In one of my first blogs, I wrote about obesity and I threw out an exercise challenge. I said that since I was motivated to exercise and eat right, I would be support and encouragement for those of you who can’t. I promised I’d do double time—extra sit ups, run or swim an extra lap, ride another mile—all in honor of you. I’d be your helping hand, your lift up until you could take the torch and do it yourself.
So I took up the challenge, and since July 14, 2015 when I posted that blog, I have been doing extra sit ups, running and swimming extra laps, and hiking another incline. When I was certain I had nothing left to give, the chorus from the Fight song would ring in my head, “I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me”. It gave me the extra burst of energy to push on, and ignore my body’s fatigue.
I’m not stopping. I’m going to keep exercising, keep working for you. I want you to know I’m here for you when you’re ready to start. Even if I can’t be at your side working out with you, I will be there in spirit rooting for you, offering you encouragement. You can do it. If I can do it, anyone can.
Need more inspiration, more motivation, check out Diane Carbonell’s blog 3 Vital Steps For Setting Your Mind to Lose Weight. Diane lost 150 pounds in 1997, and she has kept it off! She knows what she’s talking about. She was morbidly obese, but she found the motivation to lose the weight, and wrote 150 Pounds Gone Forever .
30 Day Weight Loss Challenge
If you’re ready to get started, check out Rebecca Clark, author of the Checklist Diet. She is running the 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge on Facebook to help you lose weight. She started yesterday, but it’s never too late to join in.
Rebecca says, “That first step doesn’t have to be painful. As long as you’re moving forward most of the time, you’ll eventually get to where you need to go.”
I have found this to be very true for me when I was using her book and losing weight. So I messed up one day, it was the big picture I needed to stay focused on—I was making a permanent lifestyle change. Some days weren’t perfect, and I learned they didn’t have to be, if I just kept moving forward.
Rebecca also suggested doing better than the day before. “That’s called progress,” she says. “Eating to lose weight shouldn’t feel like a punishment. Treating yourself well is a reward.”
This really helped me stay on track, especially reminding myself this was all about treating myself well, not about using a treat to reward myself!
I’m reading to get started. How about you? What’s holding you back? How can I help?