My 65 Pound Weight Loss Journey (and how it relates to business)…
As I write this I have tears in my eyes. I have battled my weight for over 10 years–and while some would conclude this statement with “…and I finally won”, I would instead say, “I am winning every day”. I will never be done eating healthy, exercising, and disciplining myself to healthy habits daily. Truth be told, I’d like to lose about ten more pounds–but for the first time in a long time, I can say that I’m content with where I am at on my journey, and know that I will get there–with time, and daily discipline. I’ve worked so hard–but the results are worth it. I’m wearing cute dresses (and I love girly clothes)–hallelujah! And I no longer have the looming thoughts of being disappointed in myself. I am free in my mind in this area–with all of the good things going on in my life I finally decided that I no longer have time for any negative recurring thought in my mind. I’ve conquered so much in my 32 years–it was time that I conquered my health and my weight.
People have asked so many times–“what is your secret?” The truth be told–there is no secret! I was over 200 pounds 10 years ago. I did Weight Watchers and Curves (exercise) consistently–I got down to 165 pounds. I then stalled. I got more disciplined in the quality of my food and started working out at a gym–consistently. I got down to another 10 pounds. I stalled. I then got really serious. I started seeing a nutritionist who has me eating REAL, clean food–exercising with a trainer for accountability and consistency–and I am tracking my food, exercise, and water intake EVERY SINGLE DAY. I weigh myself each day too–so I have no room for denial (I used to make excuses — “Who dried my jeans? I don’t know why they are getting so tight!”) There is no secret–the answer lies in hard work, daily effort, and consistent activity over time. I never gave up! It wasn’t easy, but it’s so worth it!
The same is true with my business–people ask many times– “what is the secret to your success?” The truth be told–there is no secret! I started my business as a broke, shy, young kindergarten teacher–with no network, and I was in a business of networking! I poured a lot of time into professional development, and I got out and did the work–even when I was shy, scared, and afraid! I went to networking events–ALONE! I made a few phone calls–EVERY DAY! Just like weight loss, I was focused on daily activity (a few new contacts every day), I was tracking my results by making daily notes in my planner, and did consistent activity over a long period of time (7 years!) Success did not happen over night! In fact, I used to cry wondering when I’d ever make enough to match my teacher’s income ($1,100 every two weeks–of which I had to pay for school supplies out of that budget!) Today? I was recently named our company’s very first 5 million dollar circle achiever. Was it easy? NO! Was it worth it? You bet! Now I can live more, give more, and experience life more–all while being 65 pounds lighter (*smile!)
Enough about me…let’s talk about you…
What do you need to conquer during this season of your life? What are those looming thoughts you need to tackle? Is it weight loss? Is it success in your business? You only have one precious life–and you deserve to live more, give more, love more, and experience the best of life more. It’s time to tackle these obstacles and pursue your victory–every single day! Set your “Big goal” for yourself–then break it down into daily activity–what do you need to do to get there? Whose help do you need?
Maybe you need an accountability partner working toward a similar goal? If it’s weight loss, join the gym together–split a training package–go to Weight Watchers as a team. If it is a business goal, find anyone in your company (I don’t care if they are on your team or not). Agree to check in with each other weekly and ask each other: “how many calls did you make this week? Who is your hottest prospect, and how can I help you close them?” Agree to be “results oriented”, positive, collaborative, solution-oriented, and encouraging. People think they need to “work with a leader” to be successful–and that’s not the case. Like weight loss- YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO DO! It’s about working with someone who is going for the same goals, and doing consistent activity–every single day. Let’s consider weight loss for a moment–I’m not going running with my marathon-running buddy Stephanie Goetz (heck, I don’t run unless someone is chasing me). Do I aspire to be fit like her? YES! But I have to start somewhere– and initially that was at a local Curves gym with a friend working at my pace. Find your partner, start today!
Today is your day. You are seeing this for a reason. Don’t let one more day go by–one more looming thought go through your mind. Set the goal. Write it down (NOW!) Break that big goal into monthly goals–then break that into daily activity goals for what you need to do to get there. Find an accountability partner and go through the program together. Give yourself the time it takes. Never quit. YOU DESERVE TO LOVE YOUR LIFE AND HAVE VICTORY!!!
No secrets–daily activity, consistency, over time… I heard this quote yesterday and I loved it–“Success is never owned, it is rented, and the rent is due every single day! “- Rory Vaden
If I could reach through this screen right now and hug you–I would. I love you enough to post this “Before” picture–I literally had to dig through my home to find a picture of me at my heaviest. I never took pictures, and the ones I had, I hid. But I love you enough to share my long and sometimes painful journey with you (it took 10 years to loose the weight)–Today I simply want to encourage you–that if I can do it (weight loss- over ten years, business success- over 7 years), SO CAN YOU! You are beautiful, you are capable, you are MORE THAN A CONQUERER! As my mentor the late Christian Diaz would say, “You are exceptional, and bound for greatness!” #LetsDoThis!
PS- if your goal is business related, find an accountability and take (or re-take) my 30 day challenge. It’s simple activities you can do together every single day–and share your results. If you keep doing this over time, it is possible to build a business you are proud of if you give it the time it takes–and put forth effort (and follow the challenge EVERY SINGLE DAY!)
Well, my heart is pounding. It’s time to press “submit”. I have to admit–I’m scared. But it’s time…sometimes we have to “do it afraid”. Other people’s blessings are tied to our obedience. I hope this blesses you! If it did, give me a “virtual thumbs up” (a “like”), comment below, and please “share” this with a friend who needs it. I love you rock stars! XO
To view more before-and afters (or to view on a mobile device) check out the album on my FB page HERE.
PSPS- I took these my “after” pictures in honor of mine & Phil’s 10 year anniversary together and my 65 pound celebration! (wasn’t Phil a little cutie?!” (photo cred: Jessica Hanning)
To see more before-and afters you can visit my FB page HERE.
*PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO POST WEIGHT LOSS OR NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS, OR OPPORTUNITIES. THIS BLOG IS NOT FOR SELLING–IT IS FOR EDUCATING. Comments below should remain generic in nature, please…and thanks! XO
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