My friends, as you all know, sustained weight loss is a process that requires sustained commitment to effectively work, kind of like taking medicine when you’re sick. You know you have to keep taking it to eventually get better even though the taste sometimes leaves something to be desired.
A few weeks ago I decided I needed a dose of my own medicine and recommitted to my weight loss process because I realized I’d been slacking in the exercise department. I am human and sometimes keeping weight off and maintaining an exercise regimen is a struggle. At least it is for me.
You see, while I was still eating relatively healthy (ok, ok. So I did have some ice-cold Coca Colas here and there), I admit I was lazy about my exercise. I also gave the same old excuses to myself; “I ate well today and worked out yesterday so I am good today.” The result of which was good news/bad news: the 20 pounds I gained when my mom died, while maintained (good news), wasn’t coming off (bad news).
Since making the decision to re-engage I now get up early (a great way to start every day), lace up my sneakers, power-up the iPod and work out. And since recommitting to exercise I’ve whittled those 20 pounds down to the last, persistent but soon-to-be-gone, 10 or so.
Helping me take my recommitment “medicine” are the many of you have written me to say “hello,” letting me know I, too, am not alone. Knowing all of you are out there is awesome and a powerful motivator for me, and I thank you all so very much.
Another thing helping me in situations involving food is something many of us take for granted - one simple bag of sugar. We pass them in stores and have them in our homes for baking or morning coffee. For me, a simple bag of sugar is one of the most powerful motivators in my show that never ends.
You see, two 5-pound bags of sugar represent the remaining grief weight I need to re-lose to get back to my goal weight of 225lbs. And I have to tell you that in my 3.5-year journey to lose 175lbs it’s those last 10 that always seem to be the hardest.
Every one of us has motivations to lose weight, to take our medicine and get on track, no matter if we have 5 pounds to lose or 175. You’ve heard me talk many times about my knowing I wasn’t going to live much into my 40s at 400lbs. Some people have doctors tell them, “It’s time. Either do this, or else.” Well, I didn’t need a doctor telling me what I already knew. That was my catalyst to get my butt moving.
While commitment to a lifestyle change involving regular exercise and better eating is like medicine, Mary Poppins did say it best – a spoonful of sugar, or in my case 10 pounds of it, does help the medicine go down in the most delightful way. And if you need an excuse get out, go enjoy the beautiful spring/summer weather starting to happen. Go to the park and walk its paths once or twice. It’s a great way to exercise and a wonderful way to way to connect with yourself (because you are worth it) while actively working toward your own weight loss goals.
Oh, and if you just happen to be around southern New Jersey and see me, don’t forget to say “hi.”