Doesn’t Happen Overnight.
Article by Sylva Geyoghlian-Mendelsohn
Being overweight doesn’t happen overnight. I turned 45 in March 2013, we were celebrating at Cheesecake Factory and taking lots of pictures. Later, when I scrolled through the pictures, I realized I no longer recognized myself. It was heartbreaking, something needed to be done! I had joined a gym the year prior, but never stepped foot inside, although I was paying for it every month. My husband said, “Either you go, or I’m canceling the membership.” Suddenly, I was mentally ready to make a change.
I found myself in the parking lot of the gym, but was thinking of every excuse imaginable not to go in. This went on for a few weeks, until I realized that I was the one getting in the way of myself. I didn’t know where to start, but felt comfortable enough to step on a treadmill; I did this for a few weeks. For new members, the gym offered complimentary fitness evaluations, which consisted of questions regarding goals, measurements, and body fat percentage. Even though I had joined the year prior, I’d never taken advantage of this. This was a pivotal moment for me, because my issues were now written down on some form, and I was forced to face the truth. I realized the uphill battle I was about to face, and had absolutely no idea how to get there, and I cried. Tabitha, the fitness trainer hugged me and said, “You got this!”
I set weekly achievable goals, so I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed. I cut out one unhealthy eating habit, and replaced it with one healthy habit. I continued walking on the treadmill three times a week for the next few weeks. I Googled, I read, and I researched, to educate myself, in order to better navigate my journey. The flame inside was now lit; I was on my way . . .
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