So....I really debated this. For weeks, really. What is it about weight loss that makes people shy about sharing their story while it's in progress? No one has a problem sharing it once the weight has been shed. They crow about it! They are so proud! (And rightly so!)
But there is something about the vulnerability of sharing a weight loss journey that is "in progress." "What if I fail?" you might wonder. "What if I go off track?" Well, I think people need to know if/when you go off track. (You never fail unless you quit. You can always get on the right path again.) It shows you're human, and that stumbling is okay.
My passion is for helping people share stories, so NOT sharing my weight loss journey would be against everything I stand for. The difference is, of course, that I usually help people share stories that have some sort of closure already, so sharing a story that's "in progress" feels a bit...odd.
I've lost a lot of weight before, a few years ago, but then so much happened: divorce, moving 1000 miles away, new job, new everything (expect the kiddos -- I kept those and didn't add new ones!). With the new job came money to eat out (a luxury I didn't have for a long time before), so....yeah, the 60 pounds I lost became about 75 pounds put back on.
So what brought this new desire to begin my weight loss journey again? Well, a few things:
What I've done so far:
I know this is going to be a long journey.
I am giving myself 2 years, but I hope it won't take so long.
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L. Shay Bradham is a writer, author, activist, and public speaker who lives near Boston, MA.