Last September I started to work with Shannon McGill of Shan’s Fitness with the goal of getting fit and losing weight. I had great plans of making lifestyle changes and fitting into a little red dress I affectionately call the “little number”. I wish I could say that I’m at my ideal weight and wearing that cute little dress again. I do feel stronger than I felt four months ago and am more conscious of my eating habits. However, I wasn’t faithful at giving up extra calories or staying on an exercise routine. I have lots of excuses that makes me feel like a loser.
I now have a dream trip to Italy that has renewed my motivation. That “little number” would be so fun to wear while roaming the streets of Rome. The past few weeks I have been giving up the defeating items in my diet and working out, even when I don’t feel like it.
Feeling like a big loser
Working out has always been my biggest challenge. I am not a fan of it. I LOVE the endorphins that are released afterwards, but a new phobia is kicking my butt.
Shannon had me running on the tread mill when it happened the first time. Running with an elevated heart rate, I felt as if I couldn’t catch my breath. I never experienced that feeling before. I was frightened, embarrassed and felt like an out of shape looser. Shannon gave me her kind smile and encouraged me that I wasn’t going to die.
I explained this experience to my husband Jeff who replied, “Tiffany, you won’t die. You will just pass out and then your body will resume breathing.”
Not comforting to a woman prone to accidents. I had images of myself passing out on the tread mill only to break a bone or bash my head on something. Thanks Jeff!
Today, I made an effort to push through this bizarre fear during my personal training session with Shannon and even laughed about it. I am very thankful that Shannon doesn’t cut me any slack and pushes me past the limitations I place on myself. I am always energized by the release of endorphins and have a sense of accomplishment.
Pushing through fear to BE the Biggest Loser.
Anything worth accomplishing usually requires pushing through an element of fear or overcoming a fatuous obstacle. It’s a part of Doing Life. I know this!!! Having these fears and obstacles doesn’t make me a loser, but overcoming them is a requirement for me to become The Biggest Loser…. of weight that is.
I am recommitted to being the biggest loser (of weight), wearing my fun “little number” and living a life that takes my breath away!