Many of us struggle with our weight. I was a normal size child and a chunky adolescent and teen. My mom took me to Weight Watchers with her when I was 11. I don’t blame her, she struggled with her weight and did not want the same for me. From that young age, my thoughts and feelings about my body and my weight have had an impact on how I live my life.
I am now an adult, comfortable in my own skin (most days) and have so much planned for my life. I have a great career, a wonderful family, amazing friends and I will start a business this year. I am not interested in this weight story being at the forefront of any of it. I don’t want weight to dictate how confident I feel at work, how often I want to be around friends, if I like getting dressed, how I will feel in my bathing suit or what I should or should not eat. Losing this story (pun intended) will “Make Space” in my mind and body and allow me to focus on all of the wonderful things that are my life, without weight being a factor.
I want to live a naturally thin life and I have never believed that was possible for me. That is until I read two books that changed things for me and neither are books about losing weight.
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, helped me understand that small changes, compounded over time, lead to big outcomes. That was both good and bad news. The good news was I never again had to make grandiose gestures to start a new program, all of which ended up failing. The bad news was I never again had to make grandiose gestures to start a new program – procrastination around starting a new program was always my thing…start Monday, start on January 1, start on my birthday.
Gretchen Rubin’s, Better Than Before, explains the power of changing habits, small or big and some great strategies for how to do this successfully.
SO, this time, my friends, I am not focused on weight and I AM focused on wearing these CUTE shorts this spring and summer and I will do it all by focusing on one small change a week that over the next 20 weeks will compound into a big change!
Whether you have 5 or 100 pounds to lose, I hope you will join me on this journey to Make Space for our best lives! See you Monday morning for the first Making Space change challenge!