Recently I marked the third anniversary of my first day on the set of Season 4 of The Biggest Loser. I am amazed—although not surprised—that the show is more popular than ever as it continues to motivate, inspire and change lives.
I am a life that was changed through my experience. So this week has been kind of cathartic, not just for me but for many of my fellow cast members as we have reconnected and reminisced about all we’ve learned over the past three years. I wanted to share some of these things with you.
1. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t…you are right. Let that one sink it, because it’s so true. Our own self-fulling prophecies can make or break our success.
2. “Little is much when God is in it.” It was nothing more than a long shot for me (a Fat Chance actually) for me to be selected to be a part of this process. I didn’t feel like I had much to offer. But when God has a special plan for your life, you better be prepared for the impossible to become possible.
3. Anything worth having is worth working hard for. It sounds cliché but it is so true. And whatever you work hard for—you value more. And you’ll be more likely to stay true to it.
4. It [eating right, exercising and living a life of balance] doesn’t get easier; you have to stay firm in your commitment.
5. Living a life of self-condemnation or wallowing in guilt doesn’t accomplish anything. I felt so much guilt for the poor choices I made in the past—especially in regard to how they affected my child. But I realized that letting go of those guilty feelings leaves a feeling of peace in their place and nothing beats that!
6. I am still committed to the changes I’ve made in my life for the same reasons. Each day I remind myself that living the life I was created to live is a precious gift that I shouldn’t take for granted. I still have my days when I feel like I stumble, but I never want to forget where I was three years (and 100 pounds) ago and allow that memory to fuel me for the future.
7. Selfish is not a dirty word. In our society sometimes we are taught that it is. But instead I have become an advocate of the fact that if you make yourself a priority, you truly can be a better, stronger you—for the ones you love the most.
8. A little bit of something good is better than nothing at all. Whether it’s exercising just a little or cutting your caloric intake just a bit—a little bit of those good things are better than disregarding them altogether.
9. Every day really is a new start. Every morning His mercies are new. (Lamentations 3:22-24)
10. I am worth it! And so are you! That’s the thing I have come to appreciate the most from all I’ve learned over the past three years. I don’t say I’m worthy out of any vain or self-indulgent idea. I say it because God—the creator of the universe says I am. And when you really embrace that reality then it will change your life. It did mine.
I really did enjoy catching up with some of my Biggest Loser family this week. And I am forever grateful for Hollie, Isabeau, Bill, Jillian, Nicole, Jim and the many others who continue to provide me with accountability and who continue to inspire me.