Terry G. – Rising Star
What has been the hardest part of your journey thus far?
The concrete part would be giving up sugar–my downfall–especially sugared pop. Emily gave me a relatively easy process for weaning off of it–just dilute it until the craving disappears. Now my craving for all sugars, especially cheese danish, is pretty easily overcome when it attacks. I just think of all those calories and how they added to my getting out of shape and overweight, no matter how good they tasted and went with coffee.
The mental end has been maintaining my regimen, and Emily and her training workouts have been instrumental in encouraging me to keep on track, especially by using the HTF Nudge app. It’s easy to get down when you plateau, but she re-assured me that it takes time to reach a realistic, and not fad-diet, goal. Sure, it’s been tough wanting to hurry and to hit my target weight, but I have been learning patience–not an easy thing for me to come by, but having someone there has helped immensely.
What was your break through moment? Share any advice to someone struggling to change habits.
Realizing that I was starting to get stronger, both mentally and physically, when I found that I walked over a mile without realizing it. That encouraged me because I was always in good shape, riding a hundred miles per week and jogging two miles a day with asthma, but had fallen away from that. So when Emily told me that we had just walked a mile, I felt that I was back on track on the road to wellness.
Advice: Stick to the HTF plan made for you. Realize that this is not a Marie Osmond, 50-pounds-in-no-time hack attack, but a serious, well thought-out and crafted regimen, made with consideration for you, and do not be in a hurry. Remember the corny saying: “Life’s a journey, not a destination.” Not to say that end goals aren’t important, but the steps of re-gaining and keeping a real you is what you want to carry with you for the rest of your life, not just saying, “Hey, I lost fifty pounds with ‘Super-Whammo Weight Off In No Time’ and have a bum again and now I’m a god” and then hitting the Ben and Jerry’s a week later and becoming a blowfish again.
What are you most proud of?
That I can follow directions and that I have learned self-control when it comes to my physical well-being. That I feel like I’m back on track to a healthy lifestyle and that I know that I won’t return to the unhealthy food and sedentary lifestyle that I was polluting my life with. A forty-pound drop and three waist sizes hasn’t hurt either :-} . It’s nice to put on a pair of pants and have them feel loose and then have to move the belt back one more notch to hold them up–or even have to punch a new one in.
Anything else you would like to share?
Let’s be real–you do have to push yourself. Nothing worthwhile’s ever easy–yes, a cliche, but since you’re doing it for yourself, or maybe someone else, too, make the push. The sense of self-worth that comes with it is worth more than money or gold. In concluding, I seriously doubt that I would ever be on track if it weren’t for Emily and Hit The Floor. Thanks.