I have been thinking about this a lot lately and it can apply to many areas of people’s lives. When I started this journey in January 2010 I thought to myself “at the end of this, I would be happy as a size 12 or around 170 pounds. I really don’t think my body could get any lower than that.” Part of it was me not wanting to overwhelm myself with giving myself too big of a goal because I would quit, being defeated by my mind and not getting there fast enough. But part of it was the fact that I honestly didn’t want to give up certain foods and that I didn’t believe that I could make the change diet-wise. I also didn’t believe that my body could change and get small, I firmly believed that my metabolism and my family history had me pegged to a larger body size for the rest of my life.
Your mind is such a strong part of who you are. How you approach things sets the tone for where you will go. You can apply this to any area of your life! With losing weight and making a transformational change in your life, your mind is a huge part of the process. If you constantly think that you can’t do something, guess what? You won’t be able to do it. Lately I have been re-thinking my initial thought that size 12 is an ok stopping point. At this moment I feel like I shouldn’t limit myself because I feel it will hurt me in my quest to become as fit and strong as I can. And I find it amazing that my mind has changed this much. I no longer want to limit myself, in diet, workout or mindset on what I think I should look like. I am strong. I can do this. My body type and family history is not my destiny. I can be who ever I want to be.
I feel anyone who is starting out on a weight loss journey and wants to do this seriously needs to be open to the change. Know that in the beginning it will be hard, that you will hurt in places you have never hurt. You will miss certain foods. Know that it takes 28 days to have a change become a habit. But be open to this process, it will change you in ways you can’t imagine. You will become open to new workouts, new foods and the way you look at yourself.
To end this post I will quote Dolvett from Biggest Loser: “Don’t fall in love with the results, fall in love with the process.”