A Personal Journey
On the bottom of each and every email I send to the world is the
signature, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!’
I know that people don’t read it or take the time to consider just what the personal significance is of those words. I have done a thousand miles, and then some.
Ten years ago, I was an outwardly happy, bubbly person to the world.
Inwardly I was a disappointed, self conscious, desperate and overweight person hiding under layers of clothing. At 115kgs I was the heaviest I had ever been, wearing size 22 clothing and waiting to find that first step in the right direction. I believe that timing is everything, and my time had come and things were about to change.
My weight loss journey since then has been a lot of trial and error.
I have tried diets, pills and even machines. It’s amazing how we try every quick fix before we finally go back to the basics of proper nutrition and challenging exercise.
I was just on 82kgs when I decided to do a 12 week challenge with Hilde from http://www.getactiveonline.com over the Christmas break.
I had to debate all the arguments with people, ‘Why at Christmas?’
My response was simply that it was the best time of the year. Christmas is traditionally a time to put on a few kilos, not lose them, and then put on a few more. I’m tired of the vicious cycle.
I have been on the most gruelling journey this past 12 weeks. I have embraced the highs and learnt tough lessons from the lows.
I finally reached my weight loss goal of more than 40kgs total lost, I have the
body that I never imagined I could have, and I now wear a size 10.
I am the fittest and healthiest I could ever have dreamed to be.
Best of all, I have been able to walk around with my shoulders up and head held high. Post Christmas, I am lighter and leaner.
I survived Christmas on a 12 week challenge, and look and feel awesome for all the hard work.
If you ever receive an email from me with those powerful words
inscribed at the bottom ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!’ You know now, I have reached a summit… Is my journey over?
Never, there are far too many more mountains to climb,
obstacles to overcome and victories to be won!!