Occasionally I get emails that really make me stop and think about my journey. Recently, I got an email from someone who said she wanted to do the 5K Run/Walk with me, but was scared. It took me a while to think about what to say to her.
In a weight loss journey, do you have to be brave?
I don't feel particularly brave.
I'm just a girl trying to make a change. This isn't out of desire or vanity, this is out of necessity. Necessity for life, for living, for health, for myself.
Making a choice to live versus die isn't brave, it's logical. At least, right now it seems logical. It took me years of wading through a brain full of fog to figure out, DUH, it is logical!
I don't think that people who aren't ready to take a journey aren't brave. I just think they haven't figured it out. I went years without “figuring it out,” as I'm sure many of you have. Nothing wrong with that. And nothing wrong with saying so, either.
There are many times that I thought I'd figured it out, when I hadn't even scratched the surface of what I actually needed to DO in order to be successful. I'm not talking just “eat right and exercise-” that is the easy part. The hard part is figuring out the WHYs behind the weight:
- Why do I overeat? Binge? Hide food?
- Why do I not feel worthy of living my life?
- Why do I not want to be active?
- Why am I living my life in fear of what others think?
- Why do I feel unworthy?
- Why am I so scared of exercise?
Seriously- I could go on and on forever. Do I know all the answers to those questions right now? NO! Do you need them to start your journey? NO!
In the end, the only way you can get started is to take one step. Just one. Then another. And another. That's all you should ask of yourself, as you'll learn something from each one of those steps.
No matter where you are in your journey right now, I just want to ask one favor: take a step with me.