I often wonder what makes people finally get started and finish their weight loss journey.
For this Friday post, I wanted to talk about whether or not you had an “Aha” moment when it came to getting started on your weight loss program and share my “Aha” moment with you.
I’ve told you about my inspiration picture that I used to help me keep going when times got tough, and shared a lot of stories about my weight loss and weight maintenance experience. I wanted to tell you what finally got me moving off the diet merry-go-round and what the first few days after that moment looked like.
I had dieted for over 10 years and never lost more than 25 or 30 pounds, at the most. I cycled through diets like they were water, trying this and that to no avail. Sometimes I think I forgot what diet plan I was supposed to be following because I had tried so many. Honestly.
And yes, there were times when I temporarily gave up dieting altogether and just ate candy with no guilt. Well, with almost no guilt.
But there was a day in early 1997, when I realized that if I did not do something right then, I might never do it. In fact, I worried that I might not have the opportunity to do something about my weight later. I honestly feared for my life and I feared what would happen to my children if I did not change my ways.
That was my “aha” moment and it actually happened on the scale. How ironic. I was at my doctor’s office for a check-up and when the nurse weighed me, I had that “aha” moment. All at once a thousand thoughts seemed to flood my head and I decided that day to do something about my weight, and I did.
I sat down at my kitchen table later that day and came up with what would eventually be the plan outlined in my book and the plan I use when I teach my weight loss class. I changed my life that day and I’ve never regretted it.
Those first days were difficult but exhilarating at the same time. I felt excited about losing weight for the first time in a long time and believed that I might actually be able to do it. I even stuck with my diet when John brought me candy because he felt bad about going out of town. Leaving that candy alone was one of the first of many victories that helped me succeed and gain confidence in myself.
Of course I had struggles while losing weight, and I’ve had struggles since then, but I have never gone back to being obese and I have never gone back to living such an unhealthy lifestyle. Thank God.
What’s your story? Have you had an “aha” moment or was your beginning a slow process? Diane