- First things first… don’t kid yourself into thinking that all your problems will instantly vanish – poof – into thin air. But I will say this: you’ll be in a far better position to deal with the stresses and struggles that will always be a part of your life. The down days won't get you so far down...
- You’re going to feel better. I mean, sooooooo much better. I used to wake up all creaky and cranky, and chalked it up to the natural progression of getting older. Turns out there was nothing natural about it whatsoever. When I started taking better care of my body, my body started taking better care of me.
- You’ll feel better about yourself. You’ll catch a glimpse of yourself in a mirror at a department store and you won’t flinch with disappointment. You’ll try on a pair of pants in a size that would boggle your mind right now… and they’ll fit like you were born to wear them. That smile on your face won’t be forced and the swagger in your step will be well-earned.
- You will probably finally see what so many others enjoy about shopping.
- People will look at you different, especially at first. They’ll want you to pass on the secret, as though it were some magic beans, and when you tell them about all the sweat and sacrifice that you’ve invested, it may surprise you to see their eyes glaze over. Like you did, they’ll just have to figure it out on their own…
- You’ll look at those old photographs and wonder who that person was, that foolish, foolish clod that made life so miserable and difficult for you way back when. You’ll see the abundance of chins and the lack of self-confidence, and you’ll make a pact with yourself to never again return to those dark days.
- You’ll feel “normal”… as in, someone who isn’t defined by their size.
- You may… and pay attention–this is important!... you may think you’re finished once you reach your goal, and things can go back to the way they were without… well, things going back to the way they were. Maintenance presents its own set of challenges, but believe me when I say that, after what you will have accomplished by then, it’s NOT more than you can bear.
A better life.