Sarah’s Story: Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?
I remember the day so clearly. It was a Monday evening, one week in to our lifestyle change and I had not yet weighed myself. As we have indicated in some of our other posts, goal setting is important to any journey. I had set mine, but one key ingredient was missing…how much did I weigh?
I had started my weight loss journey countless times prior to this; but after weighing in and seeing my goal so far off into the future, I lost all motivation to start – I was afraid I was going to fail AGAIN.
BUT, I knew in my heart this time was different. This time, I had a partner…my husband and I was going to lose the weight! I remember being in cycle class that Monday evening – the entire class I was trying to build up the courage to go into the locker room after class and weigh myself. Class ended and I hurried off to the locker room. I purposely left class quickly, hopefully before Leonard would notice – I didn’t want him to know I had weighed myself so he wouldn’t ask the outcome. He didn’t have to ask.
The outcome was so devastating, I couldn’t hide it. I cried. I cried again. I asked myself how I could let this happen, over and over again. Leonard gave me a hug, said he loved me and that I was beautiful regardless of what the scale said. We went home, had a healthy dinner – that was day one. The next morning, I was faced with going back to my goal sheet and editing everything to adjust to my true weight (which was about 30 pounds more than I guessed! Yuck!). I wrote my nutrition plan, scheduled my workouts, looked at old pictures of when I was in shape and worked on getting my mind right!
7 months have passed and I can still remember so clearly what that number looked like on the scale. It makes me sick thinking about it. My goal of losing 76 pounds seemed impossible but I knew I had to do it.
If you have experienced or experiencing something similar, I know you can relate. You may ask yourself, “How can I handle this?” Well, go ahead and take that 5 or 10 minutes to feel sorry, get mad, and ask all the whys…this is only natural! And then…..work on getting your mind right!
Break your weight loss journey down into baby steps and write it down. For example, month one I wrote out my nutrition and exercise plan. I set a goal to lose 12-15 pounds. Then I moved on to month 2, month 3, etc. As many of us know, when you have a lot of weight to lose, it will come off a lot quicker at first so calculate that into the equation. Don’t let it frustrate you when it starts coming off a little slower.
You have to start somewhere and there is no better time than the present. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the road ahead of you; the end will be in sight soon enough, just keep at it! I am more than happy to talk you through these steps so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for support; I/we are here for you!