When you hear the word, transformation, what comes up for you? A few people think about a weight loss journey, while others may think about a mindset shift. For me... I think of a butterfly emerging from a cocoon - battle scars, memories of the obstacles overcome and a beautiful new beginning.
And when I think of my OWN transformation, my own journey... and it's literally a hot mess. No jokes and I am in love with it.
See, it's not just about the POUNDS lost, but about the strength GAINED. It is about the mental toughness and my relationship with God that became stronger. It is about the PEOPLE who rallied with me and those who picked me up, lent me support, provided me with a roof over my head or a kind word in the darkness. It is about the knowledge learned... and most importantly, the truth I have found about myself.
I've overcome holding onto strict caloric restrictions.
I've been a size 16 and a size 2.
I've been able to lift 100 pounds and not even lift myself out of bed.
I've been able to run 150 miles and not even able to run ONE.
I've been in a dark place where I felt like NOTHING I did was right and I've been pretty pleased with the person I turned out to be.
Transformations MAKE pretty pictures, but the JOURNEY-- the PROCESS of the transformation is not. And I think that's what some folks may forget or simply don't know.
The process is not pretty. It's not bright and shiny. It's not full of smiles and sunshine. The process is dark. It's about being MENTALLY tough. It's about being able to realize YOUR vision is MORE than what you want to settle for.
It's about facing your fears and pushing past them, using them to FUEL your fire.
Transformations are not simple, but it's truly an amazing process.
I hope no matter WHAT or WHO you want to BE in life, you use the fear, the doubt, the dark times to PROPEL you forward... and transform into the person you want to be.
Just remember friend, to be gentle with yourself throughout the process. Be gentle.
Grit + Gumption,