Usually on the treadmills I am next to people who are jogging, but today I was between two people who were walking and not very fast. The lady to my right glanced over a few times, so I decided during my cool down to encourage her.
I leaned over and said, 'You're doing great!" to which she replied, "Oh thanks. I'm just starting."
I told her that if you would've told me a year ago I'd be doing this I would've laughed at you. I also told her that I started by walking last May and that I only just started jogging in January.
We exchanged a few more pleasantries and I was on my way.
I hope I encouraged this lady, because in reaching out to her I encouraged myself.
A year ago I wasn't concerned with my weight. I had decided to love myself how I was, but I was gaining more and more weight and beginning to have pain in my knees after long periods of standing. Thought I wouldn't admit it to anyone, I was still a bit sad deep down that I was so big. Plus it made me feel so old to be large and having knee trouble.
Today the last thing I mentioned to this lady was I'm a turtle in my journey. It's been slow, but I keep going. I know if I can see the changes I've seen over the last year for the better in my health I will continue to keep seeing more in the future...as long as I don't quit.
You know what they say, "Slow and steady wins the race, not the one who sets the pace." For me, that concept equals hope and it's what I cling to each day as I learn more about what I need to do to see myself reach my weight loss goals.