My plan was to add healthy things in each day. I had to start with changing my thinking because I realized that to lose the weight and keep it off, I was going to have to change my relationship with not only food but also with myself. I started telling myself I believed in myself and believed I deserved to lose weight and to be healthy and happy. I told myself this every single day!
I started walking. Just for five to 10 minutes a few times a week. I worked my way up to walking most days, and my time increased. I love my walks now! For the first time in almost 30 years, I have a bicycle. I have a cute little basket on the back to bring my pup along, and we have fun adventures on our bike. I never thought I’d be writing or talking about my bicycle adventures—and here I am writing to y’all about it. I can’t describe to you how awesome that feels!
Then I started adding in healthier foods. Lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. I found that as I continued with the positive self talk , it was affecting me in all areas of my life. I wanted to make healthier food choices. It didn’t happen overnight. There were still times I didn’t make the best choices. Part of life is that there are bumps in the road, but those bumps aren’t slowing me down any longer. I’m hurdling over most of them these days, and I believe you can, too.
Weight-loss was slow in the beginning, but I didn’t let that stop me because my goal was to have a healthier life, inside and out and not just to lose weight. As the months went on and I continued with my positive self talk, walking and eating healthy foods, the weight started coming off faster than it had in the beginning. Eventually I had lost 120 pounds.
I’ve been maintaining the loss by sticking with my new lifestyle and feel like I have my life back.
I want to encourage anyone who wants to have a healthier life to not give up! Believe in yourself and believe you can accomplish all of your goals! —Jaki Sinclair
Jaki is surely living the FBG Life inside and out, and we couldn’t be more proud of her for her accomplishments. Way to go, girl! How can you use Jaki’s experience to make your life a little healthier and happier?—Jenn