It is said that the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. The same can be said about Life. Everyone has goals they would like to achieve, however if no step is made to reach your goal, nothing will ever be achieved. I believe that me literally taking that single step, and the ones that followed, changed my life, and possibly saved it.
Three years ago, I lost my job, my parents died within a year of each other, and I was in constant pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I gained a lot of weight and was on medication for high blood pressure. I decided to change my life, so I made a step by step plan.
Step One was just that…taking a step. I started walking, then running, and made a commitment to enter at least one 5K per month to keep me on track. By the end of the first year, I had completed thirteen 5Ks, one 6K, one 6 mile walkathon, one 12K hike, culminating with the Reggae Marathon 10K in December 2014.
Step Two: I hired a Personal Trainer to hold me accountable since it is more difficult to quit if there is someone there to encourage and keep you on the path.
Step Three: Change of diet. A friend told me about a diet programme which I pursued with diligence for six weeks, with excellent results.
Step Four: Joining a Gym. I discovered that while I was losing weight, I needed to be toned so I joined a gym, and going became a habit. It was always a struggle to get up and leave home at 5am, but I realized that once I got to the gym, I never regretted going.
Step Five: Not to allow setbacks to set me back. Each obstacle once overcome, strengthened me mentally. I constantly set new milestones to achieve, and with each success, I became mentally and physically stronger.
Today I am 60 pounds lighter, and the journey continues.
My advice to anyone who wants to make a change is:
You don’t have to do it alone. I had a lot of friends who supported and encouraged me along the way.
Success will not be instant. Don’t get discouraged if things do not change as quickly as you would like. Stay positive even throughout setbacks, and you will reach your destination.
Take that first step.