On “getting something back we didn’t know we lost”

These were the words uttered by one of The Biggest Loser contestants this week:

“…we’re getting something back that we didn’t know we lost”


“I’m done being irresponsible with my health.”

I don’t know why, but these quotes both struck such a chord with me that I had to write them down while watching our DVR’d version with my husband last night.

Partly because it is just so heart-breaking to me to watch some of these contestants battle themselves the way that they do. Food has such a stronghold over them in some cases that they very easily fall back into the bad habits the second they are presented with temptation (those temptation scenes are the worst, I hate them, for the record). And it makes me cry everytime.

So when I see these contestants overcome their food battles and start to turn a corner, well, it really doesn’t get much better than that. To see them visibly shaking from gratitude that they are finally “getting something back we didn’t know we lost” and learning to be responsible with their health, it’s awesome.

And it reminds me, yet again, that I am filled with gratitude, especially health-wise. Sure, I have my down days where I don’t always feel quite so chipper about how I look or feel, but overall, I have nothing to complain about. I am thankful that I have never had a big-time weight problem to overcome, or a physical ailment that prevents me from achieving my health and wellness goals. Yet, it always touches my heart when I see others struggle with it and all I want to do is help – hug them, support them, encourage them. Show them that they are strong and that they can overcome.

This is probably why I love what this blog has become for me – not just an outlet to spout off about my favorite workouts and challenges, but to inspire change. Even the tiniest of changes. Change can be very good. It can help you get something back you didn’t know you lost.

For me, lately? I’m thankful that I’ve gotten my confidence back – I didn’t realize just how this Core Fusion Challenge would change me, psychologically. I feel confident and have far less of those self-doubt (‘i.e. “fat talk”) thoughts swirling around in my head than before. And I’m not quite sure why Core Fusion has done that for me…or if it’s just been a combination of things, Core Fusion being one of them. But I’m darn grateful, whatever the reasons may be.

What are you thankful for that you didn’t necessarily know you’d lost?


PS. Did you know today is National Drink Wine Day?? I say we collectively “cheers” tonight around 8pm to one another. I mean, who are we *not* to celebrate it??