A couple of days ago I celebrated my 58th birthday. One year ago I could never have imagined what life would be like at 58; I was overweight, unhappy, my cholesterol was frighteningly high, and my self-confidence was at an all time low. Most of the clothes in my closet didn’t fit and I was starting to bust out of the ones that did. I didn’t like what I saw when I looked in the mirror.
I believed that I was just going to be a big woman because that’s what happens when you get older. I thought that menopause and hormones would keep me huge; after all, wasn’t it normal to hold on to weight after menopause? I learned that those beliefs were called ‘limiting beliefs’, and they were!
On April 25th, 2011, I decided to take myself seriously and get healthy; as long as I was sitting in my chair, it was just not going to happen. I started my Transformation on that day, became accountable and joined a group on Transformation.com. As I connected with the them and did my assignments, I started to realize just how much inner work I needed to do. The exercise and nutrition were the easy parts.
When I did step 8 in week 8, it was a turning point for me. Forgiveness changed my heart, and each subsequent day after that event made me feel lighter both inside and out.
Through good nutrition and exercise, I lowered my cholesterol into a healthy range. When I went to the Dr for the blood test results she was grinning from ear to ear; just couldn’t wipe the smile off her face. Yay!
I became 14 lbs lighter.
Another goal was to wear my brown dress that has been hanging in my closet for years but was way too small. I wore it to a wedding on August 6th!
Another goal was to be asked to speak in public, to accept, and to do it. I was asked to speak to the Newcomers Club about quilting, and I did it four days ago, in front of 50 people, with flourish, flamboyance and finesse!
My personal relationships have improved immensely ever since I gave up the responsibility for outcomes. Now I do my part, and the outcome is not up to me.
I have found myself opening up to my group and not being afraid to participate. Actually this is the first time I have ever stuck with something for this long.
I ran. I never thought I could run before, but now I am up to 8 minutes without stopping and I have walked / run 2 miles, outside.
Basically I was in a victim mindset before and now I have taken responsibility for my health and life. I’ve become a happy and positive person and I like myself. That’s BIG!
And so tomorrow I will start my second 18 week transformation, with new goals and new mountains to climb…..stay tuned!