Anytime I have gone through a weight loss journey, I have reached a point in that journey when I've just broken down and cried. Not with tears of pain, failure, or disappointment, but with tears of absolute joy. That is when you know that everything you have been doing has been worth it, and today, that point was reached.
On my run tonight, I got stopped by a neighbor asking my name. She told me she's noticed me walking and running around the neighborhood, and it has made her want to start exercising. I told her anytime she feels like it, she is more than welcome to join me. Soon after, I got stopped by another stranger who said he could tell I had lost weight and that I was doing an amazing job. He said anytime I needed a walking buddy to let him know.
It's nights like tonight that make this journey worth it. Yes, I enjoy buying new clothes and seeing the number on the scale go down, but when someone you've never met is proud of you or motivated by you, that's when you know you're doing something right.
No, I don't need the approval of others to make myself feel good, but damn, I have to admit it's pretty amazing. I started this blog as a personal diary, but I've always said that if I can make even one person want to change their life, I've done my job; the one that I never knew I needed to do in the first place.
So, if you're feeling discouraged or have no idea where to begin, think about this moment. Think about the moment you're going to cry happy tears while you watch all of the pieces of your puzzle fall into place. Because they will. I promise you, they will.