Please, please, please… magazines, commercials, fitness instructors and Facebook, don’t ask if I’m ready to be bikini-ready--especially to entice weight loss.
I'm not objecting to enticement--just give me something more.
I can’t totally remember why I decided to do Ideal Protein in the first place. Obviously, I needed to slim down—but where that desire emanated from, I no longer remember. That was almost five years ago. I know why staying healthy is important now.
Weight loss allowed me to get over myself. Instead of judging myself by how well my derrière looked in a pair of jeans or being disappointed by my reflection, I learned to make the best of what I’ve been given, get off the bench and play. It taught me the value of setting goals and working, incrementally, to achieve them. Big things don’t happen overnight.
I tried new activities, failed frequently and tried again. I learned to shoot a bow and became a range master. I got a personal trainer and learned how to work the gym. My body weight matters not because it mysteriously imbues me with value, but because my squats and deadlifts now exceed it. I started running with a friend who’s a great runner. I practice handstands with my kids. You get the point. When you learn to master yourself, obstacles seem more like something to vault over than hide from.
The question isn't whether I'm ready for a swim suit--but if I'm ready to own my short, sweet, wisp of life. And I am. I hope you are too!
Dionne is a certified Ideal Protein coach who lost 25 pounds following the protocol way back when. Since then she's learned to cook healthier meals (and actually eat them), get a daily dose of iron in the form barbells and kettle bells and is usually training to improve her time in an upcoming half marathon.