By Carol Lake
My transformation began with a commitment to change, and a real look in the mirror. About 5 months ago I was not happy with the current condition of my body. I needed to get motivated to make a change. Often times in the past I would get motivated and inspired by others but that wasn’t enough. I needed something lasting. Something that would motivate me to walk away from the sabotaging bad habits and quick fixes!
For me, that motivation came in the form of three things: “Commitment”, “Finding My Why” and “Photos”. I began with making a commitment to myself to incorporate regular exercise and healthier eating choices. I knew right away I couldn’t do this alone. I needed to be held accountable and I needed a solid plan. I reached out to my friend and my former fitness coach Walter Lewis. I knew if anyone could help me reach my potential it would be him. Because 10 years ago, he trained and help me lose 40 lbs. So now I’m back.
Walter customized a eating and exercise plan for me based on my specific challenges. I have arthritis in my knees which put’s some limitations on certain exercises I am able to perform. Even though, I had made the commitment to make a change and I had the motivation to start. Often times I would get discouraged along the way with my own internal struggles.
I knew it wasn’t going to be easy until one assignment given to me was to “Find My Why”. For me, identifying the reasons why I wanted to lose weight was a break through moment. It forced me to look beyond the surface and discover my truth! By searching deeper, I found for me that it’s not just about the numbers on the scale or the size of my clothes. It’s about taking one day at a time and renewing my commitment to stay on course, never quitting, and learning how to be patient with myself. With this in mind, I continue to be successful in ridding myself of sabotaging bad eating habits, little to no exercise and quick fixes in exchange for clean eating and exercising at least 5 times per week.
I’m turning 54 this year and I’m now challenging myself to new things that I find fun and exciting like (i.e. hiking, 5k’s, boot camp and aqua spinning). As of today, I have lost nearly 20 lbs. and I feel great! I often look back at my before photos as a reminder of my success and to help me stay motivated. My mind is truly transformed and my body continues to transform. My commitment is and continues to be a continuous process and to me that is SUCCESS!