There are only a few days left of this year and I wanted to spend some time looking back over what an amazing year this has been for me. In the first two weeks of January last year, I took this photo of myself. I'd had enough of being overweight, tired and sick. I was sick of feeling like a prisoner in my body. I was ready to change.
At the 'Half-Way' mark…
|I apologise for the pile of toys in the background….just keeping it real!!|
In 12 months I have:
- radically overhauled my diet
- lost one quarter of my body weight
- gone down 4 clothing sizes
I used to spend every winter on puffers, antibiotics and steroids. This year I have enjoyed fabulous health with maybe one virus [I think]. I have only missed one day of training due to illness all year and I'm not even sure where my puffers are any more. My resting heart rate is 60bpm and my blood pressure is a fabulous 110/60.
All that stuff is great, but the real joy for me is not the change on the outside but the change on the inside. For the first time in a long time I feel comfortable in my body. If I am required to do something physical - run across the road quickly, chase down a child, take numerous flights of stairs, I know I can do those things with ease. It's a great feeling to not be self-conscious, to have no hangups about myself, to know that I can rise to any challenge. There is a sense of freedom that comes with that knowledge, I feel liberated.
But what I want you all to know is that there is nothing special about me that enabled me to do this. The truth is that I was just a fat, middle aged, ordinary stay at home mum with thyroid problems, PCOS, and a bad back. In fact, some mornings, my back was so bad I would have to get The Machine to put my shoes and socks on for me before I went to the gym. But the difference between me and someone who has stayed the same/or gotten bigger this year? I was ready. I wanted to change. I was willing to be 100% honest with myself. I refused to let my illnesses/disease/arthritis define me. I stopped using those things as excuses. I stopped using excuses at all.
If you had kept all your New Years Resolutions/Diet Resolutions/Fitness Resolutions last January……imagine where you could be today?????
If you are ready to change and would like to become the person you want to be, then stick around in 2012. Step Away From the Chocolate is launching a "New Year - New You" program where we would like to do one post a week specifically aimed at those who may be just starting on their weight loss and fitness journeys. We want to keep you inspired, motivated and on track!!!
Happy New Year!