Contributed by Noreen Sumpter, Personal Life Coach


When people hear the story of weight loss they only see the final result. They get all wrapped up in the final goal, and forget that any change is a journey of self-discovery.  They get discouraged by the pace of change and criticize themselves if the process is not fast enough.  But I want you to know it is a slow journey.

When I started, slowly down the fat hill I went.  It was a very high and steep hill.  I had no idea how high or how steep my fat hill was.  However, when I felt my legs rubbing together and heard my stockinged thighs making a sound similar to that of mice in a bag of chips, I knew it was time to release some fat. So I started off on my journey down the fat hill.

If I had not chosen to walk slowly down the fat hill, I would have ended up rolling down the fat hill and God only knows what kind of injury I would have sustained.   By slowly walking down the fat hill, I realized that I needed some support.  I could do it, but I was unaware of what to do, how to do it and wondered if I would have enjoyed doing it by myself.  Now, I am the typical lone ranger. I do things on my own and swear that I can.  But there are times when even a Lone Ranger, needs a Tonto. Lilli was my first Tonto.

Lilli is my health coach.  She would call every week and we would just talk.  I was kidding myself really thinking that between doing Nintendo Wii and walking in the park I could make it happen.  In reality, I needed help because I had no idea how to help myself.  I knew I was overweight, but I had no idea how overweight I was.  My fat was hard and tight and its address was 1 Round the Middle Avenue in the town of Back Fat.   Anyway, Lilli and I would talk and share.

Next I began exercising by stalking a woman in the park one Saturday, and trying to do her routine but, I was unable to keep up.  I decided it was time to get a trainer. So, in pops Dr. Evil—he was posting flyers in the park.  He looked decent and, in my friendliest manner, I asked him what he was doing.  He was starting a Boot Camp and I took one of the flyers.  I called him a few weeks later and had a consultation with him. When we began working together, he just about killed me.  I never sweated so much in my life—I left a butt print when I sat on the monument in Fort Green Park. OMG.  That was it, he was my trainer and the rest is history.

Before Dr. Evil, I could not do a single pushup.  I could not run up the stairs without being out of breath. Dr. Evil didn’t care he just said, “Do it!”  No small talk, no chat.  We worked out and I left.  He told me the goal was one pound a week.  Even though I grinned, I was really gritting my teeth. However, I had to admit that a pound a week sounded reasonable to me and, with Dr. Evil by my side, I became consistent with my workouts.

Today, I have a team of people who take care of me including a health coach, a trainer, a therapist, a cleaning lady, a stylist, an assistant and an organizer. Together they support me to be my greatest self. I have never understood just how much asking for help really helped me—now I do!

In life there are things that we are just not good at. My suggestion now is ask for help, clear the mess and live a full life.

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Noreen Sumpter, Personal Life Coach: works with High Achievers who feel trapped in their private life.  They lack personal confidence and self-esteem. By helping them clear mental clutter and dissolve limiting beliefs, they can take deliberate steps, own their voice, speak their truth and have the freedom to live life their way.  “Live Life Your Way” 

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