Friday, February 15, 2013
The assignment: Write about overcoming a personal hurdle. What did you learn about yourself during the process? What advice would you give someone facing a similar “hurdle?”
I would say for me, the biggest hurdle I've had to overcome was actually starting this process. It took me many, many starts and stops, and many failures before I finally got serious about this journey. I joined Sparkpeople several years ago. I would be extremely active for a few weeks, then drop out. I would diet hardcore, exercise to the point of exhaustion, and be hungry all the time, then I would quit.
I learned I had to make a lifestyle change, not just go on a diet. I had to relearn my eating habits. I had to add exercise that was not only good for me, but was something I would stick with. I learned I could do this, it would just take an honest effort on my part. I also learned that it's ok to fall, as long as you pick yourself back up.
For anyone in a similar situation, I would offer this advice. Find what works for YOU. What works for me, your best friend, your neighbor, or a stranger on Sparkpeople, might not work for you. Make changes in small steps. Start swapping out water for soda, add veggies to your omelet, cut out the butter. Get up and move, even if it's only for a few minutes at first. Slowly build your time and your tolerance. If you try to make monster changes all at once, you will most likely become frustrated and quit. Even in weight loss, moderation is key. There is no quick fix when it comes to losing weight. It's a process, and sometimes it's a long one. Trust me, the journey is worth it.