It has been 23 Mondays since I wrote about my weight loss journey. Nine Mondays since I shared a Monday Mindset post.
Every week I would say to myself that I would start again Monday. I even said it to others, including Geoff Vacon of Metabolic Mindset. He challenged me by asking why this week would be different when I hadn’t made the changes before. All I could tell him was that this time would be different.
I did make some changes, giving up alcohol for a month, tracking my food on an app, getting out for walks along with some trips to the gym. But nothing had really changed, certainly not my weight.
Timing is everything
In our last check-in, Geoff and I both knew that I wasn’t ready. I mean, I was tired of the way I looked and felt, but not tired enough to really follow through on the commitment I had made to him. He gave me the time and space to find the answers to the questions he asked of me. This post is not sponsored by Metabolic Mindset, but I highly recommend working with Geoff. He is knowledgeable and supportive, and best of all, straight talker when it comes to health and fitness.
I need a herd
So that brings me back to today, and where I am at in this journey. After all the months of good intentions and starting Mondays, I have made a change, actually, a few changes. The first was really digging in and finding the block that was keeping me stuck. I realized that I need a community. No real shock there, but I needed a new community. When I was competing in grandmaster bikini shows, I had a community of bodybuilders around me. Some I was closer to than others, but seeing each other in the gym, and at seminars kept me motivated and on track. When I left that world, I lost my support.
Shame is a useless emotion
Another thing that was holding me back is the shame I have carried for the last 2 years. Having been a health and wellness coach, and now being overweight made me feel like a hypocrite. Then I changed my mindset and thought about the encouragement I had given to others and applied it to myself. If I believed it for others, I can believe it for myself.
Timing is everything…part 2
Just as I was sorting out all these thoughts, I saw a post from my friend Natalie. She had joined a weight loss group and was inviting people to join her. It seemed like the Universe had heard my thoughts and provided an answer. That’s how I ended up at Your Way Weight Loss on Saturday morning. The teacher becomes the student.
I signed up, weighed in, sat with Natalie at the front of the room, and just listened. We heard about happiness and filling my bucket with things that bring me joy. Ray signed up for the online program, and we are working together to lose weight.
This isn’t a sponsored post. It is about my journey and my truth. I will continue to share this journey with you because I know there are others, just like me, who need to hear this story.