Today is the first day of the rest of your life and no one is going to do it for you!!!
My original plan with the blog was to inspire others to take control and start saving their life.
I woke up one day and decided “that’s it! I can’t pretend any more.” Yes, I’ve enjoyed my life (so far) and I have few regrets. My 20’s were too much fun and I liked my 30’s. Not sure I can explain why but I think it’s because once you hit 30 you realize: “okay this is it, it’s up to me to make the most of my life”. So I stopped waiting and started doing.
I’ve always liked myself. But I never really loved myself…I thought I did but now I realized I didn’t. If I did I would not have waited so long to take better care of me. I took care of my emotional and spiritual needs. I always had a handful of friends and mentors that were there when I needed them. I never took care of my physical health and wellness.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t think that we should all strive to look like the swimsuit models in the Sports Illustrated magazine or the women on the cover of most women’s fashion magazines. That’s not what my journey has been about. I didn’t do this because I was accepting societal pressure to be thin, beautiful, whatever – NO! I did it because I decided that I deserve to feel and look good. I did it because I didn’t like regaining 4 of 10 pounds that I had lost. I did it because I learned how bad my blood work was (high cholesterol, etc.). I did it to reduce my risk of dying from a avoidable fatal disease.
News flash! You deserve to feel and look better too!!! You deserve to enjoy the vessel God gave you. I wish I could find a way to bottle the inspiration that I found three plus years ago. That spark or whatever it was got me started on my fitbattle. Forget all of the get fit quick schemes…if I could figure out how to distribute the inspiration or spark that got me started I think I really could save lives.
That’s probably the point…the inspiration or spark required to have a successful fitbattle has to come from within…you have to choose it. Hopefully my blog can help provide a spark of inspiration but the truth is that it’s the individual that has to be ready…not to try…to do! Something inside needs to snap so you never look back.
There are some sacrifices and/or significant changes that must be made…giving up several hours of television a week, breaking up with Ben & Jerry, being present (conscious) when making decisions about what to eat, switching from that daily carmel macchiato to a less fattening coffee beverage, facing your failures head on and being able to move past them, letting go of old insecurities and lies that you used to tell yourself (I’m happy being fat), and risking offending others who are not supportive (it’s not really about you it’s about them but they make it about you).
Yep, I’m not convinced that I’ll ever figure out what to say and how to say it to inspire others to start their fitbattle. But that’s not going to stop me from trying!