In 2013, a study was done that claimed, “51% of adult Americans want to lose weight. But, barely half that amount (25%) were seriously working toward that goal”.
What did I gain from these statistics? Everybody wants to drive a Lamborghini, but few people are willing to work for it.
Its not hard to tell when we’re overweight or out of shape. We just have to take a look in the mirror.
The Mirror & Scale Are Your Friends
Being honest, I’ve known I was overweight for the last 2-3 years. You can say I was in a bit of denial. I justified my poor eating habits with the fact I went to the gym 5-6 days a week. I would even wear XXL T-Shirts and tell myself because they were loose on me I couldn’t be overweight by that much.
Worst of all, I avoided the mirror like it was the plague. In addition to that, I did everything I could to stay away from the scale. Why? Because the mirror and scale are those real friends who are always willing to be honest with you. They tell us the truth because they love us. Often times, we don’t want to hear it, but we need it.
That’s where I was in the summer of 2016. About to turn 30 years old and I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. I was afraid my reflection was going to tell me something negative about myself. And, afraid the scale was going to say to me, “You Are Fat”.
Accept The Challenge of a Champion
Until one morning, at the end of July, I gained the courage to finally step on the scale. I knew I had a problem, I needed to confront the problem and I was tired of pretending it wasn’t a problem. I didn’t feel good, I wasn’t happy, and a change was needed.
Initially it was an embarrassing moment, but the feeling didn’t last. I knew I could overcome my current situation. Things didn’t have to stay this way.
At the time of this writing, it has been 6 months and I’ve lost over 45 pounds. I have become a student of healthy living which includes a strength training regimen, cardio, and a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. I’ve even stopped drinking alcohol (altogether) and I no longer eat sugary sweets.
I’ve made a commitment to a healthy lifestyle because I never want to go back to being the guy who was afraid to look at himself in the mirror.
This transformation began when I made the decision to learn the truth and stop fearing the scale. The scale had a lot to tell me about myself on that first day. More important than telling me I was fat, it said, “Its time for a change”.
As a champion I excepted the challenge. As I type this message today, 180 days later, I’m happier and healthier than I have been in the last two years. All because I excepted the challenge and made a decision to live a healthier life.
There shouldn’t be a single person on this earth who is afraid to look themselves in the mirror. For years, I didn’t like my own reflection. As a result, things never changed. It wasn’t until I was able to come to terms with the man in the mirror that I would begin to make progress.
For anyone who may be like I was six months ago, follow this 2 Step Process:
- Right now, go to your bedroom, the bathroom, or just find something that shows a clear reflection of you.
- Look yourself in the eyes and repeat this mantra, “I LOVE MYSELF THE WAY THAT I AM TODAY!”
When was the last time you told yourself I love you? Self acceptance is the first step toward creating a change in your life. Make it a daily habit to speak positively to and of yourself. You are a CHAMPION! Believe in yourself and accept the challenge.
You have nothing to lose, only a whole world to gain. #iAmGreatness
What positivity mantra’s do you say to yourself when you wake up in the morning? Comment below.
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