I thought I’d mention I’ve now gotten rid of nearly 50 lbs. since August. I say good riddance!
Notice I didn’t say “lost” because they will never find me again. I’m making a conscious effort at decisive choices that will benefit me. This has nothing to do with shame, recriminations or because I am somehow less than unless I do or look like A, B or C.
I simply decided to put down my load and believe fully in myself. It doesn’t mean my life is problem-free but I finally realized I was never going to be in a place where I could comfortably say I was “ready” to tackle making these final changes that have long been overdue. I’d be waiting for that “exhale” moment forever and life would continue to pass me by along with certain opportunities that I couldn’t take full advantage of.
That meant taking responsibility for all of my choices and how I reacted to obstacles. There is no perfection, only sustained and positive efforts to move forward! In many ways these changes are remarkably uneventful and I’m learning a lot about myself as I’m being reintroduced to things I’ve set aside.
This change can manifest itself in many different ways, but this was an obvious place to start (for me). Other women may have their own loads and belief systems to adjust. I am likely to discuss this process and what made me do a complete 360 early next year but for now I’m taking it one moment at a time with a daily focus.
There were a combination of factors at play but I have to admit one celebrity’s actions were encouraging. I just didn’t realize how much until I wrote this.
Let’s watch the Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers video again. Didn’t she say she turned CAN’T into CAN? This isn’t an endorsement for one company but I thought hiring her as their spokesperson was a brilliant move at the time and the ad campaign was written from a place of empowerment instead of the “my life sucked until I joined blah blah blah”.
Yup, she sure did.
What’s stopping YOU from boldly declaring you can go where no other black woman has ever gone before? Fear? Lack of foresight? No initiative? Thinking you’ll always have tomorrow? Oh and you over there hiding under the rock: Are you a woman or a potato?