A weight loss journey of 50, 100 or 200 pounds can feel so daunting and long that we don’t know where to get started. Many of us turn to crash diets or extreme programs in an attempt to shed the pounds fast only to find our willpower waning 2-3 weeks in.
For years, I was looking for the perfect weight loss solution and until I found it, I continued to binge as I punished and sedated my depression with food.
“I’ll start Monday,” I’d lie to myself on Friday.
“I mean next Monday,” I’d say on Monday.
“No one diets on (insert random holiday),” I’d justify the next Monday.
So it goes.
Until 2010 happened and I hit rock bottom. I looked around for the first time with open eyes and I saw my life: living a lie, a dying marriage, a complacent heart and a dormant soul. It was time to wake the heck up.
I didn’t start perfectly but I started. A walk of 212 steps was all I could handle before my back was screaming for relief. A salad for lunch. Small choices helped me lose my first pound.
If I could lose a pound once, I figured I could do it twice. If twice, I could do it once more. All I did was lose one pound 225 times.
Goethe once observed that magic starts to happen the moment you start. The universe begins to conspire for your success. Do you want to find your magic? Start with small decisions and one pound.
Just start. I never found the perfect diet but I learned to fall in love with the imperfect me. You can do this.