As we've stated before, with the assistance of Dr. Michael Roizen as our coach and mentor, Toni Winston and myself are now operating under YOU Gals, where our aim is to touch lives: 1 waist at a time. We have been working super hard assisting others with their weight loss goals as we follow all the principles laid out in YOU: On a Diet. It has been a great journey thus far and many have been losing weight and finding a renewed sense of confidence and pride. We are so proud to be paying it forward and to be building such a wonderful community of friends and family who all have the same goal in mind – to take control back and reach their optimal health and wellness.
While this has been fun and we have been meeting such wonderful people, it seems like it was time for Toni and I to get away for a little R&R. It was time the You Gals enjoyed a girl’s weekend retreat in Massanutten, Virginia. We were looking forward to catching up on good times, laughs and relaxation. Just because we were going away did not mean that exercise and our healthy lifestyle would suffer.
On Saturday morning we woke early ate a balanced breakfast and headed to the outdoors equipped with our pedometers. Our unit was located on the top of the mountain, so walking down that mountain seemed more like a fight against gravity. Toni continued to say if walking down this mountain was this challenging, imagine what it would be like walking back up. I laughed and said, "We are YOU Gals, we can do anything!" Collectively we've lost 100 pounds, we’ve readjusted our eating habits, we've broken bad habits and we have overcome major hurdles that have held us back in the past to achieving health and wellness. Certainly a mountain walk had nothing on us!
Finally we made it to the bottom of the mountain completely covered in sweat and gasping for air. I felt great and accomplished until I turned around to see the steep climb that was ahead of us. “Oh my word," I muttered. How in the world was I going to make it back up? Toni and I laughed and knew there was no other option other than going up. We braced ourselves and put one foot in front of the other and got to stepping. I am not exaggerating when I say it was a super steep climb.
All joy seemed lost when attacking the upward climb. If I wasn't gasping for air, making sure my glutes and legs were still attached (they were painfully constricted and starting to go numb) or looking for somewhere to pull over and take a little break, I was digging deep, looking for energy and strength to keep pushing it up that hill. I'm grateful Toni was there – we leaned on each other, made ourselves laugh on the journey up and found ways to push each other up that hill. Along the way, I will admit we got lost. I thought I was going to die, because I knew it would take more energy to get back on track. We took a deep breath again, laughed it off and started again. Forty-five minutes later we were back to our unit, exhausted, aching and feeling accomplished. A big mountain had been before us and together we climbed and knocked it out.
You may feel like your weight loss journey is very much like our mountain experience. However, just like we were able to regroup, refocus and climb that massive mountain, so can YOU. All you need are the right food choices, a good support system, and a willing mind. Then just put one foot in front of the other. When the going gets tough, just dig deeper and push harder!