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A Lifelong Journey
For as long as I can remember, I have been overweight. In my teenage years, this really affected my self-esteem. Although I had many friends I felt alone and isolated. Growing up, I was incredibly active. I was always outside jumping double dutch, playing hop scotch, swimming, biking, or simply playing with friends in the neighborhood. In high school, I swam on the swimming team at a size 14 and weighing around 150-160 pounds. Although I was the heaviest person on the team, my teammates were always very supportive and encouraging…even when I came in last place.
When I began having children my weight really skyrocketed. I would never lose my pregnancy weight due to being more and more sedentary. Four kids later and 30 years of yo-yo dieting had me tipping the scales at 311 pounds. Just seeing the scale go over 300, made me take dieting and healthy eating more seriously.
In 2014, my husband and I participated in the Daniel Fast during Lent; along with other members of our church. In addition to the Fast, which consisted of eating a vegetarian diet, we went to the gym 3-5 days per week. I was successful in losing 30 lbs. during that time. I felt such a sense of accomplishment, as I had never lost that much in the past on any other diet! Unfortunately, once Lent was over, I fell back into unhealthy eating habits, stopped going to the gym and ultimately regained the 30 lbs. …plus an additional 5.
While sitting in church one Sunday morning, my Pastor talked about it being “Game Time” for those of us in our 50’s.
When your team is down in the first half of the game, after half time it is “game on”.
THE LAST HALF IS ALL YOU’VE GOT TO FIX WHAT IS BROKEN AND FINISH THIS GAME OF LIFE STRONG.
This message really resonated with me, as my Pastor and I are the same age. I sat there thinking about the first half of my life, and the quality of living I would like to have in the second half of my life. I realized for me it is “Game Time”.
Time to make drastic changes…
Rochelle Redding, M.S. is a wife, mother of four, and the owner and operator of Rochelle Redding Coaching and Consulting Services (RRCCS). RRCCS is a spiritually-based coaching service dedicated to helping women be their best selves and achieve wellness in all aspects of their life. Learn about life coaching services with Rochelle by clicking here.