The turning point happened in my kitchen. But it wasn’t when I was cooking, eating or washing dishes.
What happened in the kitchen actually took place in my head and changed my life forever and for the better. Here’s how it went down.
There was a huge question looming in my head. Once I articulated my thought bubble out loud, it was my business partner, who assisted in reminding me of the answer I already knew. I didn’t ask him if I looked fat in my dress. I already knew that I did. I didn’t ask him about our business. I already knew the status of that as well. What I did ask him was about possibility.
Fear and Doubt (they are nasty cousins and their job is to wreak havoc on your thoughts) had taken over my head and my ability to think clearly on an issue I had been struggling with. Did he think it was POSSIBLE for me to pull off a dream that I had had for 20 years…? With the understanding, of course, that I was 2 months short of turning 50 years old, 35 pounds overweight, mother of 3 and still held the dream of being a figure (bodybuilding) competitor? SO I asked if he thought it even remotely possible for me to achieve this goal.
His response opened the door for me to kick those cousins out once and for all.
He said “IF YOU THINK YOU CAN, THEN YOU CAN”.
SO at that very moment…the shift happened.
It was a colossal switch in my mindset. I remembered that that was the very message I had taught my children. I had a choice.
I could choose to (1) listen to the nasty cousins and other naysayers, the biggest one being myself, who told me that I was too old, hormonal, and menopausal. Those who said my body would never respond, that I should accept my body as is, that I looked good for my age, that all women have fat around their waists and that I would never be able to pull this off or lose the weight that I had struggled with for so long.
OR… (2) I could decide that I was going to do it, no matter what.
I decided to do it.
I put my food down, nothing was going to stop me.
With this decision came the reality of beginning a process, a process of believing, letting go, trusting and relationship building. I found inner strength, fierce determination, persistence, challenge and love.
Read the whole story: Strength Beyond Muscles – The Rosie Battista Story of Transformation.