Feeling Trapped By Fat? If You Can Wiggle, You Can Change.

This has been such an exciting week at Gouldylox HQ . So many of you have been emailing me to tell me about your amazing weight loss, inspired by picking your own path and staying true to yourself. Your words inspire me! Thank you for sharing the love!!!

What do I mean about staying true to yourself and picking your path? It's a lot harder than you think. How many times have you done something that didn't feel right? Maybe you're exhausted at the end of the day and you pull through the drive through and order your favorite value meal because you just need to turn off your brain, not think and enjoy the carnal pleasure of fast food fries. You know it's a bad idea, but you've hit the bottom of the tank and that is all that's left. I get it. It's easy to stay stuck in the drive thru lane of life.

Making poor food choices is way too easy. So is complaining about being overweight. It's much harder to eat healthier - at first. Eating foods super high in fat, sugar or carbs makes you feel exhausted. Feeling exhausted makes it harder to get up, move and accomplish your goals. Being exhausted only encourages you to stay still longer and make more easy choices, which aren't likely to be healthy choices. Before you know it, it's harder to walk up the stairs. Your joints hurt. Your clothes bind your stomach and pinch your thighs. You can't play with your children and you are stuck, feeling trapped by your energy, your body and your present situation.

I still don't love full body photos. George is lucky he didn't lose an eye!
Here's the thing. It's just as easy to make healthier decisions. Once you start moving, you'll keep moving. Then it will become a habit. And a habit becomes a lifestyle. And a healthy lifestyle leads to a healthier life. A healthier life leads to a happier life.

A happier life.

All you have to do is take the first step, on your own healthier path. One step.

You may not have the energy, the will or the way, but you can take ONE STEP towards a healthier life. Maybe it's grabbing water from the fountain instead of your favorite soda from the vending machine*. Maybe it's leaving the lettuce on your burger, instead of taking it off, like you do every other time.

Maybe you can park the car a little farther away than waiting for the closest spot at Target.

Maybe you'll take the steps instead of the escalator.

Once you've got a few of those baby steps under your belt (yes, eventually, you'll love wearing belts!), your path will start to become more obvious. Every step is a step on your path, moving forward towards your goal. Each step, a decision. Will you opt for the dressing on the side or the full chicken box? Which one helps you in the long term? It's certainly not going to be the soggy, greasy empty chicken box. You may not like the idea of the salad at that moment, but once your body has processed all of the fat, sugar and poor choices, you won't long for that taste anymore. You'll be amazed that healthier food actually makes you feel better. Maybe not the first or the fourth time, but over time, everything will change. You'll break the cycle. 

It's your life and it's up to you. Each step is a choice. Each choice leads you towards your goal or away from your goal. There are no excuses, only decisions. 

You may feel so tired, so heavy, so out of options that you just can't do anything. I'm here to tell you that it's just not true. The best way to get unstuck is to find your wiggle room. Literally wiggle. Where you are sitting right now. Wiggle. See? You aren't stuck. You might feel like you are trapped in quicksand, but if you can wiggle something, you can move. If you can move, you can pick your own path. If you pick your own path, you are in control of your life. It's your decision and it just takes one step.

So what's it going to be? You've got this. I know you do. Take one step and then another. And another. Before you know it, you won't even recognize where you were coming from. 

Ask me anything! I want to help you reach your goal, so let's discuss! In the meantime, check out some of my previous posts for all kinds of motivation. Please subscribe so you'll never miss another update!

*Full disclosure: I'm in love with diet mt dew and that is how it is. I drink water too, but I love my DMD.

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  1. Thank you Kelly for your encouragement and your story. I decided August 1 was going to be the start of change for me. I've lost 10 pounds so far and I feel great! On my way to healthier and happier. I got a fitbit, which has been helping me be less sedentary. (I'm such a couch potato!) I've also been cutting down on portion sizes and making smarter choices about what goes in my mouth. I don't know who said it, but when I'm tempted by something (chocolate maybe?) I say to myself, "is this going to TASTE better than me looking/feeling better?
    Anyway...thanks again! I've been using some of your tips as well.

    1. I'm so happy to hear this!! Ten pounds is amazing - and I'm sure the fitbit is helping! Keep up the good work - you've got this!

  2. Thank you!!!! I used to think 10lbs was nothing...but then I picked up a 10lb bag of potatoes at the grocery store and thought, "woah! That's heavier than I thought." You're so right in this post. If you can wiggle, you can move, if you can move, then you can do it. For me, it's so much more mental than physical. Once my head has decided, then my body will follow.

    1. It's all a mental game. We choose to believe we are too tired, too sore, too heavy to do it, because that is how we feel when we are bigger (or lacking energy!). But you CAN do it. You've got to get your head straight and then the rest follows. I'm so glad you get it!! xoxo

  3. This is so motivational! I've really needed to hear these words. I am taking the first step right this moment and logging off to take a walk. I can do this. Look how wonderful you look now! I want that too. My biggest problem is that I was so underweight for the first 20 some years of life and then my metabolism changed but my palette and dining style didn't. In my mind I am still super skinny. Even though the mirror says differently I can't seem to grasp the reality of the weight gain. So I am always surprised that clothing is tight, that I can't breathe when I try to bend over to paint my toenails, that I can't even reach my toes to do toe touches because my fat is in the way... It's been so difficult to do a 180, even though it's been years of battle. As soon as I lose a little I think well, I can have 1 little treat, just one, and then the next thing you know, the sun rises and the sun sets, and then here I am 50 lbs. overweight. Again. Anyway, enough rambling, thanks for the encouragement! Yes, I can wiggle so I'm going for a walk right now!

    1. Hi Cindy! It's a hard problem to deal with, right? I used to feel like every time I screwed up, it was over and I couldn't muster the the moxie to keep going. I understand on the not painting your toes thing - I never painted mine for that exact reason until my college roommates forced me to get a pedicure because the were sick of looking at my feet. One step at a time is what it takes. For me, food is like a drug. I know that is a strong statement, but the lure of cookies and peanut butter honestly makes me act like I'm addicted to drugs. It's so hard to get the "need" for whatever food triggers you, but once you get a few days under your belt, it gets easier. For me, food is a daily battle. I'd like to think that it isn't and that I have all of the answers, but it's just freaking hard. I work my weight loss plan like my life depends on it. That doesn't mean I don't sometimes go buy ice cream at 10pm, but those days are far and few between now, instead of every other day. You can make a change. One day, one hour or one minute at a time. It gets easier, but it's tough. At least you know you aren't alone, right? You've got this. Keep wiggling - it will lead to better things!! xoxo


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