October 15, 2014

...Health & Happiness: The Click...

Recently, I have been asked several times, a very thought provoking question.

"Haley, what finally clicked for you?"

After giving my typical wordy, "I don't know" kind of answer, I decided I needed to sit down and actually think about and write out the answer. I started this post last weekend and am finally getting around to finishing it. 

When I really reflect back, I don't know that it was really one thing that particularly clicked in me.  Only, that I'd had enough. 

In May of 2012 I stood up in a wedding for one of my beautiful friends.  Though looking back at that day, I remember fun, good conversations, beautiful surroundings, and lots and lots and lots of joy... when I finally got to see the photos from the day, all I could think was.  "How?"  How had I not seen how far I'd let myself slip?  How?  It was that day that I called my dad and asked him to sign me up for my first Big Shoulders race.   Shortly after that race I fell right off the wagon.  Then New Years Eve.  December 31st, 2012 was when it all changed.

My bestie hosted a new year's party and I was fortunate to run into an old college roommate of mine.  She'd struggled with weight in college due to a thyroid condition and had managed to overcome it.  Seeing her was the kick in the pants I needed.  It was my "enough is enough" moment. 

The next morning I started a weight loss journal and began down the road towards better health.  Over the past (almost) two years I got moving, changed my eating habits, got the help I needed to overcome emotional and mental health issues, and have lost almost 70 lbs. 

I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life. I'm the happiest I've ever been. I have gained my health. I have gained countless followers/cheerleaders. I have met amazing men and women in the fitness industry.  I've made friends in the form of other weight loss warriors through weight watchers.  I have run races, swam countless miles, and even been inspired to pursue a career in health/fitness.

If you are one who is looking for that click, I hope this will help direct you towards it.  I am so thankful to Jesus for the opportunity to help others meet their goals or even get started down the long road and encourage them along the way. 

"What if it's hard?"  "What if I fail?" "What if I mess up?"

It's not easy.  I'm not going to sugar coat it.  It takes a while to gain weight or damage your health.  It's going to take a while to get your health back.  But it is SO WORTH IT.  When you can look back at conquered goals and see what you've accomplished and overcome... there is no feeling like it in the world. You're going to have days where you slip.  But I can tell you this...

If this is something you want.  If better health, more confidence, stronger muscles, more energy, insert your goal here, is what you want.  Like REALLY want, you will do it.  You will!!  Once you put in your mind what you want, NOTHING can stop you.  You may be hindered by doubt or want to beat yourself up when you slip, but I'm here to tell you that it's ok.  We're human.  Sometimes all I want is a slice (or two or three) of pizza or to sleep in instead of putting on my gym shoes.  But it's ok. 

As my girl, Anne Shirley once said "Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it." 

So don't let those negative thoughts stop you.  You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to.

Be strong, brave ones. 

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