What Bugged Me After I Finally Lost the Weight

beforeI posted this before picture of myself today on my Facebook page. It was a little shocking to see myself at what I believe was my heaviest weight. I was told I was inspiring and brave.

The truth is I was kind of fed up when I decided to lose the weight. There was no one defining moment that made me say enough is enough. One morning I just thought I can’t keep doing this. But I’ve posted on that before.

Today I want to talk about what happened after I lost the weight since watching all the likes kind of brought that WTH? feeling back. I knew I’d feel better physically. What I didn’t expect was my reaction to all the congratulatory comments I received. I didn’t feel I deserved it. I didn’t cure cancer or perform brain surgery, I lost weight.

I was still me so what was the big deal? Was I not good enough before? Then I caught a glimpse of myself in a window and I didn’t recognize me. I had to look again. Really, that thin person was me? And then I slowly realized why people were really commenting.

It wasn’t that I was a better person, it was that I kept at something that wasn’t easy. People were inspired by my hard work. That I put the time and effort in to get where I was. And it was work, as I tell my clients: “There is no magic pill; if I had one I’d love to share it with you. I’d also be living in Hawaii or in La Jolla.” (yes, they’re my happy places).

Is what I did remarkable, no. Can you do it too? Of course. I can tell you that it’s much easier when you have support and some guidance. That you are more likely to reach your goals when you know what your underlying desire is. Do you want to: be around for your grandkid? dance at your daughter’s wedding? have enough energy to keep all your balls in the air and get that promotion at work?

All of those things are possible!

Need help reaching your goals? I’m here to help you. Send me an email, janinemchale@empoweredplate.com, to set up a planning session.