What are your biggest frustrations when it comes to losing weight or changing your habits? Sometimes we are so caught up in our own heads that we cannot even imagine our lives being different. We are so overwhelmed by the entire journey, that we cannot visualize the milestones that will get us to that ultimate goal.
Today I’d like to share how my perspective and perception changed one day four years ago when I was well on my way to reaching my health goals. I had been on my program for about five months when I needed a new dress for an event my husband and I would be attending. We agreed on the budget I’d use for my shopping trip and I was on my way – alone…no kids in tow…no time limit. After carefully selecting stylish items to try on and a few extras from a clearance rack, I found myself in the dressing room with two arms full of clothes. Have you ever experienced that feeling when you find just the right outfit in the size you estimate will fit only to find out when you get in the dressing room that you underestimated how much those extra 10-15 pounds impact your clothes size? Well, I’d spent a decade or two experiencing that feeling every time I entered a dressing room. But on this particular day, the tables were turned! From what I recall, every piece of clothing I entered with fit and many were size small! It was an unbelievable experience! I recalled our agreed upon budget and critically examined all my treasure. I had my “needed” items and a few “wants.” I gathered my bounty and after paying I headed home. When I began showing my husband all my goodies, he knew this was a bit more than our agreed upon limit. What came out of my mouth next was a clear revelation that I had not even considered prior to this conversation – but I somehow knew the feeling had existed within me for years. As I held my outfits, I defended my purchase by saying, “You don’t understand…for years when I entered a dressing room the clothes chose me. Tonight, I got to choose what clothes I wanted!” He hugged me and told me he was proud of me. You see, before I began my journey, I could never imagine a day where I would have entered a dressing room and had a variety of clothes to choose from – especially in sizes smaller than an XL or in some cases XXL.
Getting healthy has a cost. Sometimes it truly is a financial cost. But other times the emotional cost of not changing is so much more. What is being unhealthy costing you emotionally? Is it worth it or would you like to change your habits? I’d certainly like to help you develop a plan to help you achieve your health goals. Why not today? There’s a dressing room waiting on you to take control!