I’ve been reflecting a lot this week, and although it has challenged me, it has also bought with it much clarity & strength. After having a rather gruelling week emotionally & feeling a little flat and overwhelmed, I turned to my mentor Nik for inspiration. He asked me to take a step back from the chaos, for just a moment, and remind myself of why I started this journey. My response was that I want to live; I started because I want to live an active, fun, meaningful life…to which he answered; ‘Well nothing else matters right?’
In amongst all the noise and fury in my head – those simple questions refocused me. What is more important than my health and happiness? We are so obsessed with material things; too busy working, paying bills & meeting responsibilities & obligations that we forget the simple things in life. One of the greatest challenges in life is discovering who we are – and then, being happy with what we find.
A big part of my decision to start my journey was motivated by my desire to live, but also to stay true to my own goals and dreams. Most of those around me have rejoiced, but there are also a few which are still adjusting. Not everyone has welcomed my changes; some have been challenged by my change in priorities, by my current actions not suiting them, or in some cases my new lifestyle highlighting their own inaction. I wavered for a moment, as I feared losing the relationships, but then decided that I am standing my ground and walking my own path. I’ve spent so long trying to please everyone else, that I forgot about me. I’m being selfish for the first time in my life, and putting ME first. Sometimes you just gotta move on, and the people that want to stay in your life, will make the effort to move with you.
And there are so many people who celebrate my every achievement! One of things I have learned over the last few weeks is that I have plenty to be grateful for: I am grateful for my wonderful partner, family, friends and workmates, who tell me daily what I mean to them – I am grateful for the amazing gift I have been given by Travis & his exceptional RBT team, and for their constant kindness, support and encouragement- I am grateful for the overwhelming love & support I have received from all of YOU – I am grateful that I am learning so much, and embracing this opportunity to become a stronger, better, more giving version of myself!
I have spent so long avoiding change and growth, but I’m letting go of the old to make way for the new; the old way is gone – and I don’t want to go back! I remind myself daily that giving up when the going gets tough is not an option. I’m just going to continue to move forward, one step at a time; small steps, decisions, and actions that gradually build upon each other and eventually lead me to my goal.
So what do we do during the hard times? Nik shared the wise words of Les Brown with me:
You must have faith
Bad times have not come to stay; they have come to pass…
No matter how bad it is, or how bad it gets – I am going to make it!
You must have patience, and engage in consistent action.
It’s simple, but it’s not easy
It’s hard, but it’s worth it!
It’s been 9 weeks since I started my journey, and what an adventure it’s been! Just over 2 months ago, I was addicted to junk food, energy drinks and Coke Zero. I was hardly mobile, didn’t exercise and was constantly feeling tired, ill and depressed. I had no motivation at all and had withdrawn from most things, preferring to hide under my doona and eat. But no more!
In the last 9 weeks I have not missed a single session of my training, I have eaten well and tried to stay positive and motivated. As a result I have lost a total of 25 kilos bring my weight down from 167 kilos to 142 kilos.
Waist: 155 cms +
Thigh: 76 cms
Arm: 47 cms
Chest: 145 cms
Today, Day 64
Arm: 35 cms
Chest: 125 cms
That’s 18cms off my waist – 7cms off my thigh – 12cms off my arm and 20 cms off my chest! So, a total weight loss of 25 kilos & 57 cms off my body!
A big thank you to my beautiful boy Mark, my family & friends, my mentor Nik, my trainers Aimee & Callum & Hannah, the RBT family and all of YOU who have shown me such love & support!
The journey continues my friends – stay tuned!
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