By Michael Umlauf
It all started a year ago on October 26, 2016. I was 372 pounds and I had to come up with a solution to get my weight under control. This was the day I said "enough is enough!". All my life I had struggled with weight loss programs. However, a year ago I made a decision to change my life, change my way of thinking. I had to come up with a plan and stick to it. On this day I had to change the way I thought about working out and the whole dieting thing. So I turned to the Y - and my husband!
The main key was to tell myself that this was not a diet plan. This was a life-changing decision to better myself and to make myself a healthier person. What I had to do was to replace the words “I need to diet” with the words “I can do this”. Even on the days I didn't want to go forward, the Y and my husband supported me and told me not to give up. Then my husband reminded me that "this what you’re doing for life" and this is not a diet. He reminded me to change that word. He told me using the word “diet” is the death sentence of any program. Once you don’t have the word “diet” in your vocabulary you really can do all things. What you tell yourself in your own mind is the biggest key factor for your success. And using some words can make you or break you. Deep down it's a body, mind and spirit thing.
When you are in your program at the Y make sure you have a partner to help keep your focus healthy and on target. Mine was my husband, but a good friend or health coach would work too. The Y helped me define a goal for my health and break it down into simple steps I could achieve over time. This just shows that if you put your mind to it, you can overcome anything that comes your way. Without the support of the Y and my husband Michael, I would have given up on my program. I have to say it's about having a great support system. And if you have that you can achieve anything in your life.
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