It’s NEVER Too Late!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog, Health, Lifestyle | 0 comments

It’s NEVER Too Late!

Being overweight, out of shape, or more than a little “pudgy,” can feel like a demoralizing place to be. Your pride and ego can take a major hit, maybe your clothes don’t fit like they used to, and maybe you don’t have the energy you wish you had. At least that’s how I felt. I’ve been pregnant twice and both times I put on more weight than my doctor recommended. I dug myself a deep hole during those nine months (both times!) and it took a lot of hard work, motivation, and diligence to burn that weight off!

But there were so many days where I would step on the scale that I just felt defeated. And truthfully, when I looked at myself in the mirror, I didn’t recognize the girl staring back at me. The girl I knew loved working out, stuck to a relatively clean eating program, had a lot of energy to go out and do things, and most importantly, had confidence. But the new person staring back at me lacked all of those things.

Now I wasn’t obese by any means, but I would say I fell into the “out of shape” and “more than a little pudgy” category. I knew I would get back to my former self, but I also knew it was going to take a while. Weight loss isn’t an overnight process. Nobody just magically wakes up 50, 75, or even 100 lbs lighter. Those kind of success stories take MONTHS, maybe even a whole YEAR to come true. But if you work hard and are honest with your diet and exercise routine, you WILL succeed.

There’s a show on tv called “Obese: A Year To Save My Life” which follows trainer Chris Powell as he seeks to show morbidly obese individuals (I’m talking men and women who weigh anywhere from 300-450 lbs) how to eat clean, workout, and ultimately change their lives. Each episode follows one person’s journey over the course of a year, and captures all the rough moments and bumps along the way, but also the victory jump they all do by the end of the twelve long grueling months. What makes this show stand out in my opinion, over shows like “The Biggest Loser,” is that Chris travels to THEM rather than bringing them to a decked out weightloss ranch with personal chefs. He helps them work out in their own home, in their own environment. He gives them one on one personal training for the first three months, and then leaves them for the next three. This way they figure it out for themselves and learn how to do everything on their own. It’s a realistic approach, I believe, in helping these people save their own lives and overcome their food addiction. And the best part of it all? Money is not the reward. You’re not seeing people at the finale grossly UNDERweight because they want that money prize, but rather people at a HEALTHY weight because that was the main goal for them all along.there-it-is

It’s such an uplifting show to watch and really makes you think, “If THEY can do it all by themselves, no surgery, no personal chefs, just them and their sheer desire to get healthy and lose weight, then I can too!”

Watching REALISTIC programs like this can really help motivate people who may think it’s too late for them. No one is ever too far gone to change their life or too far past the point of seeking help. Like I said before, it’s not all going to happen in one night and not everything is going to magically fall into place all at once. Recognizing that you need to make a change in your life is the first step. And once you admit that it will be a lot easier for everything to come together. Just remember that it’s never too late to start. I don’t care if you have just had a baby (or even two like me) and probably indulged in food a little too often, maybe you’ve put on that freshman 15, newlywed weight, or a maybe you have some health issues…whatever the reason, don’t give up, but rather GET UP, and start right now. There’s no better day than today to start getting healthy and fit.motivational-fitness-pictures-and-quotes-21

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