This final day of July marks the end of the Healthy Tech Talk year that we committed to! While I usually ask how your week has been, what I want to ask now is how was your year? Do you see changes in yourself? Not all changes can be seen in a mirror or a picture! How do you feel? I hope you are feeling more energized and confident.
A year ago, several people made a commitment to NAILS and to CND, but more importantly we made a commitment to ourselves. Each person had a reason for standing in front of the room to make this commitment. My reasoning was to be a better example for my children and a better life partner to my husband. A wife and mom who is always tired and self loathing is not a lot of fun to be around. It is really easy to fall into the trap of eating because you hate what you look and feel like, then the ensuing weight gain multiplies those feelings and the cycle continues. I have no doubt that I was not headed for a good place when it came to my health and I was not setting a good example for my kids to follow.
Healthy Tech Talk has been a journey filled with new people, new ideas, and a new way of life. Along the way I can only hope others felt brave enough to challenge themselves, as we laid out our struggles here on this site. I have had so much wonderful advice, kind encouragement, and a generous outpouring of support from every angle. Thank you for leaving feedback, thank you for the wonderful e-mails, thank you for the phone calls, the text messages, the workout sessions, and the kick in the pants when needed! This is a journey best traveled with companions and I am forever grateful for all the support I have enjoyed.
So what have I done with my year? It has been a long road with lots of obstacles, whether they are imagined or literal. My weigh-in this week showed that I have lost 72 lbs! I still have a ways to go to be considered healthy in appearance to others, but this is a huge victory for me and I am pretty excited about it! Putting it into a funny perspective, I have lost twice what my son weighs! So basically if there were two of him, with one standing on the other, that is what I was carrying around with me every day! No wonder I was always tired! I enjoy activities with my kids now like jumping on the trampoline and I can keep up with my long-legged (and good-looking) husband without needing to take rest breaks. It is a feeling of freedom and accomplishment to have stuck with the journey to better health for so long. My plan is to continue down this path for the rest of my life and keep learning and hopefully sharing that knowledge with family, friends, and anyone who needs a friend.
Do I look any different to you? I definitely feel different, even if the change on the outside doesn’t always keep pace with the changes on the inside. I used to think walking 2 miles a day was for crazy people and now I am perfectly capable of doing it pushing a stroller. Working out is still not something I am in love with, but I have embraced and accepted it as part of my life. Am I perfect? NOPE! I still make bad choices and I know how to cope with them and most of the time how to combat them. We all still have free will at the end of the day and so you just have to choose if your free will takes the same side as your will power.
Do I workout every day as faithfully as I should? Nope, I am only human and there are just some days my brain can’t talk my body into much of anything. Have I met my goal for Healthy Tech Talk? YES! I am a much more health-conscious person, with tools and ideas to improve myself continually. I am constantly striving to be a healthier person and I hope to never end that battle. This in turn makes me a healthy mom. I am now the kind of mom that can play with my kids and do things without having to get grouchy because I am worn out or make excuses to sit down. Part of the goal was our reward — a trip to Six Flags that I promised us all if I could meet that goal. It is on the agenda for next summer!
Keep your chin (or chins) held high and keep marching along the path to better health no matter where you are in your journey. We never win or lose, we simply strive to do the best we can each day in this battle. I wish you happiness and I wish you good health!