1 YEAR Transformation – ASK me how!
Here is my story:
I struggled with my weight my entire life which means that I have essentially been dieting for almost 30 years (since I was about 12.) I have tried almost everything out there from the grapefruit diet, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Ketogenic, protein shakes, Nutrisystem, Diet clinics (that cost a fortune!), and the list goes on and on.
I am not sure exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the way, I developed a sense of failure before even beginning the next program. My mindset was already set to fail at the latest “new” fad for weight loss, yet I kept trying them. I think instinctively we all know that our health is of the utmost importance and we can’t quit trying or we will die. (Let’s be honest, if you are in the morbidly obese category, like I was, somedays you already feel mostly dead.)
A year and a half ago, I found myself at a crossroads. It was time to evaluate what my life looked like, sounded like, felt like, etc. To start myself off on a positive note, I asked the question, “What are you proud of?” As I laundry listed my successes, the weight goal kept nagging at me. I had completed and re-set more advanced goals in many areas of my life, but the goal of health eluded me. Every year (New Year’s), I would re-establish the resolution to get healthier! (In fact, I can’t think of any other goal that needed constant attention….but I kept failing at this…messing with my mental mojo…how I felt about myself. If you have ever been overweight even 10 pounds, you know what I’m talking about. We all want to feel our best as we define it!
I was working out (a lot) for the better part of five years and was still more than 100 pounds overweight…..what the heck? Exercise, exercise, exercise……calories in, calories out…..right? This should be full proof, no fail. We all know that one person in our lives that didn’t fail. This gave me hope as I stood at a crossroad looking for some direction in my life.
Bottom line: in order to fail, you have to quit….I was not going to quit.
I could not envision a future where I was still dealing with this health issue. It stings when you have a health issue that you can’t get under control because (as we all live) it permeates into every part of your life. When I think about the life I want to live, it includes healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit, healthy finances. This does NOT seem like an unreasonable goal.
I needed a 2018 solution to a 30 year problem….and I needed it right now. Time waits for NO ONE
Whenever you declare a goal, it is important to clarify WHY it is so important that you do this. You need to envision what this is going to do for you! Why now?
Everything that we do successfully in life, we are able to articulate why we did it.
Got a degree, why? To get a good job
Had kids, why? To have a family
Bought a car, why? To get to work
Invested in your roth…why? To retire
I knew my WHY…..I could not head any direction that I wanted to without getting healthy. I created a vision of what it would like, sound like, feel like to accomplish this goal.
I wanted a direction that included more zip lining, canoeing, more hiking, gardening, swimming, dressing up for a play, a cruise, flying to Iceland, etc. I wanted my children and my family to be able to count on me, rather than end up taking care of me. These would all be difficult to achieve without making the “no fail” choice to get my physical health in order first!
WHAT LIFE IS LIKE NOW
Wow! I am not even sure where to start with this question I posed. I have so many scale and non scale victories that I will share just a few.
- I am 130 pounds lighter. (Size 24 to size 8)
- I can climb a ladder to hang the Christmas lights at my parents house.
- I no longer keep a change of clothes in my car (you never know when you might get stranded….not too many people have clothes lying around that would fit my former self.)
- I can ride in anyone’s car and am not worried about taking up too much space.
- The theme park is an option and so is zip-lining.
- I went ice skating for the first time in 25 years and loved it!
- On my worst day, I still feel better than I did on my best day a year and half ago.
I feel confident that I can do anything without worry about whether or not I will be sore in the morning, the zip line will hold, the dress and/or swimsuit will look ok and whether or not I can afford to take a vacation. (I’m pretty sure I could take our previous Kwik Trip tab and pay for plane tickets!)
I want everyone who reads this to know that healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit, healthy finances is possible for you too! We all know that one person that got their “stuff” together….let that be you!
HEALTH and LIFESTYLE COACH