Every body has a story.
My transformational journey began like everyone else’s – one defining moment and a single step forward.
It was the unseasonably warm Thanksgiving weekend of 2008 in New York City. I was at the tail end of a long-term relationship with a weary soul and broken spirit. The reflection in the mirror was a shadow of my former self – 220 pounds and missing my sparkle.
I was there for work and I was exhausted, yet I couldn’t help being seduced by the city. I left my laptop at the hotel and started exploring – 5th Avenue, Broadway, Ground Zero, Central Park. But it was at a Madonna concert at Madison Square Gardens when the moment occurred. In the midst of 20,000 frenzied fans I suddenly realized what had been missing… for at least a year I had been simply going through the motions instead of feeling full of life. I did not want life to keep passing by. I did not want to feel like I had lost apiece of myself. I did not want to look the way I did.
Sounds simple, right? But life rarely is. The next morning, sitting by myself in Central Park, I did some soul searching. I finally started to face the harsh reality of what obstacles stood in my way and what decisions had to be made to move forward and turn my life around. I had to come to terms with the fact that I played a central role in creating those barriers, particularly when it came to losing weight. As scary as it was, it was time to step outside my comfort zone and just go for it.
On my last day in New York, I took the first step forward in reclaiming myself. I walked 45 city blocks with determination. I joined a weight loss program the next week and never looked back.
That first step led me towards a 96-pound weight loss within a year and I am now a competitive figure athlete. I would never have believed it if someone had told me that day in Central Park that I would be entering fitness competitions.
Yes, there have been bumps along the way but I’ve never felt happier.
Thick & Thin
The expression Thick & Thin, usually means, “pushing through all forms of obstacles that are put in one’s way.” I am often asked what made the journey successful, what motivates me to continue and how is it possible to maintain. This has inspired the creation of Thick & Thin and once again I am at another defining moment outside my comfort zone. It is not going to be easy putting myself out there to the blogosphere but I am committed to being fully honest about my journey and I am hoping my story will help others who are embarking on a life change.
In sharing our experiences, challenges and successes, I hope we can inspire and motivate each other to dodge the daily curveballs. It’s a reminder to never give up because if you expect something of yourself, you can achieve it.
I have no regrets, just battle scars of experience that have now become life learning. My only wish is that my grandfather was still with me to witness the accomplishments of the last three years. This first post is dedicated to him. I like to think I inherited his strength, grit and resolve.
Stepping outside your comfort zone isn’t a bad thing. It’s where new beginnings lie. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? In the words of my good friend Hugh MacPhie, “deliver on the promise of what you could become.”Next