Back in 2010, I read Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. I LOVED it. Now this book has nothing specifically to do with being healthier or exercise, but about truly living life and telling a story that’s worth being told.

“Here’s the truth about telling stories with your life. It’s going to sound like a great idea, and you are going to get excited about it and then when it comes time to do the work, you’re not going to want to do it. It’s like that with writing books, and it’s like that with life. People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain.” – Donald Miller

Something about this resonated within me. I want to make changes and then I just don’t. There is a glitch between thinking and doing.

One area in my life where this glitch occurs is living a healthier story. Losing weight is not easy for me. The only time in my life that weight came off beautifully was when we moved to South Africa. I lost about 40 lbs in the 1st 4 months! I exercised 6 times a week, the food we ate wasn’t processed, and we only ate out once a week.

I want to live a healthier story.

In October 2011, I joined a Facebook group with a couple friends and a bunch of strangers. Each week one person in the group put together a 5-day workout schedule using FREE online HIIT workouts.

January of 2012, I started on a quest to loss weight following the guidelines in Jackie Warner’s This is Why Your Fat. I’ve lost over 30 pounds since then, but I’ve been stuck at this lose for a while. With the stress of our adoption last summer, my weight loss came to a screeching hault (perhaps there’s an emotion component to my eating). My goal is to lose 45 more pounds.

I’ve realized that I eat is likely 90 percent of the weight-loss puzzle for me and it’s a day to day struggle.

And yet it’s a struggle that I want to take, because I’ve realized losing the weight allows me to accomplish the goals that I have for my body.

Let me explain…

Is anyone else completely impressed and inspired by the strength of Crossfit athletes?

I’d be thrilled if I could do ONE unassisted pull-up and this girl is going at record speed (week 5). Amazing! I presently struggle with pull-ups. Ok, I presently struggle just dangling from a pull-up bar. I’d love to get there.

My realization of the last year is that this quest of A Healthier Story is not a quest to be skinny. This is a big deal in my body image thought process.

My desire is to be strong, healthy and energetic and be the best version of me. I want to make food choices that help my body work at it’s optimum and give me energy. I want to continue to be an example to my children. My kids have realized that exercise is a part of daily life. We do burpees, push-ups and the more unique wat stand.

This makes me proud.

And it’s not just about my body, it’s about caring for my mind and my soul too.

I’d love for you to join me on this journey to A Healthier Story.