From August 1, 2008 to August 1, 2009, I went from wearing a size 8 and running and working out regularly to busting out of size 14 pants and not working out at all.
After years of consistent exercise, I couldn’t believe I was starting over from scratch–again.
I was really struggling with getting back on track.
While I hated where I was, I just couldn’t seem to find the energy to pull myself out of bed in the morning and move.
Three things were key to my turning around that situation.
- Accountability. Support is vital. Having a friend, coach, or group to turn to is huge!
- Progress not perfection. Counting every single thing you do during the day that could even be remotely considered part of a healthy lifestyle builds positive momentum.
- Mindset training. Shifting your thoughts from hating where you are to focusing on why you want to be fit, strong, and slim is the true secret to long-term weight-loss success.
Here’s how I did it.
My friend, Julia, was my first accountability partner and we checked in with each other every day to cheer each tiny success and reframe any “stumble.” (Thank you, Julia! I couldn’t have done it without you!)
I set small, attainable goals for how much time I would move my body. Starting with a goal of just 10 minutes a day, I counted walking the dogs, vigorous vacuuming, and even a long walk across a parking lot to my car. I literally counted anything and everything that involved moving. A few weeks of meeting that minimal goal and I bumped it up to 20 minutes, and so on.
And I wrote out all the reasons I wanted to be fit, strong, and slim on index cards—and I read them everyday to retrain my brain while I was retraining my body.
Changing my mindset, focusing on my success, and having a supportive person to report my successes to made all the difference in the world.
Today, I love my body and life more than I thought possible!
I regularly work out vigorously for 25 to 60 minutes, six mornings a week. I eat healthy foods most of the time, and I wear between a size 4 and 6. And I’ve kept the weight off now for more than two years!
I didn’t get here overnight. But by slowly and steadily making those small decisions towards a healthier me, I built momentum and achieved my goals.
And you can do it, too.
If you are already working out regularly, awesome! How can you push yourself just a little bit further?
If you are changing your energetic momentum towards a healthier you:
- What is the minimum you can do today that will make you feel like you are making progress?
- What are the reasons you want to be fit, strong, and slim?
- Who can you turn to get the necessary support and accountability?
Just consistently making those small decisions to move in the direction of who you want to be will help you achieve the body—and life—you want.
Together we can do it!