I have recently had numerous friends and family members reach out to me, asking me what motivated me to get started on my weight loss journey. I’d like this post to hopefully offer my readers some motivation. I thought this was an appropriate post being that it is Motivational Monday.
There can be all sorts of people around you that want you to get healthy…who tell you what you need to do and how to do it. But, in the end, it is up to you to get to what I call “The Breaking Point.” You need to be ready for a change. A change that will affect all aspects of your life in both good ways and bad. Weight loss is not an easy process, but it is possible with hard work and dedication. Once you reach “The Breaking Point,” there really is no turning back. You are ready to embark upon a journey, essentially beginning a new life for yourself and your loved ones.
So, how did I get to my “Breaking Point?” This has taken me some time to think about and decide what was the trigger. I think it was the culmination of many things in my life that just added up over time, until eventually, I realized that I was headed down a very slippery slope. I decided that that kind of life wasn’t good enough for me anymore, and I wanted to feel happy. I wanted to be healthy so that I could be there for my children and husband. I felt that my health was starting to get in the way of all of that.
I tried to remember the last time I felt truly happy in my life. I thought about how I lived my life. I realized that the last time I was truly happy, I was a very active person. I was a runner. In fact, I logged 5.5 miles a day, five days a week, and it felt great!
I thought about what happened; when did I stop running? I realized I stopped running after I graduated college, and got my first job. I was working 12- to 14-hours a day, and running was becoming impossible. In fact, fitness in general was becoming impossible. I started to gain weight very quickly. Over two years, I gained A LOT of weight.
After two years, I was laid off from my job. The economy had started to go bad, and my company had decided to downsize. I fell into a depression as I tried to decide what the next steps were for me career-wise. I gained even more weight. Without a job, I began to wonder what my purpose and worth was, and I turned to food for comfort. I could have started running again, but it never crossed my mind at the time, I assume because I was too depressed to find a way out.
It was only when I got a job as a teacher that I started to become more like myself again. I had found the job that let me balance my family with my career, and still have some time for myself to recuperate. I was finding myself again. But I was in a body that did not display this outwardly toward others. I was beginning to get fed up with the fact that I always felt tired and that physical activities with my family, like hiking or playing volleyball, were tiring for me. I was ready to be involved again! So I needed to get up and get active.
What motivates me? My students motivate me. My children motivate me. My father and husband motivate me. When I am healthy, I am more able to be there for all of the people that motivate me. They deserve that! I deserve it! When I get discouraged, I think of them and I keep pushing forward. I repeat my childrens’ names in my head when a run gets tough, and it gets me through. I do it for them. And, as it turns out, I am finally feeling balanced in my life for the first time in many years, and it’s a great feeling! So, I ask you: what motivates you?