This past week, I had the pleasure of being a guest on a weekly video chat that the awesome leader of my optimal health group puts on each Tuesday night. (Video at the bottom of this blog.)
While I was talking, several people started sending me messages on our chat board.
“We love you, Jody!!!!”
“Soooo inspiring Jody!!!!”
“Sooooo awesome, Jody!”
“Excuse my language but HOLY SH%T! (I’m sure she meant SHOT) I have not seen you in awhile. YOU look amazing!!!!!”
Consider your language excused, my friend.
Consider yourselves all loved and appreciated by me, too.
Those heartfelt comments were fun to read. It was fun that same night to see friends at my son’s Pinewood Derby contest that I hadn’t seen in a while. They were so gracious in telling me how blown away they were with how I’ve changed.
My big, burly beard that made me look either homeless or like a mountain man?
My big, bulging belly that made me look like a sumo wrestler or a young Santa Claus?
Not quite gone but going.
The rest of me is shrinking, too. (A friend noticed my feet are getting smaller and called them “tiny,” which made me smile. It was a nice compliment but admittedly most guys probably don’t exactly want body parts described as being tiny.)
While I still have a lot of work to do — still have 115 pounds to reach my ultimate goal — I’m soaking in all of the positive vibes being sent my way. I’m surrounded by so many incredible people — family, friends, health coaches, social media followers — it just blows me away.
I’m so blessed.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Your compliments and kind words are cherished. They lift me up. They make me want to keep going. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them.
I’ve also been touched by how many people tell me they have been inspired into action by watching me live my life out loud. I often joke that I’m like Forrest Gump. One day I decided to start running and now a bunch of people are pounding the pavement with me.
One friend told me my journey inspired her to pursue her yoga teaching certification. Another friend sent me a photo of him wearing smaller pants than he’s been able to put on in quite some time after joining my April weight-loss challenge. Awesome people on social media have told me they’ve been motivated to exercise or eat better (even trying cauliflower crust pizzas!).
Numerous friends have begun changing their lives, losing great amounts of weight (yes!), getting off of insulin for diabetes (so awesome!), fitting into smaller clothes (sweet!), being more active (booyah!) and just feeling better all-around (boom!).
I’m humbled. I’m honored. It makes me so happy. It makes me even more hopeful.
For years, I sulked inside and moped around my house and felt deep regret for gaining weight and for getting away from the person I wanted to be. It was a miserable existence.
It feels incredible to be proactively changing my life and to have people notice and to follow suit.
I was going to write that I’m not trying to brag, but let’s be honest about this: I AM PROUD OF MYSELF! It’s an incredible feeling to know that I can help people improve their lives simply by improving mine.
If you’re feeling stuck or lost or hopeless or maybe you’re inspired but don’t know where to start, please reach out. If you know somebody who needs positive change in their life, please send them my way. Send me an email at email@example.com. Hit me up on Facebook. Leave a comment on this blog. I’d love to share the nitty-gritty details about what’s helped me get on this path to optimal health and let you know how it can help you (or a loved one).
The program I’m on changes lives for the better. I’m living proof.
I’ve always liked to make people smile by trying to be funny. Making people smile by helping them lose weight and regain health as their friend and coach brings a much higher level of satisfaction.
Once again, thank you sincerely for all of the support.
P.S. I have a feeling next week’s weigh-in is going to be off-the-charts fun. Please come back!
P.S.S. We are hosting a very fun “Back to School, Back to Health” event on Thursday, Sept. 8, in my neighborhood. If you want to hear some inspirational stories and try some tasty and healthy food, please let me know and I’ll send you an invitation.
- Starting weight (March 6): 373.7 pounds
- Last week’s weight (Aug. 26): 280.3
- This week’s weight (Sept. 2): 276.1
- This week’s loss: 4.2 pounds
- Total loss: 97.6 pounds