The photo on the left is of me on the red carpet at an event in May 2014.
- I was three months into Nutrisystem and down about 15 pounds.
- Exercise still eluded me. I hated exercise. I refused to do it.
- I was pleased with the direction I was going …but frustrated by how long it was taking to see progress.
On the right, I am on another red carpet a few months later.
From the start, I was on Nutrisystem for one reason: realizing portion control. Before that, every size package was a “single serve” to me. I am forever grateful to Nutrisystem for getting me on the right track and keeping me motivated with everything from teddy bears to food/water/exercise journals. I weaned myself off their plan and created my own. I still eat everything…just not all of it.
About a week after the pic on the left was taken, I incorporated exercise into my daily life. I remember clearly my first time on the f*ckin elliptical. I barely got through 5 minutes at the lowest possible setting. It was the f*ckin elliptical’s first attempt on my life. I seriously thought I was going to die and swore that I would never be able to use that machine. After a few weeks of doing an hour of cardio on the recumbent stationary bike, I decided to try the f*ckin elliptical again. I got through 10 minutes on the lowest possible setting and was the second attempt on my life…but it didn’t kill me. That day I decided that every week, I would add another 10 minutes. Once I got to 30 minutes, I decided that I would challenge myself to raise the level bi-weekly. I’m at level 18 now. Soon I’ll have to think of another challenge and the f*ckin elliptical will have to figure out a new way to kill me…because so far I’ve lived even when I felt like I was gonna die. I still hate exercising. I do it anyway because I love the results.
The progress I made is beyond my wildest dreams. While I haven’t achieved all my goals, I know that it is possible and that once goals are realized, part of the celebration is that you continue to raise the bar for yourself.
My bottom line: It’s worth it to do what you hate to get to where you want to be.