The Biggest Loser

nodell   April 24, 2016   Comments Off on The Biggest Loser

75 pounds, nicole o'dell weight loss exercise fit and busy lifeSo, I’ve lost almost 100 pounds and have returned to focusing on fitness with the same intensity I had once upon a time. Does that make me a Biggest Loser? I’m so happy to feel the vigor rising from within…the passion that looks at food as fuel and nutrition as part of an end goal. For me, that end goal is to be faster and fitter and to have fun doing it. And most of all, to be a good example to my kids and others.

One of the things that has helped me to finally lose weight and will ensure I keep it off is figuring out my food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities. Believe it or not, those are three different things. I will blog about that in upcoming weeks–you won’t believe the list of stuff I can’t eat. The almost-the-end result is that I’ve lost 98 pounds!

Above is a picture from when I reached the 75-pound mark. I’ll share another side-by-side when I hit my 100-pound goal–maybe this week! Now, don’t get me wrong–I may be almost done losing weight, but I’ve got a ways to go on my fitness journey. I have not broken a 10-minute mile, yet. I don’t quite bike at 15 mph. I don’t swim the half mile in under 17 minutes. But, you know what? I’m totally okay with that. A couple of years ago it took me 1:15 to do a 5k. The other day I jogged 8 miles in 1:34. That’s progress, and I’m great with that.

The Biggest Loser

I watched The Biggest Loser 2016 makeover week (I know, I’m way behind) early this morning while I was on the treadmill and the bike. Let me tell you, it’s really hard to do cardio while you’re crying, but there is something so inspiring to watch their journeys. And then to realize that I’m at the tail end of that weight-loss journey myself. Hopefully the people around me thought it was sweat, not tears that streamed down my face.

So, next comes a 100-pound side-by-side. Here’s a sneak peek…

Sneak Peek arms weight loss nicole o'dell

Now, back to The Biggest Loser. There were two things that stood out to me about the contestants.

1. Yes, they got makeovers, and they looked great, but the focus was on the inner change. They gained confidence and learned to show themselves grace. That’s a big one for me.

2. Some of them talked about the example they want to be to their kids and others. My kids watch every move I make and for the most part they’ve learned good things from me. But over the past 5-7 years, they’ve seen me fall into a physical funk. I bet they don’t remember the old me (the one who is emerging now) because they were so young when she was around. All this talk about pacing and triathlons and running, biking, and swimming…that’s all new to them. I’m so grateful for the change that has happened in my body, mind, and soul so they can now learn good stuff from this part of me, too.

In the process of my transformation, one of my daughters has also gotten a handle on some food allergies and did a complete elimination plan…she is experiencing health and vitality like she hasn’t seen in years. The triplets are doing their first race later this summer. And last night I even heard the words, “Mom, can you make that zucchini-avocado stuff again?” In a home that relied too heavily on processed, convenience foods, those words were music to my ears.

 I’m so thankful for my reawakening, and I’d love to help you experience yours. What is holding you back from achieving your goals? What will it take for you to make a single step of forward progress this week? How can I pray for you as you face your own fitness journey?