I truly feel that a whole new world is opening up to me because I am ready to be honest with myself and experience and process my emotions instead of burying them. I am not talking about huge life changes but opportunities to connect with myself and those around me on a different level because I am taking care of myself. The experience of the show last week was exciting, enjoyable and overwhelming. I felt mentally and emotionally clear and focused. My 100-pound goal has seemed unfathomable and just too daunting to focus on, but now that I have lost 37 pounds in the first three months, I know I can reach my weight loss goal.
More important than reaching my goal, I am confident that I will be able to maintain the weight loss after my experience with Bob and Oprah is finished. Bob has done a great job identifying a number of small changes that, put together, are powerful and lead to significant and steady weight loss. I love Bob's simplistic approach to weight loss and his focus on making a better life for yourself—this not really a diet but a lifestyle change. Slow and steady wins the race.
My next short-term goal is to be able to comfortably wear my wedding ring. I am probably about 15 to 20 pounds away from this goal. About three years ago, the sausage links attached to my hand became so chubby that I needed to remove my wedding ring, fearing it would cut off the circulation. Not being able to wear my wedding ring has depressed me from a weight standpoint. But much more than that, the ring symbolizes the commitment I made to Kerry on our wedding day, and not being able to wear it for so long hurts. Being able to put that ring back on will be a symbol to Kerry that I am just as committed to her and to us as the day we took our vows. "The old Bill" is back!
I am also motivated by everyone who has told me that I have inspired them, and some of those people have surprised me. Brian, one of my business partners, who is already in great shape, is now training with me twice a week. He is now inspired to take his fitness to the next level and make sure that he takes the time for his workouts. I know that my twice-a-week trainings with my trainer Lee are now going to be that much more productive with Brian and me pushing each other further than we would on our own.
Keep moving forward,