And now, here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Drum roll please ….. I lost 18 pounds! Alright, I know, this is not a world record and not that monumental in the grand scheme of things. However, I am more impressed with what I gained than with what I lost.
I gained a new found appreciation for the importance of camaraderie with my fellow teammates. Together we encouraged each other, shared tips, suggestions, accomplishments and issues.
I gained more energy. This did not come right away though. In the beginning, it was painful and boring. It was painful to pass up on so many of the foods that I love. It was painful to hardwire new habits. Exercise was boring at times. But I learned to shake it up and add a variety of work-outs into my routine. And in a short amount of time, I began to feel healthier. Some of my newfound energy was psychological in that I was proud of myself for sticking to the plan, but in time it also became physical. I now understand the concept of “runner’s high.” Once you are on the exercise path, you don’t want to stop. There are days when I drive home thinking up excuses not to hit the trail, but then I realize I really do want to work out. If nothing else, it’s a great way to relieve tension after a tough day.
And finally, I gained a better sense of self. Getting through to the other side was not always easy, but I did it. I changed my habits through more nutritious and thought-out meals. I donned my sweats and moved a lot more and now my clothes fit better.
They say it takes 30 days to break a habit. Changing ingrained behavior patterns is never easy. Nothing happens by chance though. It is our thoughts that build our character and our circumstances in life are created by our thoughts. So, going forward, I will remember all I have gained rather than the pounds I lost. And now, I would like to challenge you! What old habits can we as the Inova team break in order to make our future challenges easier? Let’s work together to lose our old “weights” and gain momentum as we head into these new challenging times ahead.
As promised, I am also announcing a winner to the “Guess My Weight” contest. The winner is Ilcias Vargas, Cardio Invasive Specialist at Inova Alexandria Hospital and he wins a gift card for a sporting goods store – congratulations!