I'd come up with them all - I was too busy to focus on it, I didn't have the right tools, I needed to spend a lot of money and that didn't fit in with my budget right now, I needed to join a gym and there wasn't one close to me, I had issues related to being slimmer that I wanted to deal with first and on the list went.
Until I got tired; tired of being overweight. I never felt comfortable in my clothes, even though I often got compliments about how I looked. I actually hated my body and would berate myself every time I looked in the mirror. And I got tired of all of that too.
These are the THREE KEYS OF POSITIVE CHANGE I had to go through before I even started to lose weight:
1. Acknowledge - The first step was that I had to admit I had been making excuses for years and that right now, I really couldn't be bothered.
2. Accept - Facing this fact, and accepting it, whilst terrifying (because I thought that it would mean that I would stay overweight forever), was pivotal. If you've been reading my blog you'll know why facing and feeling our feelings is vital for sustainable weightloss.
3. Act - Next I had to make a decision; to either remain overweight for the rest of my life or lose my weight for good.
Then, I had to stop making excuses, because that was the only way forward.
You know for as long as I can remember, I have said this... "I want to live to 100 and be fit and healthy". Now I have no idea where this thought came from, it's just something I used to say to myself as a teen; it might have been earlier than that but I can't be sure.
Over years I have thought about this, and more so in the last five years since going through menopause. As my bodily aches and pains compounded, I began to start thinking... "I don't want to be a fat old lady who struggles to get out her chair". I knew that only I could do something about this. And I knew, that if I didn't make the right choice soon, I could in fact be in a position where I started to have more and more health problems. I knew I didn't want that. But with all of my excuses, that was where I was headed.
Now it was time to lay all of those excuses on the table. Looking at each one individually, I made a decision about how I was going to deal with it. I started counselling to look at my issues around being slim again, I read blogs and listened to Facebook LIVEs about how I was going to lose the weight, and I put together my own plan based on (a) What I'd done in the past, and (b) What I'd learned about emotional eating. And, it's working!
At this point I have lost 14.5kg and I have about another 3-5kg I'd like to lose. I've done it incredibly slowly and that has been perfect for me. I have kept it off. And that, was what I was after.
Hi I'm Kathryn Price.
I'm a 55 year old post-menopausal woman sharing my journey of Taking Care of Me. I'm on a mission to lose weight and improve my health and well-being. Click here to join me in my Facebook group and let's journey together.