Gold medal slimmers
I'm just wiping away another tear having watched Andy Murray win a gold medal in the tennis. What a fighter that man is, how hard he's worked to get that medal. Even when everyone said he was a loser, he kept going. There's something about these sporting heroes that gets me every time, especially when they have had to fight their way through, fight their demons and all that life throws at them to get there.
Murray's not the only athlete that's had me in tears over the last few days - the winners of gold and those whose dreams were shattered have taken us all from pillar to post in a veritable flood of human endeavour, courage and persistence. It's all that's best about us human beings - the way we have our dreams and we fight and fight to get there. Life doesn't always work with us, but still we persist.
I felt very much the same a week or so ago when I was lucky enough to meet the most recent Tesco Diets success stories at a photo shoot in Milton Keynes. What an awesome group of folk they are of all different ages and backgrounds, but every one of them had reached their dream. Not only had they lost a shed load of weight, they'd also got through some pretty hard stuff and were each and every one of them inspiring others to take on the challenge too. It was wonderful to see such extra ordinary human beings and hear their stories and they looked happy, confident and stunning.
And then who should walk in but Dame Kelly Holmes - yes you did read that right - the Dame Kelly Holmes also turned up to the photo shoot and we all got the chance to hear her talk about how she got those gold medals. There's something really powerful about being in direct contact with another human being who's inspired you over the years, the way she has tackled adversity and won through is awesome. We sat and absorbed her every word - how she has a sweet tooth and used chocolate as a reward in the hard bits of her training. Just like us, Dame Kelly loves a takeaway. She planned it and made sure afterwards that she was straight back onto the plan - no drift for her. Dame Kelly's busy life meant that she didn't get to the gym every day (phew!) but she made time when she could, even running up the stairs in the advert breaks. Food was fuel, something her body needed to work at its best. Her mental discipline and focus was awesome.
Us weight loss folk might think we're not even the same species as the Olympians, but we are, they are human just like us. Dieters and Olympic athletes have a lot in common. You and I might not be out to win an Olympic medal or to run faster than anyone else on the planet, but that doesn't mean our challenge to lose weight and stay slim and healthy is easy or worthless. It's hard. Staying slim for me is much more of a challenge than I expected. If I'm going to do this, I will have to push myself hard and keep at it through the hard times as well as the good ones. I will have to focus on my goal and make it happen. It doesn't matter if everyone else in the entire world finds it easy, it's my challenge and I have chosen to take it on.
So, if you're like me and struggle to maintain your weight, then be inspired by your fellow human beings in the Olympics and on the success story page. They might be exceptional, but just like you and me they are human. Let's respect the difficulty of our challenge to get slim amd stay slim, celebrate the success of those of us who make it to their target weight and let's encourage and support each other to keep at it and keep going.
Wherever you are on your diet journey, good luck! Keep going, look at the others who've made it and look forward to the day when you too are a gold medal slimmer!