Give Yourself Love For the Next 100 Days!
I love watching The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss because the trainers Bob, Dolvett and Jillian and Chris Powell take people from a mental and physical state of depression and defeat and push them straight to the top of their potential in less than a year.
There are thousands of people every day who work on their own to conquer or master something through sheer practice and consistency. One such inspirational story is told in the recent film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, in which Joe Cross decides to drink only fresh juice for 60 days and ends up on an incredibly journey that changes more lives than just his own.
There’s even a website where people commit to doing something for 100 days straight, whether it’s learning to juggle or play the violin, or embarking on a weight loss journey.
This video from 100 Days tells the beginning of the story of LaKeisha Shurn who chose to work out every day for her 100-day journey and chronicled her ups and downs through the process. She starts out by stating the issues she is looking to work on and openly shares some of her feelings:
I am overweight, I have low self-esteem, I am going through depression… and I want to change all of that. [For the] next hundred days I will be on the journey of losing weight and finding myself.
One of the amazing things about LaKeisha is her determination to do it without waiting for the help of a celebrity trainer. I bet a lot of us made resolutions to exercise more this year. And we’re all keeping our resolutions perfectly so far, right? Well, as we all know it’s not always so easy. As is the case in this story, sometimes there is a combination of obstacles in the struggle to get healthy including excess weight, low self-esteem, poor diet, lack of resources and support, and mental and physical health challenges.
And LaKeisha isn’t alone in her complex battles. According to last year’s update by the American Heart Association, among Americans age 20 and older, 154.7 million are overweight or obese. And did you know that 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders?
Nearly 15 million Americans — one in 10 adults — experience depression each year, and about two-thirds don’t get the help they need.
Lethargy, depression, and self-pity can turn life into what feels like a deep valley of despair. When we notice this darkness is encroaching, we can start the inertia of a little positive movement. Going for a walk, reading something great, sitting with the feeling, finding some healthy vegan or raw recipes, calling a friend, going to a support group– these are things we can start doing to create even just a little upward momentum.
Even when the walls seem to close in, and the people who support us seem few, there are safe places we can go to be heard find help. Whether it’s seeking effective therapy, getting medical treatment, finding support groups for our specific issues, or all of the above, taking steps to care for our holistic selves, feel feelings and grow as a person is a wonderful and necessary gift to ourselves.
Deciding there’s nothing wrong, that we’re a lost cause, or that we can wallow a little longer- these are decisions to postpone the life we know we could be living. I know I want to use this year to shed another layer of old gunk, let go of fear and be free, be alive.
Is there anything you’ve been wanting to incorporate into your life that are willing to commit to doing for 100 days? I’m thinking of taking the challenge for meditation, and then maybe walking.
Making a commitment to do something for a finite amount of time reminds us that nothing lasts forever, and we can do anything we put our minds to, and that we can use our tendency to be “creatures of habit” to our advantage. Once you’ve been able to push past obstacles and do something for 100 days no matter what challenges arise, you realize there’s nothing stopping you, ever.
Please leave a comment with your thoughts about creating new habits, or ideas about fitness, motivation, or depression, and your favorite tools and resources that you want to share with others!