Two specifics to pick out of My Story of Courage, that I would like to pass on to others. For those that don’t know me, I have been on a weight loss and ‘save my life’ journey for the past few years. My first 20 Week Challenge was in 2012. I lost 32kgs that year and have continued on to grow stronger and believe in myself more every day. Total weight loss to date has been 45kg. Some people have more to lose than this and some have a lot less. 5kgs can be a mountain to climb, so we all have our own goals and battles with the bulge and/or getting off the sofa.
So, from my story I think 2 main things I would say that required courage. Get off the sofa and get out there and start crawling, walking, running, biking, swimming or whatever activity you feel is going to get you started. The number of people who actually mock people out exercising is much less than those that are admiring you. Most people drive or walk past and say “look at that person out there trying to make a difference to their life”. They don’t always say it to your face, but they are saying it to themselves or others around them. They actually want to have the courage you are showing them. So get out there and show people how motivated and dedicated you are to your cause. Motivation is infectious.
The other point that I feel requires enormous courage is believing in yourself. Sit down with your PT, your family or friends and come up with some goals, that you feel are beyond you. Then take baby steps towards them until you are running at them head on with so much strength, determination and that sense of achievement. Your goals, that seem out of reach at the beginning, suddenly become achievable. Trust me. Been there, done that!!!
1. Get out there and show the community what you’re made of
2. Pick tough and exciting goals and go do them!!
Keep positive and supportive people around you. Believe in yourself. Ask for help when you need it and you can achieve anything you ever dreamed of.
I look forward to reading about all your stories, as we progress on the 2016 20 Week Challenge.
Have you got a story of courage that you’d like to share with us? Sharing stories is courageous in itself. It also gives others inspiration. We’d love to hear from you! Courage My Love