“I need to change because I’m scared to death I might have a heart attack.”
“I want to change because I REALLY don’t like the way I look.”
“I am tired of insulin shots. They suck.”
“ I want to prove to myself I can change.”
“I want to change because I don’t like it when people stare at me.”
“I want to change so that I give my aching knees a break from carrying my extra weight.”
“I want to change so that I can stop taking so many medications.”
“I want to change so that I am a good role model for my child.”
“I want to change so I don’t leave my child.”
Once you figure out why you want to change, figure out what you need to do to change and take it SLOW. Start moving and be consistent with your movement and increase your movements over time. The question I get asked the most is “How did you do it?” Surprisingly, the answer is simple. I worked hard and I was consistent with working hard. That was the magical combination. There wasn’t a magic diet. There wasn’t one workout. There wasn’t one race nor one competition that did it all for me. It was a combination of everything, but honestly the reason WHY is what fueled me to want to BE a better me. I come from a family marred with early deaths from massive heart attacks, cancer and side affects of diabetes. I know what it feels like to lose a parent as a child because I did. I also saw my precious cousins at 3 -5 years old be left mother-less when my first cousin died of a massive heart attack in her 30s. I didn’t want this for my son. That’s my WHY. This is what drives me to be better. I am far from perfect, but I AM BETTER.
KNOW why you NEED to change. That’s what I did and I started moving… and I just kept moving. It did not happen quickly nor overnight. It took nearly 2 years for me to lose my weight. There was no quick fix. I finally learned that quick fixes ALWAYS came with more than the quick dividend. It came with a big ole fat let down… in the past when I was doing fad diets I’d ALWAYS gain the weight back (plus some). I finally learned this did not work for me after 20 years of serial dieting!! And, I thought I was a pretty smart person?? I guess not, but I did FINALLY learn the lesson.
I have good days. I have bad days. I go on vacations. I indulge from time to time, but I always return back to my healthy path because of my WHY [my son]. My hearts sinks when I look in his big, innocent eyes to think I could ever leave him without a mother…without my hugs, without my kisses, without my soft place to land when the world is not so kind to him. I do THIS for him… so that I can be Mommy as long as I can. It is that simple for me.
If you miss a couple days in the gym don’t toss in the towel. Get back to work. Don’t think of it as a set back or a failure. These thoughts add to the waistline trust me. Just think of it as a break and hop right back in. Know you owe it to yourself. Remember WHY you are doing this. You are on a mission. Know that you can do anything you set your mind to, but the first step is to know WHY you are moving then start moving and keep moving. It IS that simple.