I’ve been gone for awhile. I’ve been busy working on a few new endeavors … so I had to put the blog on the back burner for awhile.
One of the new endeavors has been me. I finally started working on me. This year marked some turning points. My youngest started kindergarten, so now both kids are in school full time. And I turned 40. I’ve been passionate and focused on getting my education, building my practice, caring for my clients, creating and nurturing my family for the last 20 years … but I neglected myself, my body. I did what I needed to do to get by, but I wasn’t healthy nor happy about how I looked.
So, in January – the day before my 40th birthday, I made a change. I started a fitness challenge at a local gym, VIP Fitness, to lose 20 pounds in 6 weeks. The well-designed premise of this challenge was to put money up front and commit to back-to-back 6 week challenges until one’s healthy goal weight is achieved – and then you get your money back.
On June 8th (6 months, 5 days later) I started my FOURTH six-week challenge. I have lost a total of 60 pounds and approximately 10 dress sizes. I feel so much stronger, healthier, energetic, and happier. I still have at least this challenge (and possibly one more) to go … plus a lifetime of maintaining the progress I’ve made. But every day I am in awe of the transformation.
I not only did this transformation for my body, health, and esteem – I did it for my husband. So I can grow old with him … and feel sexy. I did it for my kids – so I can be there for them and be active with them. And so I can model healthy choices for them.
I’m sharing all of this with you for two reasons … one, to let you know where I’ve been. And, more importantly, two … I want to encourage others to do the same. Take care of yourself. Take a risk. Take a challenge. Maybe it’s to lose weight, get fit, eat healthier. Or maybe it’s just to try something you’ve always wanted to, but just haven’t yet. I’m telling you … just do it. AND … if something is standing in your way … identify it and figure out the steps to get around/over/through it … so that you can reach your goals.
When you put your mind/heart/body/soul into it … you can accomplish anything.
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Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.