1) it doesn’t cost money to lose weight.
You don’t need expensive gym memberships or to only eat organic groceries. those things are wonderful and can make your weight loss journey easier but do not let not having them hold you back.
There are tons of free exercises for you to do at home. Always make the best food choices for YOUR situation. This means sometimes buying frozen vegetables. Always check the ads and stock up when possible. Visit your local farmers market they always have good deals And you are supporting local farmers!
2) its ok to mess up! This was the hardest thing for me to accept. At first I would hate myself to the point of disgust. I have learned my stumbles can prevent falls! Always start fresh at your next meal. One bad meal won’t cause you to fail just like one healthy meal won’t give you a beach body.
3) It does not matter how slowly you go but never give up. I am all about instant gratification . With weight loss it doesn’t work that way. There were times I thought I was wasting my time. I can’t tell you how often I wanted to throw in the towel. I can tell you I’m glad I didn’t. It showed me My inner strength.that I can keep pushing through.
4) it gets easy! The first few weeks of eating healthy and working out were hell. After that it got easier and I look forward to it!
5) just how lucky I am to be married to someone who has loved me through all of my sizes.
I am on day two of my ” primal” lifestyle 21 day trial. I have to admit for some reason I am really really tired. To the point all I think about is sleep. I am commited to this and decided to hit the gym for a bit rather than fall onto the couch and vegetate in front of star trek TNG for three hours.
So I got to the gym and I noticed two kids on the track one about 16 one about 5 the 16 year old seemed to be an average sizs but his little brother was obviously obese. As I was lacing up my shoes. I heard the older brother say ” listen, you can do this ” the littler of the two nodded then started to run. Not very fast and he had to stop often to catch his breath or to watch the men who were playing basketball just below.
When he finally made it back to his starting point his mom started clapping and he said ” soon they won’t maks fun of me in gym class anymore” . I wish everyone could have saw his sweet little face light up with pride.
I have always been afraid of running and wondering what people will think of me . I stood there less than 15 minutes but learned a lifetimes worth of lessons they were as follows:
There is nothing in the world we cant do if we want it bad enough.
It doesn’t matter how other people see us . All that matters is how we see ourselves.
Sometimes all we need is a couple pf words of motivation.
No matter how hard it is to start something the reward in the end is worth it.
I hope to see that little boy again. Running that track getting faster and stronger and healthier. Maybe he will inadvertently teach me a few more lessons in life. I think tomorow I will do my first run in public.