In the interest of living this journey out loud…Yes, I made choices over a weekend, that impacted my weight (+2.9 lbs). Did I panic and quit? Nope! In the past I would have. I got back to the choices I know work and expecting it to take 2 weeks to lose those pounds (past thinking) it only took a few days and by the end of this week I’ve said goodbye to an extra few!
I hardly recognize the person in the photo on the left. I hadn’t looked too closely at that photo until today. It makes me sad to think that I looked and felt so poorly for so long. The differences between the two photos are more than just weight loss. In the first photo I felt hopeless thinking, “Why am I taking these photos anyway they are only going to be a reminder of how I failed at weight loss, yet again.” But now, looking at the photo on the right I wish I could go back and tell the girl in the photo on the left, “It’s going to be ok! It’s not going to be like every other failed attempt at weight loss! You are going to see changes that you have only dreamed of, in a time frame that will surprise you! You will sleep better, you won’t shy away from people anymore, and you will be so grateful for this gift and knowledge that you will want everyone to experience this feeling! You will be sharing your story and even this photo on social media because you will want to provide the hope and inspiration that others provided for you!” Had I been told these words the day that first photo was taken, I would have thought someone was totally out of their gourd! There was no way I was going to do any of those things…especially post that first photo on social media! Today is 2 months since I began this journey. I am now a COPE (Center for Obesity Prevention and Education) Certified Health Coach, I am helping others on their own health journey, and yes, I am sharing that first photo. I can also say that I will not miss any of the 25 pounds, that I’ve said goodbye to, because they carried more weight than they were worth.
Last night when Dale asked me to set an alarm for 5AM my first thought was, “Noooooooo! I’m not ready for spring work hours!” Well! I now see proof of how our energy has improved on this health journey. Dale was up 15 minutes before the alarm and I had no trouble getting up and going when it went off. We had coffee, ate breakfast and were out the door in no time.
28 days ago Dale decided to join me on this optimal health journey. He initially did it to get some weight off. He soon realized he was sleeping better, thinking clearer and had a lot more energy. He is constantly telling, anyone who asks, how great he feels and how he can’t believe these first 15 pounds disappeared with only good nutrition and NO exercise.
I am so excited for you, honey!!! Thank you for joining me on this journey! 💕
When I finally made the decision to dedicate 30 days to this journey, I asked Dale if he wanted to join me. His answer, “No, that’s ok, that’s your thing”.
Well, after watching what I was, or wasn’t doing, and realizing he wanted the same thing…guess who joined me on this journey? His explanation: “After watching you struggle to lose weight all these years and now it seeming to just disappear so rapidly, without buying a new piece of exercise equipment or you trying to work off every calorie you ate, I see this is something that I could do to help myself as well.”
Now we are doing this together and it has added an even more wonderful aspect. We are constantly having conversations, and educating ourselves, about nutrition.