Jillene’s Blog: Choose Your Hard

I came across a motivational poster the other day that stopped me in my tracks. Then, when I shared it with my Facebook friends, I was left nearly speechless again.

“Losing weight is hard. Being overweight is hard. Choose your hard.”

Like many, I’ve been on the weight-loss rollercoaster for what seems like my entire life. And, like many, I’ve tried what seems like everything to help me lose the weight and most importantly, keep it off. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been made keenly aware of the extra weight I’m carrying around and the toll it’s taking on my body. Sometimes I feel like I live in a battle zone, as I attempt to do something about it while the bad habits I’ve made over a lifetime keep a hold on me.

I feel like I’ve been stuck for so long and lately I’m more than desperate for change. When you’ve tried and failed at weight loss and health and fitness as many times as I have, it’s hard to think about where to start! Then I saw the quote above, and I guess you could say I had an Oprah “a-ha” moment.

I want the “my pants are falling off because this journey has been hard” kind of hard, not the “I can hardly walk up the stairs without getting winded at the age of 31” kind of hard.

So today, I’ll start by sharing this with you as a reminder to me that 1) the bad habits I’ve picked up are simply choices that I can change; 2) it might be hard, but it’ll be worth it. 3) I’m not in this alone.

When I shared the quote above on Facebook, I found so much comfort in my friends. I was really overwhelmed at how many of them are battling the same things as I am!

As we put the finishing touches on our Magic 98 Women’s Wellness Retreat, I’m reminded why it’s so important for us as women to take time for ourselves and to encourage each other to do the same. How are we supposed to take care of our families if we don’t? If you’ve ever “let yourself go” at some point in time, you know how difficult it can be to get back up on your feet. I can’t wait for a little help from fitness guru and Tae Bo Master Billy Blanks! He’ll be at the retreat, hosting a workout on Saturday afternoon. From what I’ve heard, it’ll be so much more than a workout. You’ll leave motivated and inspired to make a plan so you can reach your goals! I don’t know about you, but I’m in need of a reminder like that, so Saturday can’t get here soon enough.

We still have room for you at the Women’s Wellness Retreat, but you have to move quickly! The registration deadline is this Friday at 10AM. Sign up here.

I’d love to hear from you! Email me at Jillene@magic98.com or find me on Facebook.