Wednesday, December 09, 2009
As I was watching the finale of The Biggest Loser last night (love that show!), the image of a baby learning to walk came into my head. I watched as they played back footage from the first weeks of this season’s show and you saw the contestants falling down, crying, screaming, wanting to quit just as they began this new journey. Their will was being tested, their resolve was being challenged. They were giving attention to the issues that for some played into their obesity. I was just fascinated with Danny (the winner) and all of the contestants who at any point could have walked away. They could have done what was easy and gone back to what was comfortable. But they did not. They hung in there. They kept coming back. They kept getting up. And if any of you watched the show, you know the results of their perseverance. Complete amazing transformations of their bodies.
The relation to a baby learning to walk and the contestants on The Biggest Loser is the getting back up. You see I have been told by the veterans at my gym that the number one thing to succeed at this fitness thing is to keep showing up. Bad days, good days, lose weight or gain weight, keep showing up; keep getting up. Danny, Rudy, Rebecca, Abby, Shay, Amanda and the rest of the Biggest Loser contestants refused to stay down. And neither does a baby learning to walk. They fall…..but they always get up. They wobble back up to their feet and try again. With loved ones cheering them on each time they try and fall. If you keep exercising, eating right and sleeping right, things will work out. If you have a set back, get back up. The main thing that will fuel your success is that you keep getting up. Keep wobbling back up to your feet. And just like a baby, you will be walking into your fit place before you know it. No crowds cheering or confetti falling; just the personal satisfaction that you have done something special for you.
Hats off to Danny!!! I was pulling for him. But I am very happy for all of the contestants. I am totally inspired to keep moving forward. I tip my hat to all of them. And also to all of you in the Spark People community who are doing the same. I can not put in words how inspirational and motivational it is to read about the success of so many here. Keep getting back up!!!