Hello after a looong absence! It’s been a busy year but I’ve really missed writing here. Lots of things going on! My personal training business is going really well, and I’ve gotten to my lowest weight in almost 10 years.
But still, I’m struggling to keep losing. Every pound lost has been a battle – it just seems like it should be easier. Earlier in the summer I went to a Beck Diet workshop which was very insightful & gave me hope that there might be an easier way. And last week, I signed up for The Weight School, offered by Susan Hyatt and Brooke Castillo. This is a 3-month online program to help people get to the ‘why’ of their food issues. And all I can say about it so far is WOW.
I’ve considered myself to be a success story with regard to weight loss – over the past 2.5 years I’ve lost 75 pounds, and kept it off. This is a big deal – the first time in my life that I’ve maintained any kind of weight loss for more than a few months. But I still want to lose more, and it just seemed like I had reached a brick wall. My initial reasons for losing weight were to improve my health and to just generally feel better in my own skin. Mission accomplished! I feel awesome, am able to run and bike and just generally participate in anything that strikes my fancy. Getting dressed every day is a joy instead of a chore. And I think that’s part of why my weight loss has stalled – I reached my initial goal of feeling better both mentally and physically and if the Universe decided right now that I could never lose another pound, I’d honestly be OK with that. I like what I see in the mirror and feel comfortable in my own skin.
But…I feel like stopping now, before I’ve reached my true goal weight, is a cop-out. Because giving up when things get difficult is what I’ve always done…and there’s a voice inside me telling me that deciding to stay at this weight would really just be quitting because I’m afraid to do the rest of the work I need to do. The easy part is over – taking off enough weight to feel better – and the hard part is just beginning.
I say BRING IT ON.
I’ll be posting about my experiences with this weight loss program periodically, and if you’re interested in learning more about it, I urge you to check out Brooke’s book “If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Lose Weight“. It’s a game changer.