Do you ever ask yourself that question? Many of us either do, or have. I know I did. It doesn't happen overnight, but it seems we just wake up one day and wonder, "How did this happen? How did I get this way?"
I was very active and fit as a teenager in high school. But after school, I got a desk job (not very active!) and eventually went on to having 6 children. Long story short... although I was quite busy, I didn't exercise regularly enough, and wasn't diligent enough in watching what I ate. I tried to keep fairly active and eat reasonably healthy, but a bit of extra weight started to creep up on me over the years, little by little.
One day, I decided, "No more. Enough is enough. I've been trying to lose weight, and it hasn't been working. But I'm definitely NOT going to gain anymore!" I made a decision to get more active and be more careful of how much I ate (without dieting). Over a few years I lost about 15 pounds. It was slow progress, but I was happy to be headed down instead of up. But when I had 20 pounds left to go, I hit my plateau. Everything I read says... "The last 20 pounds is the hardest to lose. Your body doesn't like to give it up. It's a cushion for famine. It's also harder to lose weight once you are middle age. Yada, yada, yada." So I took the easy way out and gave up on losing more weight, just accepting where I was as a fact of life. I decided to make sure I didn't gain anymore back, and concentrate on being healthy and active as I continue to get older.
Then I suffered injuries to both of my knees in a backcountry skiing accident that left me barely able to walk for a couple of months before starting physical therapy to get my mobility back. It was four months before I was mostly back to normal. At the same time, my mother told me dementia runs in the family. When I looked up what to do for prevention, I found regular exercise at the top of the list. So I made my decision to sign up at the gym and get serious about my health once and for all. No more on again, off again with my exercise. This was a commitment to exercise for life this time.
To my surprise, after a few months of staying dedicated to my routine and watching what I ate again, I fell off of my plateau and started getting slimmer again. I had more energy and felt great! I intensified my routine and managed my calorie intake, putting more of my fitness "knowledge" into "practice". I started to see that losing ALL of the weight I wanted to lose was a real possibility, and I was stoked. The ball was rolling. After about another 3 months, I had finished losing the rest of that 20 pounds and was back to my high school sized clothes. It felt unbelievable! Success is sweet!
The benefits of losing weight and getting fit have been so much more than just how I look and what size of clothes I wear. But that's another post. I just want to say, that if you feel like I did, wondering how you got to where you are... just know you are not alone. And I want you to know that if you don't want to stay there, you don't have to! There is hope, and there is possibility. You just have to know what to do, and stay dedicated to doing it. If you need help with either of these two factors (or both), contact me about my coaching options. I can help you, if you are ready to help yourself. With or without my help... reach for it. You can do it! :)