In 2009 I was 50 pounds heavier – yeap 50 lbs.
2008 was a very difficult year for me. We restructured at work and I had to let some outstanding employees go and then I had to live with the guilt of letting them go. Of course, then the rush of getting things done was under way at work. New people, new responsibilities and no time for me and my health. I enjoyed the weekends with no view to my health and of course gained weight.
I also played hockey on Sunday nights so missed family dinners yet again and was finding the hockey a strain on my heart. I was likely a heart attack waiting to happen.
Tired and exhausted, one day I saw Clean Eating Magazine and realized that there could be a better way to health. I changed – but slowly. This was no overnight transformation. Through education and the support of family and friends I got healthy.
For the last 18 months I weighed myself daily to keep myself focused on a healthier approach to eating. I took measurements monthly to focus on the big changes that the scale does not show. Every two months I recorded what I weighed and my measurements. For the last 5 months I weighed myself daily but only recorded my weight and measurements on a weekly basis. Doing both your weight and measurements allow you to see progress in both areas. But really each day I focused on wellness – not weight. A bad day or week did not distract me from my wellness goal.
I also created a vision board for where I wanted to be and what was important to me. It works.
Over the last year I have also worked on forgiveness and acceptance. I often send virtual messages of forgiveness to those lives that were impacted through my actions and pray that they too have found joy and laughter in their life again.
So today I celebrate a journey into wellness that has left me lighter, almost allergy-free and a greater sense of balance. Today I shed my Teflon coat sleeping bag and live life to the fullest.
Are you ready to shed your Teflon coat and let wellness in?
Jo, your 9CupChallenge partner