Have you decided that 2017 is the year you want to get fit? Are you hoping to lose weight? Do you wish you had more energy and less aches and pains? Do you want to feel like your best self?
I was in those shoes back at the beginning of 2007. I was overweight, feeling crappy and generally unhappy. I needed to make big changes. Had I been there before? YES! Had I lost weight before? YES! Have I ever sustained that weight loss and level of fitness like I did then? NO.
It is time to tell some truths. I have never been severely overweight but I have struggled with my weight. I was probably the most unhappy with my body before I became pregnant. Three years of fertility drugs and the emotional roller coaster of trying to get pregnant did a real number on my hormones and metabolism. I was not just overweight. I was overweight from medicine. There is a difference.
After the kids were born I bounced back pretty nicely. I felt like I was on track again. Then, both of my beautiful babies got a diagnosis of Autism.
This presented me with another setback for my mental health. I was worried, down in the dumps, and never leaving my house because my life revolved around therapy for these 2 people. I stress ate. I put myself last on the list of things to do. I was in a bad place.
Then at the beginning of 2007 a miracle began to unfold. A trusted therapist suggested to me a change in diet might help my kids. There was underground crazy talk that a life without gluten, dairy and food dyes might help them think better.
I actually didn’t do it for me. I was so not worried about how bad I looked or felt. My only concern was those beautiful babies.
I tell this story because this was the beginning of me finding MY WHY!! I made big changes in the way I ate and lived. I didn’t do it to look like some sort of model. I made the changes for my family and our health. I did it so we could have a better immune system. I did it so I could have less aches and pains. I did it so they could think and function better.
Setting goals and identifying your why is ESSENTIAL. I cannot stress this enough. If you are going to ask yourself to make “sacrifices” then you better have a good reason why. If it is just to lose a few for the vacation swimsuit you will not sustain the changes. It is that simple. Small goals and small minded why’s give you small results. Big goals and big why’s give you big results.
So, I have been living this way for 10 years now. I have largely been successful. I have been lighter, happier, healthier and more fit than I have ever been in my life. This last year of injuries has tested me to be sure.
As 2017 began I set new goals and found new reasons to achieve them. Life changes and we either go with it or get left behind. My struggles have taught me to lean in, remember this isn’t about numbers on a scale or inside my clothes…and to love my body for taking me on this journey. So before you barrel through January with intentions to lose weight and exercise get real about your body. Love it. Thank it and then take really good care of it. I promise the more you care for it the more it will care for you!
Love and light,