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by Joleen Whelchel

I’ve heard the quote from the great Les Brown, “you don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great” many times in my life. I’m not sure the first time I heard it, but I do know that every time I start something scary, something new, something I don’t know much about, those words permeate in my brain as a little reminder that I just have to start.

Last Wednesday at 11:00 am I walked in the door at PHD Weight Loss and Nutrition. I can’t lie, I was nervous. I was fearful that this program would be too hard, too much for me to handle right now. My husband and I are in the middle of remodeling, and I don’t even have a functioning kitchen right now, how in the world am I going to do this? The same little devil that sits on my shoulder every time I start something new was sitting up there, whispering in my ear all the reasons why “now might not be a good time”. But then, the words of the great Les Brown came in the other ear, “you don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great!” So, I opened the door, checked in, and made the first step…

Well, that’s not quite true. I guess the first step was the dream that my 45-year-old body could be the best it’s ever been. The dream that this year, I would finally lose that last 15 pounds. This year I would get my body fat percentage to match the effort I put in at the gym. This year I would reach out for help with the one thing I can never get just right, my nutrition. The dream that I can look the way I’ve always wanted to look, even in a swimsuit. The dream that even though I come from a family of larger women, and all of us carry our weight in our bellies, that I can beat my genetics and have a flat stomach for the first time in my life…..that’s right folks…the first time in my entire life!

So, I opened the door, checked in, and started. Started the conversation about my goals. Started the conversation about my optimum health. Started the weigh in, started the body analytics, started my commitment to my optimum health, and found my starting line.

As I write this on the first official morning of my journey, I have to say I’m so glad I started. Dr. Ashley and her team took my fear and apprehension and, by showing me a very doable plan for my first week, changed that fear into excitement!

It doesn’t matter if you have 10 or 100 or 200 pounds to lose, you don’t have to be great to get started, you just have to get started to be great!

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