I was thinking about “what ifs” today after I realized that next month it will be a year since I lost 80 lbs and kept it off. I was thinking…what if I hadn’t started on a nutritional cleanse program to lose weight? Well, then it would be two years later and I’d still be overweight. Two years because it took me a year to get the weight off. It would be a year later and instead of hating myself because I was embarrassed by how I looked at 200+ lbs, I feel proud about my weight loss.
Here’s another what if…what if I hadn’t gone to Weight Watchers meetings weekly specifically for support. What if I hadn’t heard the Weight Watchers leader when she said at meeting after meeting that the most successful people in maintenance…exercise. If I hadn’t “heard” what she was saying, I wouldn’t have gone to 24 Hour Fitness and met my personal trainer, the personal trainer I’ve worked with twice a week for 1 year and 4 months. I don’t even want to think what that’s cost me financially, but it’s been worth it.
What if I hadn’t gone to Silver Sneakers? Then I wouldn’t have a wonderful group of people to exercise with twice a week. I wouldn’t have a group of women to get together with after class on Tuesday.
Speaking of my personal trainer…my birthday was July 1st and after my workout on my birthday she had me do 63 squats, 63 lunges and then raise a 10 lb ball over my head, slam it down onto the ground, and squat to pick it up, 63 times. And, yes, 63 = how young I am now.
Sometimes I wonder where the discipline to accomplish this has come from. I like to do things the easy way and this hasn’t been easy. But, I’ve done it and I will continue to maintain my weight loss. To me, this is the hard part…maintenance. Losing the weight was easy, now it’s going to take some serious discipline to keep it off.
I’m glad that I don’t have to look back and think “if only” I’d done something about my weight two years ago. It feels so much better to love myself than to hate myself.
I don't know where this post came from and I almost hesitate to post it, but I'm going to. This is where I'm at right now and think I want to document it. On an RV blog, no less.
I’m heading for Las Vegas tomorrow!!! My friends who joined me in Palm Springs to check out the Del Webb community I was pet/house sitting at are going to Henderson/Las Vegas to check out the Del Webb community there. I’m tagging along.
The people I pet/house sat for in Palm Springs have asked me to come back in September and I think I will.
Next post from Vegas.