I did – and that is a regret I have. But perhaps sharing my story will result in someone else having the courage to act earlier than I did!

My back hurt for years because of my excess weight. But it didn’t hurt ‘badly enough’ for me to do something about it.

I could still function…barely, but I got by.

I like to talk in metaphors so I will compare my back pain to being stung by ants.

It was like I was sitting on an ants nest and complaining about being stung.

The obvious thing would have been to get up and move!

But moving seemed like more of an effort than being stung. So for a long time I simply put up with it. 

I complained bitterly, but I didn’t have the momentum to DO anything about it. So I just sat there.

Eventually the stinging became painful enough that it was worse to continue to be stung, then to move, and so I moved.

Now that the weight is released my back does feel considerably better, however the damage is still there, and unfortunately it’s unlikely to recover fully.

Where in your life are you sitting on top of an ants nest?  

My advice to you is two-fold:

Firstly, don’t wait for life to be painful enough. If you want to make a change, start now, take action today.

It doesn’t have to be massive action, in fact that kind of action would probably do you a disservice, as it’s not sustainable.   Instead I would suggest choosing something really small, an action so tiny that you can’t NOT do it. 

The first tiny action is the hardest, but from there you start to gather momentum.

Secondly, don’t look for someone else to save you.  As hard as it is, you have to save yourself.  No one can do this FOR you.  

In saying that, although this is something you must do for yourself, you don’t have to do it alone.  Find yourself supportive peeps to walk alongside you.  If you can’t find the group you want, create your own x 



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