It all started with a decision, exactly a year ago. That is when I started my commitment to fitness. Although I have been an Olympic diver and had been in great shape, after 2 kids and 17 years in retirement, I had let myself slip. My wakeup call was when there was a chance for a sports based reality show in the Netherlands and I realized that I didn’t want to be seen on TV 20 lbs overweight and totally out of shape.
So I made the decision. And that is really all it took. From one day to the next, I was committed to losing weight and being fit. I started lifting weights 3x per week and doing cardio 3x per week, alternating the two. Exercise was a priority and I found out quickly that I had to do it first thing in the morning when the kids were in school. I started eating healthy, cutting down on my carbs, especially the unrefined and the sugary kinds and added more protein. I tracked what I ate and made sure I ate much less than I burned.
It was hard and discouraging at times. I lost 5 lbs in the first 3 weeks and not a single ounce in the next three weeks. Although I knew I was doing the right things and that muscle weighs more than fat, it was still frustrating. Thankfully, when I voiced my frustrations to my friends (in person and on Facebook), they encouraged me and told me to keep going.
Exactly a year later, I have not only lost 20lbs, but I am more fit and in shape than at any time since I retired from diving. I have my first bikini in 17 years and the confidence to wear it. (No, pictures will NOT be posted!) The health benefits are beyond measure and a whole other post in itself. Exercise is still a priority although I have leveled off to interval training (weights and cardio) only 3 x per week. I can eat what I want to a certain extend and know if I gain a pound, it will come off quickly.
My journey to fitness made me realize that I can do anything. I just have to make it a priority, commit myself to it 100% and be persistent. I know now that yes, I can grow my business into the premier workshop and event planning/mentoring business for coaches and service professionals. I made the decision and I am committed. I’ll let you know the results next year.
Do you think a decision to commit is all it takes? What are you committed to? What is your success story? Please share it in the comments.