Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"I think I can, I think i can!"

Good Evening dear friends.
It's been a while. 
I promise I have an excuse,
A few of them actually.

November 22 - My dear sister got married (So clearly the days previous as well as the day of were insane.)
November 24 - Happy Thanksgiving... I am SORRY but I was off spending time with my family... you know - the loved ones. So Happy turkey day! Hope you all had as much to be grateful for as I do. As hard as life can be at times, we are all very very blessed.
Next, {Insert work here, there was a lot of it}

I've just been busy. 
Oh... I failed to mention my parents.
Yes, I love them.
I really do.
But when they fly out to Hawaii the Sunday after dear sisters wedding, and leave 3 siblings for me to care for...You start to go insane.

So basically...I am exhausted.
But weigh in day is tomorrow, and I think I am at least down a pound. Woot!
This journey gets more and more intense every week.
I feel like "the little engine that could."
Your mom ever read that to you?...
Here's a clip to explain what I mean.
(Man, everything was better in the 60's)

Moral of the story is... No matter how difficult a situation gets... Don't quit.
Keep telling yourself you CAN... and you WILL.
And then all at once you'll be standing at the top of that mountain, and - like the little Engine - you will be saying, "I THOUGHT I could!"



PS.. Coming soon, "Confession Session," and "How I survived the Holiday"

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Just a Jot... Or a Thought.

Sometimes all you need is someone to believe in you... even when you don't think you can believe in yourself. I am grateful for the people who support me... the ones who are there to encourage me, even when I'm not sure if I am cut out for the tasks that lie ahead of me.

Whether it be this weight-loss journey, or serving a full-time mission for my church... Both tasks have seemed very daunting to me at times, even now... I am grateful for all the support and love that keeps me going. It's good for me to think that I am not just doing these things for me. There is a greater purpose, a method to all the madness that I am grateful I am realizing now.

Decisions determine destiny.

I am grateful for the decision I made those few weeks ago to start this journey, because look at how far I have come!

I love you all!

Syd Tittle

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ready... Set... ACTION!

If you're a new reader, you probably don't know much about my word of the year.
A year ago in a communications class I was taking, we spoke about new years resolutions. My teacher spoke about choosing a specific word every year, and making it her "Theme" for the year as it were. 
I was inspired. Immediately, I began brainstorming the word which application was needed most in my life. 

After some time, I decided on a word and quickly began to implement it's definition in my day with the new year. And so the journey - in a way - began.


the process or state of acting or of being active
something done or performed; act; deed.
an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity: a crisis that demands action instead of debate; hoping for constructive action by the landlord.
actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct: He is responsible for his actions.
energetic activity: a man of action.

This is another secret to my success that I want to share with you today:
Have an attitude of action!

wake up EVERY day with the idea in your mind that today you will go out and do something good. Whether it be an act of service, or a brisk walk around the block.

"If you want to do it, all you have to do is DO IT!"

And THERE you go.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thoughts on success and happiness

"Success doesn't bring happiness. Happiness brings success."
So often we look to the future with a "grass is always greener on the other side" type of attitude. At least I know I used to do that. But that is what is so great about this whole journey for me. I am FINALLY learning what it takes to find true success and happiness.

It feels like just yesterday I was letting those ideas creep into my mind:
-Once I get married, I will be happy.
-Once I finish college, I will be truly happy.
-As long as I pass this test, I will be a happy camper.
-Once I lose 30 pounds I will be happy.

If you are smiling right now, its probably because you can almost hear yourself saying something along these lines. So much of our lives, especially as women is focused on trying to be as "perfect" as possible. Perfect being a relative term, for who even knows what the REAL definition of it is. 

I have been approached by a few dear friends of mine who double as lovely blog readers. Both have questioned about my secrets of success. They inquired about how I keep going, how I stay motivated. In all honesty... that is a good question. A question that I have been pondering about for some time now. 

Here's the short answer. The one that I've found it all boils down to:

The secret to my success is staying positive. Its about not worrying so much about my success but focusing first (like in the quote I began with) on being happy and optimistic. There have been a few weeks where I have been so inwardly focused. And those were the weeks where I did not find much success at all.

So step 1 that I will share with you today is:

-Stay Happy and Optimistic, It doesn't matter what happened yesterday or even 10 minutes ago. It's all about what you choose to do with your time right NOW.

I've said it before and I will say it again.

The time for change is Always, Always, ALWAYS right NOW. It wasn't this morning, it isn't last week. It is right now. Motivation is something that needs to be RE-APPLIED every single day of our lives. 

A funny quote that supports this is one that I got from a dear friend (and "adopted brother"'s) facebook page.

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." Zig Ziglar

And there you go. 

More secrets to success will come in weeks following.

Keep up the good work!

Guess what?... I am the proud owner of a Planet Fitness Gym pass! This will be great for me to have in the cold winter months in Salt Lake City! I am very excited, my first gym pass EVER.

Don't I look FANTASTIC in the morning?


As always, I thank you for your continued love and support, you all help keep me re-focused and motivated every single day! 
I love and appreciate you!

If you have any questions at all feel free to comment! Eventually I will set up an email address specifically for this blog. I would love to address any questions, ideas or concerns in future posts.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thoughts on The Gym

The woman is hilarious.
This is definitely an ab work out.

Friday, November 4, 2011


I am tired, but I can't sleep.
Most times when I feel down, all I want to do is eat.
I wonder where this came from, this "addiction" to using food to cope with all the negative feelings I have.
All I know is that tonight I am going to go to bed,
and I am not going to eat.

As much as I want to go upstairs and grab a huge bowl of the sugariest cereal I can find,
and as much as my second choice would be to lay out here on the couch, and like I have done for years, watch a movie until I fall asleep... I am not going to.

Because for once in my life I am truly determined about something.
Determined about taking steps forward, not so many backwards.
Determined about somehow taking control of myself.
So tonight I am going to go back to bed
and coach myself to sleep.
I may have taken a few steps backwards this week, but I can be proud of myself for taking a step forward tonight.

Remember, the time for change is always, always, always right now.

love you all.