Last night I reached a mental milestone of sorts. I was watching Sunday and Monday nights episodes of The Biggest Loser, a show I absolutely LOVE. I was lying on the floor watching the show and doing my ab, arm and chest exercises when I remembered a time maybe 2 or 3 years ago when I weighed more than some of the contestants. I remember watching the show back then and questioning what I’m sure many ask when watching The Biggest Loser. “Just how did they let themselves get THAT big?” Then it was time to weigh in. As I watched the contestants take their turn on the scale it occurred to me, “Oh my God. I weigh more than some of these contestants.” I remember being motivated in the moment. Seeing them lose 10-15 pounds and getting encouraged to lose weight too, but I never acted on that motivation. It was always tomorrow. I’ll start tomorrow. Then tomorrow came and I put it off for the next day and the next until I weighed 275 pounds. Then the number became an excuse because that was too much weight to lose.
So, long story short, my milestone was lying on the floor doing exercises during the Biggest Loser and being down almost 70 pounds from where I was when I realized I was bigger than the Biggest Loser contestants. It felt really good. I took a moment to reflect and really see how far I’ve come. I don’t mean only with my weight loss, but mentally and physically. I have an entirely different outlook on life that I never had before. I was the very definition of couch potato. That was my life and it revolved around what was on TV for that particular day of the week. I have no doubt that as I was watching these contestants fight for their life in the gym with these trainers I was chowing down on something unhealthy and just watching. It feels good to know that is no longer the case and now I am LIVING.
One of my goals for 2013 was to find a way to help others with their health and weight loss. The trainers on the Biggest Loser inspire me. I’ve watched them on the show, read their books, and followed them online through their websites or social pages. I have seen and read the inspiration they create. I want to do that. I want to help people get their lives back. I’m just not sure how to do it. I started on that path when I started this blog. I felt I had so much information to share. I found a way that worked for me and I was so lost, so unsure of what to do for years. So if I can do this, I feel anybody can. So now I’m thinking about making more of a career of this. I’m just not sure yet how, but I’m researching my options. I don’t necessarily want to be a trainer. I’d rather work more with the overall process. We shall see.