I was thinking about this the other day while I was at the gym on the bike and I looked over and saw a very overweight gal on the treadmill who had easily over 100 pounds to lose. First off, I was so proud to see her there in the first place. A lot of times I think larger people are scared away from the gym because of all the supposed "skinny", "healthy" people they might find there. (The fact of the matter is, there are people of ALL shapes and sizes at the gym. I was once the one with 100+ pounds to lose and I was there.) As I watched her walk on her machine at a rather slow pace, I could tell that she was tired, out of breath, and not altogether very comfortable. From where I was sitting, it didn't even look like she had water. I had no idea how long she had been on her machine as I didn't notice her until about 10-15 minutes into my own workout. I can just remember seeing her and thinking, "Bless her for being here. She can do this! I know she can!" I kinda got absorbed in my own workout after that and lost track of her, but in some ways I wish I would have gotten off my bike and told her I believed in her. Now if you know me, that would have been a little (okay, a lot) out of my comfort zone. I couldn't help but think of her again as I was driving home. How much it would have meant to me when I was starting out, if someone (a total stranger) would have come over and told me they believed in me and they new I could do what I thought at the time was nearly impossible. I struggled so much with believing in myself along the way, that maybe something like that would have been just what I had needed from the start.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because I believe in you too! When you've lived life a certain way for so long and discover a way to overcome it, you want to share it with others. It becomes contagious. It's amazing to think that I care and believe in my readers as much as I care and believe in the people that I actually know who are working on making healthy lifestyle choices. I've gotten to know many of you through either email or comments on my blog, and I just want you to know that I sincerely care about your struggles and the journey you're on to a better you. I get excited when I get an email that tells me about your first 5K. I get excited to know you've gone a week without a Coke. It's exciting to follow your blog and see the change in you. I know it's not easy as I've been there myself, but it sure makes my heart happy to see you changing. It makes me want to say, "YES! I love it!" Occasionally, I even get a little teary when I read about these things. Why? Because I believe in YOU!