I was searching through my computer for something last week and somehow or another came across this old photo of myself. Well, not that old actually; 2008 or 9. I was in my apartment in NYC. Lord knows why I took it. Probably for some dating website (shudder). Honestly it stopped me in my tracks – like being smacked in the face. I was probably around 270 pounds. Today the scale reads 211. The difference is shocking, even for me. Truth be told I’d forgotten. I have been so focused on where I want to be and how much further I want to go that I completely forgot how far I’ve come. When I saw that picture, for a brief moment I remembered what it was like to have all that extra weight on my body – I actually felt it. I’m getting chills just typing this.
I wanted to share this with you all because I think it’s important for all of us to take a moment and remember where we’ve come from, whatever our journey might be (weight, addiction, career, etc). And, even more importantly, we have to use these moments to empower ourselves. If we’ve come this far, just think of how much further we are capable of going. It’s so easy to convince ourselves that all the speed bumps and potholes we encounter are actually lava-filled canyons or craggy unsurpassable mountains. No. We are not Frodo. This is not Mordor. We can handle it.
This was my first week back at boot camp. This time it’s at night, 6pm Mon – Thurs, 1030am Saturday. A MUCH more suitable timeline for me. Because of my new job (more on that soon) I haven’t exercised in months. Time to get serious. Stay tuned.