This morning at the gym, a man came up to me while I was on the treadmill and started talking to me. I had seen him at the gym before but we had never actually spoken before.
He didn’t introduce himself, but instead he said, “I know it can be hard, but keep you head up, it’s all worth it in the end.” I thought that was all he was going to say but he kept talking.
He told me he used to be over 400 pounds. He said he started losing weight as soon as he started working out, but after a few months he said he felt unmotivated and thought about quitting.
I thought to myself, this is how I feel right now, I just feel like I have lost all my motivation.
Then he said I am going to tell you something that I have never told anyone else before. I don’t know why but I got a little scared, but all I could manage to say was “Okay.”
He told me that 3 years ago today a lady came up to him and told him her story. He said and what that lady told me changed my life.
He said she told me to wake up each morning and tell yourself it is going to be the best day of your life, and then do everything in your power throughout the day to make it the best day. Mind over matter. He said then she told me if you believe every day that you can lose weight, and you can be healthy, then you can. If you fill your head with positive thoughts, then you will get positive results.
He said she told him to pick out one thing each day that you like about himself, or that he are thankful for. And then when he are having a bad day, or feeling down on himself to go look at all those things he wrote down. He said she promised him it would bring a smile to his face.
I got off the treadmill, and stood in front of him.
He looked at me, smiled, and said, “I did what she said, and I lost about 200 pounds in 2 years, and I never felt more empowered in my life. I am happier and more confident than I have ever been, and I know it is because of her.”
He then confidently said, “You can do this!”
He started to walk off, but he stopped and turned around and said, “When you finish your journey to becoming fit, find someone in the gym that reminds you of yourself when you first started, and tell them your story. I know it will help them, like that lady helped me, and hopefully like I helped you.”
I walked over to him and gave him a hug, and told him how amazingly grateful I was for him coming up to me today, and telling me his story.
Even though I’m not done with my own journey, maybe this will inspire some of yall, it definitely inspired me. I am so happy I met this man today in the gym!!!