For the past couple of months I've done just that. Why? It's hard to say. I reached a state of comfortable laziness. A state of complacency. It may have been the seasonal change in weather; however, being that I live in Southern California where we are at a fully thawed out temp of 65-77 on most days, I can't bring myself to "blame it on rain. yeah, yeah." (Milli Vanilli, anyone?) To be honest, I really don't know how I got to that state. My only reasoning is laziness. Routine laziness.
So what changed?
On a whim I decided to enter a Facebook contest to win an entry into Mama Laughlin's DietBet.
I knew that the new year was looming and I knew that there were things I needed to address. Every year I make a long list of resolutions/goals. 2015 was no different but I decided to not be as ceremonious about it. With all of the New Year's resolution hoopla making it's way around, I wanted to take a more subtle approach. This first of the year, I was planning on keeping my cards a little closer to my chest.
Anyone that has known me for a handful of years, or longer, knows that weight loss has always been a goal of mine. I've tried a lot of things and they didn't work. This year when I was thinking about resolutions, my first instinct was to omit the token weight loss goal. I was tired of setting myself up for failure. Failure because I never gave it a real shot. Never kept working, even when it got hard. One hiccup would come my way and I'd quit.
As I was scrolling through Facebook one evening, I found a post from Mama Laughlin (Awesome lady and blogger, check her out) that she was hosting a DietBet. She was giving away three free entries. To enter you had to leave a comment on the post stating what your goal was for 2015 and how you were going to achieve it. I sat there staring at the screen for awhile. Should I? If I entered, I knew I would win. Sounds cocky, but I just felt like it was going to happen. If I won, I'd have to make weight loss a goal for 2015. Just then my phone went dark and I could see my reflection. I looked old, blotchy, and swollen. Everything I had been wanting to hide on the inside was obviously showing on the outside. Hiding wasn't an option anymore. So I did it. I entered her giveaway. I laid myself out there to be vulnerable. Luckily, my instinct was right and I won a free entry to her DietBet.
When January 1st hit, I expected to wake up different. I didn't. Truth is, the moment I decided to enter the giveaway, I was different. It was a clear decision. A decision for a #BodyTakeover and #MindMakeover. It's been a month, 31 days exactly, and the biggest struggle I have is with the voice in my head.
In case you are wondering if I won the DietBet, let me just put this right here:
I'll see your eight pounds and raise you three! That's right, I crushed it with a 11.6 pound weight loss. I feel tighter and walk a little taller. This is just month one. Let's see what February has in store. February better watch out!
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