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To lose the weight, lose the wait!

On a weekly basis, people ask me how I stay motivated and make time to be active every day. I always have the same answer: “we all make time for what is important to us.” When people tell me they don’t have time to exercise, I say that I don’t have time to watch television. Every day, I choose to do things that my body needs in order to thrive. I search for physical, emotional, and mental nourishment to enhance my overall well-being. Being on a mission to become insulin free used to be a tall order, but I have found ways to simplify that path. Are you rolling your eyes yet? Are you thinking, “ha! Easier said than done…”? Well, most things ARE easier said than done, but the most amazing thing about being alive is that we are fully capable of choice. We make choices minute by minute. Choosing to NOT do something is also a choice.

We all hold the key to overall wellness in our own hand. I didn’t learn this from a text book; I learned this from personal experience. Get ready for some truth. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in my senior year of high school in 2000. Before my diagnosis I was a skinny kid but I started taking so much insulin that I gained 30 pounds in a year and a half. Going from a size 4 to a 14 was quite the experience. Every day, I felt like a victim. I felt bad for myself and allowed my ego to start that inner dialogue that went something like this: “you’re fat.” Mean! Would I have let anyone else say that to me? Nope.

I wasn’t practicing self-love and I wasn’t allowing myself to be the radiant being that I truly am. I felt like I looked lazy, so I became legitimately lazy. I told myself I was a “big girl”, so I ate foods to fulfill that self prophecy.  I had gotten big enough to be a plus size model. Yes, I made it work to my advantage. Even though I “owned it”, I was still wanting to be closer to my high school weight.  Even though I wanted to lose the weight I had gained, I made up excuses every day for why I couldn’t reach my goal. We all have and use excuses for why we aren’t “ready” to make changes. What if I told you that the hardest part of transformation is actually making the choice to make the change? What if you made the choice to focus your energy on WHY you want to make a change, and then HOW you were going to execute the change, instead of obsessing on WHAT isn’t working for you? We all expend energy however we choose. Make the choice to take the first step towards your goal.

The other day, I overheard someone say, “no matter what diet or kind of exercise I do, I cannot lose the fat on my stomach.” First of all, I thought she was perfect just the way she was. And secondly, I wanted to ask her, “how often do you tell yourself that every single day?” When we tell ourselves that we are a certain way, we synergistically do things to keep ourselves in that box in both negative and positive ways. Our body will believe ANYTHING we tell it.  So someone who tells herself: “I cannot lose the fat on my stomach” will also do things to fulfill that prophecy.

I bet she would lose the weight she wanted to if she would just stop obsessing about it – i.e., not weigh herself every single day, stop trying a new diet after the last one stops working or exercising in an upstream way.  When I moved to Spain to study abroad 7 years ago, I lost at least 20 lbs. because I stopped focusing my energy on the fact that I was not happy with my size. I walked everywhere. I relaxed. I breathed in life.  I occasionally went on a jog, climbed stairs and I did yoga in the comfort of my home when I felt like it. I think I weighed myself twice in the 7 months that I was there. I just gently and lovingly R E L E A S E D the fixation on not being able to lose the weight. I started to need less and less insulin and, sure enough, I lost the weight I wanted to lose.

Weight gain is not necessarily a direct result of a problem. Think about that for a second. We overeat because overeating is the symptom of another source problem. When we are out of balance we crave foods that do not nourish our body. When we are under slept or thirsty, we sometimes think we are hungry.  I wasn’t taking too much insulin because I had diabetes. I was taking too much insulin because I wasn’t living holistically. When I returned from Spain I continued to eat small meals, began exercising on a daily basis and started taking natural supplements to enhance my body’s ability to utilize my blood sugar. My energy levels were through the roof and I soon realized I wanted to make fitness my life.  I began to crave foods that didn’t put me on a vicious glucose/insulin roller coaster. I wasn’t waiting for “the right time” to make some changes anymore. Being active and eating well became a routine just like brushing my teeth.

There is no quick fix that will provide you with long lasting results. The diet industry is a multi-BILLION dollar industry. There’s a reason for that. Diets don’t work, so we’re always on to the next one to undo years of waiting for the right time to get started. The right time to get your health to an all-time high is NOW. If you want to lose weight, you gotta get rid of the wait. Don’t focus on the length of the journey. Focus only on the first step that must be taken. That first step could be any of the following:

•           take a brisk walk on your lunch break to get your blood pumping

•           take the stairs and avoid elevators

•           get a hot tea everyday instead of a gigantic sugary latte

•           make a date with your best friend to try that new hip hop class at your gym

•           go to that organic restaurant with your sweetheart and order an alkaline meal

•           do situps during commercial breaks while you watch TV

•           aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

•           and, most importantly, practice positive affirmations every day and love the amazing creature that you are

You owe it to yourself to mix things up. You will drive yourself NUTS if you do the same thing over and over again and expect to see a change. So, what are you going to do differently tomorrow? Make the choice RIGHT NOW to make the change you wish to see. No one else can do it for you. You, my friend, are possible.

  • Michelene

    loved the blog. I’ve lost 95 lbs and am only 5 lbs from my goal and alot of what you wrote is true for me as well as inspiring to continue to where I want to be in all areas of my life.

    • Ton

      WOW, congratulations!! :o)

  • Keiana

    Thank you for this. Real eye opener as to how we talk ourselves out of fitness instead of just getting up and making the change to be healthier!

  • http://www.stelladot.com/crystallawrence Crystal Lawrence

    Well said Jenna (as always)!!! You are such a great motivator!!

  • http://castlejones.wordpress.com/ Bren

    Thank you for posting. It’s so true that we need to think positive about life and ourselves. We are what we think just as much as we are what we eat. I had tried to lose the same initial 10 pounds for over a year. When I stopped “trying” and just started enjoying life and “living,” they vanished and I’m now part way through the second 10 lbs, and will continue until I hit my goal weight. I’m not happy with my weight, but I am happy with my life.

    Michelene — Congratulations!! That’s inspiring.

  • Sara

    Love this!

  • Kacie

    Great blog.

  • Francine

    This is a great Blog!!!

  • http://robinthomas.biz Robin Thomas

    This is great, Jenna! I know how difficult it is when one gets in the mindset of “it won’t work, I’m just that way” limiting beliefs. My son has Diabetes Type 1 with resulting brain injury since infancy (he’s now 21) and he is constantly working on his own belief system. By balancing your life holistically, mentally, spiritually, and by focusing on enjoying life, eating right, and making exercise fun, you are a wonderful example. :~)

    Thank you for sharing this with so many! You are truly living your life to the fullest!

  • Rose

    Thank you for your blog, I find it very inspiring! You are so right, you just have to get up and do it. I had lost 35 pounds (Ironically I had gained them during my study abroad in Spain) which was of course hard work. And I told myself that the last 10-15 pounds were the hardest. I was not really overweight anymore and of course it would take longer than the first 15 pounds. Blahblahblah, all I was really doing was talk myself out of it. For some reason I got back on track about 2 weeks ago. I am walking to work nog every day instead of taking the bus (30 minutes each way) and enjoy cooking healthy meals. I feel so much better and have lost already 3 more pounds (almost 4!) Thanks again for your motivational story :)

  • http://blog.andreabravo.me/ Andrea Bravo Balado

    It’s been 7 weeks since I decided to make the changes and I’ve lost around 17 pounds!. What you write, is almost exactly how I felt before and now, I am enjoying the journey and I know that when I get to the goal, I will just keep up with it, because eating healthy and exercising has become a big part of my life. There is no easy-quick way of losing weight and maintaining it. Thanks for sharing your story, is truly inspiring :)

  • http://www.beachbodycoach.com/jilliankristine Jillian

    Great blog! Motivating others is an amazing motivator in itself! That is why I became a Beachbody Coach! Click the link (my name) above to join my team!

  • beatrice thumi

    I love this blog! I actually just started going to the gym and i’m really excited about it!!

    Live, Life, Love Always!!

    God bless!

  • Gale

    It’s so simply true. Do it. And when its done, do it again. I’m referring to getting out of bed in the morning and going to gym.

    If I miss a day now I yearn for my workout all day! I used to hate exercise (and although its still a pain) I now NEED it like I need air!

  • Nina Elisabeth Evensen

    THANK YOU! I needed those words. Now I am not going to WAIT anymore, but do what I long so much for: treat myself better, love myself, and get going with the exercise and healthy eating.

  • http://soundcloud.com/slsanderson Sian

    Absolutely amazing article, so true. I can’t wait to take my positive affirmations to the gym with me, and recite them all throughout my run! The Daily Love RULES. X

  • Sara

    I’m a nutritionists and that’s exactly the positive message I’m always trying to spread to my patients! Nothing like a holistic way of life! Blessings!

  • Lydia

    I really really liked this!! It’s so simple but we all make healthy living and weight loss so complex, I will definitely be re-reading this when I’m having a fat day!