Every achievement begins with a decision
At the start of 2014, when I took early retirement, one of my goals was to address my lifelong weight management issues. Previously I had been successful at losing weight only to find, as time went by, that bad habits would return and I would end up heavier than I had ever been. With a family history of diabetes, and health concerns of my own, it was evident that I needed to do something soon!
I began the year quite well, eating more wisely and walking my dog regularly. However, as winter approached, I found myself finding excuses. Procrastination was high on my list. My low point came in June. When asked by my specialist how I was going with daily exercise, I had to admit that it was “not happening”. I left that appointment extremely disappointed in myself, with a strong desire to have something decadent to eat on the way home. Fortunately, I did not succumb to this desire and instead made the decision to join Curves, having previously been told by a work colleague how beneficial it had been for her.
Here I am now, having celebrated my 12-month anniversary, 26 kg closer to a healthier weight. I have dropped 3-4 dress sizes and, when clothes shopping, no longer need to look in the ‘Plus’ section. Yeah! My increase in energy means I comfortably average 15,000 steps a day. I even plan my day’s schedule around my daily walks and Curves sessions. Who would have thought this was possible?
Has the year been easy? When I started, I struggled to even manage 5,000 steps a day. The thirty seconds on the machines seemed to end before I had even managed a few repetitions. How was I going to drink 2 litres of water, without including my endless cups of tea and coffee? I had to bribe myself to make sure that I came to four Curves sessions each week.
How did I manage it? I had to keep the end in sight and not always focus on the numbers on the scales. In particular, it helped to remember where I had come from. I tried each week to do better than I had done the week before, whether it was adhering to the meal plan, daily steps or repetitions on the machines. It was also important for me not to be too hard on myself when other factors, such as abdominal surgery and an extended stay with my sister, prevented me from achieving my weekly or monthly goals. I just had to readjust my plan accordingly.
Has it been worth it? In one word, certainly! My body thanks me. I have regained both strength and the range of movement that a sedentary lifestyle was stealing away from me. I have significantly lowered my blood pressure and my metabolism has improved considerably.
I know that, with the help of Curves, I have made lifestyle changes that will enable me to not only lose the remaining weight, but to also maintain it long-term. I am so confident of this fact that I have already given away my ‘fat’ clothes.