Week 1: Uncovering My Inner Strength

Working back to an ideal weight doesn’t just take physical strength—it takes mental toughness and the ability to build the right support system, too.

May 21, 2013
Week 1: Uncovering My Inner Strength

Week one is in the books, and already things are starting to look up. Shifting my mental outlook has made me feel slimmer already—and I know I’m ready to make the change.  For months I was planning to jump back in but I couldn’t get myself to commit, and now I know it was because my head needed to be in it as well as my heart. Problem was, I had so many other things going on in my life that I felt were more important.  But finally one day I looked in the mirror and said, “Your health is more important.”

How did I get so off track? I let an emotionally draining relationship undermine my confidence, forgetting what I had learned the first time I transformed my body, that so much of this process is mental, and if you’re not in a healthy place mentally, you’re not going to be able to put in the time and dedication to truly see results.  Looking back, I know now where I went wrong. I ate to soothe my feelings, convincing myself that as long as I kept up with regular cardio I could eat whatever I wanted and maintain the physique I had struggled so hard to achieve. But that’s not how it works.

Then there was motivation. Where I live in the Northeast it was a long, cold winter, a winter followed by a devastating hurricane that uprooted me for months. It was hard to find the motivation and commitment when I was living out of suitcases and moving from place to place. Missing workouts made me feel guilty, then I ate more, then I lost even more motivation and so on, creating a classic vicious cycle. Now, even just the small changes I have seen in my body (hello abs!) and sticking to a clean, healthy diet have kick started my drive, and I realize my determination never really left, but was just temporary sidelined. I have tunnel vision now when it comes to reaching my goals.

Having positive people in my life (and removing the negative ones) gave me the strength to take on this challenge. It’s true what they say, that struggles make you stronger. I know that I am going to make a great comeback because most importantly, I believe in me.

-NICOLE

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