Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality. Malala Yousafzai
Whether it's needing to lose 10, 20, 50 or 100 pounds, everyone has a goal that he or she wants to accomplish — and the closer you get to yours, the more I want everyone to know about it! The best way to get the positive vibes out to everyone is to talk about it and share it with your other team members! It's the perfect place not only to give motivation but also to find it!
Here's what one of my teammates says about her success so far:
I started gaining a lot of weight after I hit 30 and didn't really notice it until my big jeans got really tight. That happened when I quit smoking the first time, needless to say, it didn't stick and I was a smoker again within a few months. The only problem with that was I didn't lose the weight just because I started smoking again.
I finally joined a Biggest Loser competition at a local gym and started losing size but not pounds and I thought I was doing great until I heard Jillian say on the show that if you don't see a loss on the scale you weren't losing. That was hard for me to hear, especially since I thought I was doing everything I could to be healthy and lose weight. I had even quit smoking again. Turns out I wasn't eating right, I was eating healthy just not right. So I got my food on the right track and lost 9 pounds in the last 2 weeks of the competition. I didn't win but my body has changed and I am starting to feel better.
It took me 15 weeks to find the right combination of food and exercise to start dropping the weight and I got really discouraged a few times, but I didn't quit and I am a better happier person. No matter how I felt I went to my workouts, and I only missed one because I got stuck at work.
If you make the commitment to do this then just do it, believe me when I say not giving up makes living the healthy life so much easier. Giving up and being unhealthy after you've made the commitment just makes you feel worse than you did when you started.
An added bonus: I have a 5-year-old daughter and since I've been doing this she is all about being healthy and fit. I love that because obesity runs rampant in my family, I was one of the lucky ones that didn't gain any weight until my 30s and I stopped it before it got out of control.
Make the commitment to live life and not just watch from the sidelines." – jordys_mom
Have you reached a milestone in your journey? Talk about it on the Message Boards! Or do you have a success story you want me to know about? Post your story here!
Release the Past
I don't care if you were the fat kid in high school, or the black sheep of the family, or the lazy teenager who hated exercise. Forget it — let it all go! Those old identities are not serving you in the present, and they certainly aren't going to help you achieve your goals for the future. If you let go of old conceptions of yourself, you can maintain an open mind and be open to all possibilities. It is imperative that you let go of the past in order to re-create yourself in the present.