Sometime after leaving the gym yesterday and the ride home, I got sick. I’ve been down and out and haven’t been able to eat anything. I woke up this morning feeling a little bit out of whack but I’m hanging in there right now. Thank you to everyone sending me the well wishes. I think I’m on the mend.
This past weekend, Willie and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been married for six years because a lot of things have changed. Our wedding anniversary coincides with what people are now calling our “get fit pact.” On January 6, 2011, Willie and decided to make a healthy change for the better as our gift to each other.
We started off the day with a little workout before we went on to celebrate our special day.
We were gifting the chance of a future for both us. I can’t believe how far we’ve come and how things are different. Sometimes I can’t believe we are living this life. It’s a blessing. Willie and I did lose weight together. It made our relationship stronger because we were a team. It made our friendship stronger because we gained a lot of respect for each other. It made us better people because we fought for something we wanted. It changed us, together and apart.
I don’t want people to think our weight loss journey would have been impossible without each other because it wouldn’t have been that way at all. We know everyone doesn’t have that support system like we did. In some ways it made it easier because I had someone there to go through the experience with me. We talked about things and pushed each other. In other ways it was hard, there was fear of disappointing each other and having someone bark at you when you slipped up and didn’t want to go to the gym. But I’m telling you accountability can be found anywhere. I posted my workouts on the internet so people would know I was working out. Willie posted and still continues to post his weight loss or weight gain on the internet so he can’t hide from it. People at the gym would look for us and if we weren’t there would wonder why.
It is possible for one moment to completely change your life and it can happen to you too. Hard work and determination can take you very far in life. It will take some time and effort but it can be accomplished. A lot of us are taking on the task of living a healthier life and I want you to know it’s not impossible. You can make a healthy change.
It will be uncomfortable at the beginning. It is going to push you out of your comfort zone. But really what it’s about is reshaping your priorities. It’s about letting those little things that dangle at the bottom of our priority list fall off the list to make room for something better. For me, I realized I spent a LOT of time watching television. I had nights carved out for this but as life began to change this changed too. Watching television wasn’t the main event in my life when I decided it was time to make room for something else. I still watch television, don’t get me wrong. I can be found tweeting about it on the regular but the time I used to watch television has been lessened or something I do while I meal prep or prepare my calendar for the week.
There are some other things I dropped too like the time I wasted on the internet or just doing some mindless activities. I challenge you to write down how every minute of your day is accounted for during a week and I promise you can find some time to make health and fitness a priority. It doesn’t take much of a commitment but it does take one. Make it fit into your life so you can start developing those healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
That means you might only be able to squeeze in a workout 3 times a week for 45 minutes or 5 20 minute workouts a week. Or it may mean you don’t have several hours to commit to meal prepping in one day so you might need to split it over two days. Change is about making it work for you, challenging yourself and pushing you into new territory. Don’t let the fear of change stop you in your tracks. I’ve said it many times, there is no change without change. Here is your chance.