It’s now December and another year has almost come and gone. New Year’s is always a time for resolutions, worthy goals set for the upcoming year in the hopes of an ever better life than the one we’d been living. A great thing to do before the New Year comes is to reflect back on the resolutions you’d made for the past year and deem whether or not you’ve achieved your goals.
One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions has to do with weight loss. Far too many of us in this world have a few more extra pounds than we really need and let’s face it, losing weight does wonders to our self-esteem and overall well being. Dropping excess weight is always one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.
A long, long time ago, I used to be heavy. At my highest, when I was 15, I weighed over 250 pounds. Though I never reached that weight again, I’ve always struggled with my appearance. Up until about four years ago, I’d always had the tendency to lose and gain weight on a regular basis. At times I could have been considered skinny and more often I was a chubster. I look back at pictures of myself from as recently as 2006 and I see that overweight person I’ve always felt like. Back then I’d made a decision to lose the weight permanently and in January of 2010, I was in for the home stretch.
Back towards the end of 2006 I’d decided to join a yoga class. It was during one of those classes that I had an epiphany. I was speaking with a fellow classmate who turned me on to a TV show I had seen before, but never paid attention to. The show was called “Gilad’s Bodies in Motion” (check out a piece on it here) and it changed my life forever.
I started watching the show and following the exercises five time a week. It was easy enough because, for one thing, I could do it at home and also with the commercials it was only about twenty minutes of working out. But for the first time in my life I was doing something serious about getting in shape.
After a few weeks, people started noticing that I was losing weight. I started to notice, too, as my clothes began to get a little big on me. My self esteem began to blossom. Things in my life became just a little brighter. Through the months and years since I started working out to “Bodies in Motion” I’ve learned a lot of lessons, most importantly that slow and steady does indeed win the race!
Armed with this newfound confidence, I automatically focused on other ways of keeping myself fit (take a look at Want to Lose Weight? Forget the Word “Diet”!) and I learned that the only way for me to maintain a good weight was a combination of eating smarter and making sure to get some sort of exercise on a regular basis.
When I began this journey in late 2006, I weighed a portly 220 pounds. By the time I reached New Year’s 2010, I’d gone down to about 190, but I wasn’t satisfied. My New Year’s resolution this year was to a point where I feel good about my appearance, once and for all. I set the goal to continue doing what I’d been doing: eating better and getting exercise, and I knew eventually it would come. That’s all there is to it! Today, I weigh a healthy 175 pounds. I look better than I have my whole life and I feel better about myself than I ever did before. It’s that simple!
For more on weight loss and dieting, check out:
Gilad’s Bodies in Motion
Want to Lose Weight? Forget the Word “Diet”