By Marianna Boyce
I texted an accountability update to my sister before church recently. With ten more pounds to lose, I’m still pleased with my current weight of 145 pounds. Cindy constantly makes me laugh, so I thought I’d pass a smile onto you. The screenshots of our conversation are quite comical, but they certainly ring true for most of us. Her spontaneous ending remark is credited with renaming this blog post.
When Every Woman Blog published my post, “New Year…New You…No Dieting,” a couple of months ago, a coworker and sweet friend shared it with others. What Neya didn’t share was that she implemented this plan for herself. She was a sneaky secret keeper—until she couldn’t hide it any longer.
A few weeks into the new year, I noticed she was losing weight. Unbeknownst to me, she was following some of the tidbits of advice I gave in my first blog post of 2019. She chose the “My Net Diary” app instead of “Lose It.” We are having a ton of fun on our journey so far, but when our calorie intake exceeds our limit, we agree it is detrimental to our psyche. Nothing can be done once the choice has been made to eat the burger, fries, chocolate cake—or all three. Other than laughing about it, our secret is moving on and making better choices the remainder of the day.
Neya is a beautiful new mom. After sweet baby Mason was born, she weighed in at 234 pounds. Having lost twelve pounds since the first of the year, she currently weighs in at 222 pounds.
For every good weight loss plan, there is an exercise program to match. Being young and vibrant, Neya is signing up for a gym membership. I’m so proud of her for taking steps to improve her mental and physical well-being. A healthy mama is a happy mama.
Regrettably, I approach exercise from a different angle. In the past, I always enjoyed a challenging workout, but now shudder at the thought of it. Rheumatoid arthritis and similar illnesses take a toll on the human body. Exhaustion and pain typically rule the day. My pain levels are now mostly tolerable, but I cannot subject my joints to workouts I accomplished in the past. Since daylight savings time has ended, my plan is to simply enjoy an evening walk in my neighborhood at least three times a week.
It’s not as easy as it used to be, but I resolve losing the last ten pesky pounds one small step at at time. Doing something is better than nothing at all.
I will update you on our journey in a future post. Hopefully, we will be reporting positive results. How are your health and wellness goals? Do you need a fresh start? There’s no shame if you do. It’s never a “one size fits all” situation. Simply do what’s best for you!
Refocus, rebalance, restart—because you’re worth it!