week

Because it’s never about just THIS week

THIS battle

THIS game

Victory in weight loss is achieved over TIME

TIME
TIME
TIME

It can’t be said any plainer than that

Because it will take time

It will take many battles

Some won and some lost

There will be total blow outs

And there will be close calls

Where you almost had it

But the truth is this

We must see our victory as the ultimate superiority over this issue

Over the struggle

The struggle that takes place every time we open that refrigerator and think

Hmmmmm……should I???

Every time we drive a little too close to a McDonalds and hope we don’t give in

The Spurs didn’t get to the finals by playing only one game

They had to earn their spot

And so will we

By playing each and every game with everything we’ve got

Winning some

Losing some

But seeing them as links in a chain

As pieces of a puzzle

As stairs on the way to victory

And when you lose

Recognize more than the score

See what you did right

Give credit where credit is due

So you ate a bag of chips

But you still walked…right??

That counts

See it in the big picture

And when you lose the game

Learn something

And move on

Go back into training and come back next season stronger

Because even if you lose the battle

You can never lose the war

UNLESS YOU DON’T SHOW UP TO THE GAME

So don’t put yourself on the bench

Don’t go back to the sidelines

You deserve to play in this game

You earned your spot by walking up to the starting line

And saying “I’ll give this my best shot”

The Spurs lost last night

But I know one thing

They’ll be back

And no matter where you are in your weight loss journey

You can know that the same battle will be waiting for you

All you have to do is lace up your shoes

And be willing to play

Take the shot

Because you’ll get there

YOU WILL

We all will

If we don’t give up

If we don’t give in

That’s how we attain victory

 

 

 

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Losing The Rolls June 24, 2013 at 5:24 am

Great comparison Holly. I’m so inspired by how well you have done and continue to do with your weight loss. I’m also so happy for you and glad that you are enjoying yourself. Going out and doing things with your kids or new friends and just living life. That’s awesome and you’re awesome! I have to go down the long road now and as long as I don’t give up, I will take the wins and losses along the way.
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Pam June 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Love the comparison. Even when we DON”T lose on that scale, we need to keep going. I’m sure the Spurs will be back stronger and even better and they are definitely NOT losers!
Even in my third year of maintenance, I refuse to quit feeling amazed when I can sit comfortably in a stadium seat, as I did this weekend at a Kansas City Royals game. I left at one point (to get some nachos for hubby–I didn’t eat a single chip!) and had to walk in front of people, squeezing my way down the row of seats. It felt good to know I could do it! The next morning at the breakfast buffet at the hotel, the tables were close together and I had to squeeze through some tight spots a few times, but once again I COULD DO IT! And the simple reality of being able to fit into a normal-sized world is so incredible, I hope I never lose this wonderful feeling of amazement!
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Paula June 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Wonderful analogy. If I compared my life to the Spurs, I would have sold the team 3 different times. (after losing 100 pounds 3 different times only to gain it back.) I am struggling.. not going to sugar coat it.. ugh.. stopping sugar..

Thanks for your constant encouragement.

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Amber June 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Love the SPURS! Go SPURS GO! Can’t wait to live in San Antonio and go to the games. In the meantime, no they aren’t going to quit and they had an amazing season! Great analogy 🙂

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Linda June 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

What a great post Holly!! You seriously ROCK!! When I hear about your feelings of freedom now, in going out and enjoying life makes me feel so happy for you and those of us who can do it too! 🙂
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Jane t. June 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

This is such a great perspective…I will remember this, thanks!

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sunnydayz June 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

So inspiring!
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Shay June 26, 2013 at 3:50 am

I really like the direction your mind went in this post–I loved the comparison!
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