But, What brought me to now...was the beginning. Oh please know I am not being facetious. It seems to be a rather simple statement and it is for the most part. Quick Disclaimer before I go any further: I am no rocket scientist nor some health guru. But, I just know from my own experience that the simple act of beginning something, (despite my natural inclination to procrastinate) and do. Caused action and progress. Albeit small at first. It kept me motivated to keep going despite the obstacles.
The first month was awful, but I pushed forward. Seriously taking it day by day the first week. I remembering waking up each day saying, "OK, I will try it again. But, if it sucks. I am stopping." I really wish I had something profound to say why I kept going. I just did it each day, then the days turned into weeks and then a whole month arrived. The one month marker was when the profound happened and I will share that in my next blog installment:) I don't want to get a head of myself.
Below I have highlighted three things that helped me BEGIN. But, before I get started I have few more things to say to you. Yes, YOU! That person that feels hopeless and overwhelmed by beginning. You are worth the effort! You deserve to be healthy and happy. It won't be easy at first. Nothing is...so swallow that shame and shake off that fear of failure. Promise yourself you will it least try! A good healthy life just doesn't happen to other people. It is happening to you by even considering change. So, be bold tomorrow and begin!
1. Ben Does life. I came across his over a million YouTube hits "My 120 pound Journey" Video in the first weeks of beginning my own journey. It truly kept me going...I would watch that thing nearly 2-3 times a day. Before I would go on my walks and afterwards as I sat on the back step of my apt building crying. Because I was so exhausted and frustrated with what little I could do. In that first month. I was so angry at myself and my body. My weight limited me so much. My endurance was shot. In my mind I knew what I was capable of at best. For the love of God, I use to be one of the most fit persons I knew. I was so haunted by what I had been and then so frustrated with what I had become. But, Ben reminded me that it was a process and you just had to begin. Push through at all costs past the physical and mental barriers. Throw embarrassment and shame out the window...just do it. It was my fight and know one else's. And I kept fighting those blocks, hoping for miles.
2. Heavy. I came across it one afternoon of a marathon showing and was so inspired. What I loved most it was not a contest like many of the other weight loss "reality shows". These individuals were fighting for their lives and health. Not Money or prizes. I admired that they did it with such honesty and vulnerability. Many of them 100's pounds heavier then myself. Made me realize it was doable, slow but doable. I learned so much about health, fitness and the emotional transition that needed to take place as well. Overall it really helped me to set goals and make intentions for change. I am a firm believer that any change is first manifested by intention (prayer).
*Unfortunely the show did not last over one season, but it is still available to view via A&E.
3. Hilton Head Health. One of the original "fat camps" for adults was where Heavy was Filmed. The facilities and location is to die for!!! The staff is amazing... It is sad that I will never experience it in person. Too expensive. But, I did find the best next thing. Their blog and website is full of inspiration and insight. The healthy recipes alone are worth the check out!
H3 emphasizes lifestyle change. And in a crazy diet world industry we are exposed to this is sane approach that I still carry with me each day.
These 3 Begin components really fortified me that first month and beyond. I will be forever grateful for the inspiration and knowledge. Of course it is no substitute for visiting and working with your Doctor on your health goals.