It was 2 years ago today that I met with Jacob Wilson (the best trainer in the world) and stepped on that scale for what was another life-changing moment.
I knew I was getting fairly close to hitting my goal weight of 145 and that morning felt a little different. Because I met with Jacob on a semi-weekly basis at that point, I wasn't consistently weighing myself but would only stand on the scale when he said I needed to. We met that morning at a gym I wasn't altogether familiar with as it wasn't the one we normally met at. (He works out of a couple different gyms as he is privately contracted.) I was wearing my favorite black Nike shorts and an old Nike shirt that accompanied me many hours in the gym. In fact, on measurement days I tried to wear the same exact thing to get the most accurate reading. He took me into the small dressing room and made the comment, "Is this the day?" I was so nervous I could hardly speak, let alone think. He asked me to take off my shoes and step up on the scale. If you've ever watched the Biggest Loser, it's like when they go to the weigh-in and everyone is on pins and needles. The only bad part is there was no beeping, waiting, or commercial break in my case. The number just popped up on the screen in black writing with it's blue background reading 143! I didn't even know what to do or how to react. Not only did I hit my goal weight, I was under by two pounds. Jacob couldn't wait to go out and tell anybody he could in the gym what had just happened. In the past, he had made me wear a vest with weight attached during workouts to show my body what it used to deal with. Those were very hard, emotional sessions but this time was different. He tried to get one of those "heavy weight" (I call them) bars and put the total weight I had just lost (133 pounds) and have me lift it. I couldn't! It was a very humbling moment for me to realize the reality of what had happened with myself over the past year. I had lost an entire person. Not only that but it was motivating and inspiring as Jacob's client to see him get slightly teary and tell me that this is why he does what he does.
Sometimes it seems like that day was just yesterday but in all actuality, it's been two years. It wasn't always an easy road but it was so worth it. It has changed my life forever. And looking back on things, I'm not so sure God wanted it to be easy. There have been so many things I have learned about myself, who I am, and what my body can do. I'm not sure I could have mastered these things if it would have been a cake walk...something I had to put no effort into. The best part about this whole thing is that anyone can do it. It takes no experience, expertise, nutrition knowledge, loads of money, and the excuse list can go on. It takes you wanting to sincerely make a change, sacrifice some things, and put hope and faith into the fact that two people can do anything, as long as one of them is God.