This is my last straw story from my days of not liking summer because of my health/fitness condition:
The thought of summer rings an anniversary reminder that I’d like to share with you. It’s my private last straw story of how I decided to turn my health, and hence my life, around once and for all… one small step at a time… and saying goodbye to 50+ pounds for good!
You see, summer and sunny weather equates to wearing shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits. Fourteen years ago, at my heaviest weight ever, and with not a summery thing to wear in my closet, I so desperately, longingly hoped for the cool rainy days of Seattle fall weather so I could hide in my oversized sweaters, stretchable leggings, and baggy raincoat.
It wasn’t until a good friend entered my house one day that very summer with a picture of me in a bathing suit that I finally realized that I had had enough! First, how the heck did I allow that picture to be taken!!! Second, how did I let myself get so out of shape? I did have an ongoing list of excuses around fighting and winning my bout with Breast Cancer. But, wouldn’t that be an obvious reason to pull myself together and take better care of my health?
So after staring at that photo through disappointed eyes I decided it was time to take the bull by the horns and get this fat-summer-hating-girl into shape. I wish I could tell you that it was easy to get my weight off and put my health back on track…but it wasn’t. What I can tell you is that there is no magic bullet, pill or patch, or one diet that made my life healthier and weight-loss successful. And believe me, I’ve tried them all.
The recipe for my (continuing) healthy journey is actually a combination of a healthy diet, daily self-care such as exercise/activity, combating stress, listening to my body, and most importantly... community support! I cannot express community support enough! Knowing that you’re not alone with the camaraderie of sharing tips/ideas and insight can inspire you to making healthier choices. And, not to mention how helpful that support is in making you show up for an exercise session. It helps to know that someone is waiting for you to hit the pavement!
In celebration of my 15th year of my “I’ve had it!” Anniversary… If you’re feeling alone in your own wellness journey and this “I’ve Had It!” feeling resonates or if you are looking for your own wellness community, I am currently accepting applications for my next 10 week series of my new RejuveClub! If you're interested in improving your health and are ready to upgrade your life to activity, fun, connection to other women who are striving to their fitness/wellness goals you've come to the right place!
And yes, I now love summer again… and no, my body’s not perfect but I do love the way my summer body feels… Healthy, strong and vibrant.. in shorts, bathing suit, and all.