“Change was never a big word, what makes it big are people’s fear of making it happen.” ~ it was exactly the quote that I’ve written several years ago. People have always feared change; tried avoiding it, doing the same things over and over again and claim that doing it is part of the said “tradition”.
Well, as I write this article and as you read it going to work, getting some coffee, browsing the internet, chit-chatting with your friends or family, every single second of every little thing that we do changes. It has been a part of life that is inevitable. Time changes, and so does everything else. But the things is, if so much has changed over the time, then why don’t you allow yourself to those changes?
At some point in your life, you’ve got to make that decision. You have to choose whether to keep it as is for the rest of your life or choose to define what you want and work for it.
Almost two years ago, I’ve decided to do something, something that even I don’t know if I’ll be able to do at all. It was New Year’s eve of year 2014 that I’ve came up with the New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Well I’ve heard so many who said that and did not succeed coz, who doesn’t like to eat, right? But one thing I knew at that time is that inside that decision is the change that I wanted to see.
So yeah, I tried changing my lifestyle, slowly cutting off excess carbs, replacing processed food with fresh and organic ones, having controlled number of meals per day, gave up fast-food, sweets and sodas. There were a lot of sacrifices, and trust me, there were a lot of temptations.
But I guess that one thing that kept me going was that thing in mind that I wanted to see myself, the change that I want to happen. Of course, cutting my food intake was not enough, I needed to sweat it out, so I’ve decided to run and do the treadmill, from 30 minutes a day, I would increase the running time weekly, until I was running almost two hours a day.
Six months have passed and it felt like I won the lottery when the hard work finally paid off, I was losing more weight. Those early stages of exercising were the easiest part. The first half of the year, up to nine months, I was losing weight easily, but the so called “plateau” stage were the harder part. It is the stage when you are not losing weight because the body tries to adjust to your current body weight and lifestyle.
Nope, not even the “plateau” stage stopped me from reaching my goal. It went off after a month or so, I was losing weight again, I had a control on my diet, I was having more discipline that I’ve ever thought. People already noticed the significant changes in me. I treated every compliment as an accomplishment for myself.
Years have passed, I never thought that a 220lbs boy would end up to be 165lbs over a year. It’s always really nice to reminisce how big were the changes and it all started with just a goal in mind. Right now, I have already maintained my target weight and it’s almost two years since I’ve made that New Year’s resolution of mine that has tremendously changed my life for the better.
Nothing is really impossible, I have proved it myself. It doesn’t matter how long would it take for you to reach your goal, but what matters is how you’ll stick to that goal against all other negativities that you’ll ever encounter towards it. It was the transformation that I am proud to share, not to brag but to inspire more people not to fear change. To make everyone understand the importance of discipline and most importantly, knowing your self-worth. Because if you know your worth, you know that you deserve only the best.
“The only thing that has changed, is everything” ~ Apple Company.
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