BUT...the biggest, bestest impact she has had on me has been the awesome example she set about living healthy.
Up until last year, I didn't know it was possible for women in our family to weigh less than 150+ pounds. We were never overweight...but we weren't really slim & fit either (well...except my sister...but I just chalked that up to her being a freak of nature or a huge outlier from the family norm).
I'd toyed with the idea of hiring a trainer and MAYBE listening to her advice outside the gym (about nutrition)...but I knew that basically there wasn't much that was going to change for me since no matter what I did or ate, I always ended up back in the same old 154-157 pound range. Why bother losing weight again if it was just going to be short term?
Enter, my mom & her new BFF, the MyFitnessPal app. I'd been too busy to notice...but she'd been using it pretty religiously for a few months and had lost (and kept off) several pounds. Yeah, whatever...I'd seen this cycle before. Something would go wrong & she'd end up right back in the 154-157 range with me. That's how we roll.
Only this time, that didn't happen. In fact, after she'd lost 15 pounds & kept it off for awhile, she cleaned out her closet & sent over all the clothes that were too big for her. When I tried them on & they actually FIT...oh, brother. I knew something had to change!
And so I asked her about this crazy app & how it was helping her to lose weight. She said that unlike diets she'd tried in the past (and between the two of us, we'd tried them ALL), this app just made her (a) more aware of what she was eating & (b) didn't deprive her of any one thing. She could have 300 calories of ice cream & chocolate if she so desired...she just had to make sure she accounted for it & kept her daily total to the allowed number for her weight loss goals. And better yet, when she exercised (which for my mom consists of walking and nothing else. She thinks sweating is stupid & although she loves her daily walks outside, she will NOT be getting a gym membership, going to yoga classes, or trying any other kind of exercise program in the near--or far--future), she got to add extra calories to her daily total. It was like a fun game to track it all!!!
No deprivation?! No intense exercise plan? What kind of crazy diet was this?! That couldn't possibly work!!!
Well...turns out it wasn't a diet at all. THAT is what was different for my mom this time. She realized this was not a temporary quick-fix after which she could go back to her old ways. No, ma'am. THIS was a lifestyle change!!! A "forever fix" to the way she did things. And she liked it!
Five months later (and against everything I knew was possible for me, my body, & the women in my family), I had lost 15 pounds. I weighed less than I ever had...EVER! I wasn't even this thin in high school!! Could I keep it off?!
Turns out, the answer is yes...I could. Eight months later...it's still gone. And that app is a permanent tool in my arsenal of living my best life.
I never would have tried the app. I never would have lost the weight. I never would have BELIEVED it was possible...if my mom hadn't done it first.
Some people are trailblazers. They BELIEVE before the SEE. My mom was one of those people & relentlessly pursued a happier, healthier life just because she knew it was there. Without her inspired journey, I never would have believed that I could do it too.
Fortunately, you don't have to be as stubborn as me. You can believe it's possible NOW. Because it is...even if you never believed it before. All you have to do is CHOOSE believe it TODAY.
YOU can be fit. YOU can be healthy. YOU can be happy, eat great stuff, & still weigh what you want to weigh. You just have to be willing to live like that person you want to be in the future, TODAY. Eat right, move, & surround yourself with people who want the same. It's amazing what can change when you make the important decision to change your mind first! To BELIEVE anything is possible.
The girl you've always wanted to be is waiting for you. Don't leave her hanging. Get to gettin'...
Points to Ponder:
- That person you want to be...how does she eat/act/live?! Are you ready to start TODAY?!
- What tools do you know about that could help you live the life you've always wanted?
- What support is right there waiting for you...and are you ready to tap into it?