Do you ever look back at moments of decision in your life and wonder… “Where would I be if I wouldn’t have made that choice?” Whether it’s where you went to school, where you decided to live, a job, a marriage, or even a trip in which you met someone or learned something that altered the course of your life.

I ponder this question every August. I think about how a decision I made four years ago this month has transformed my entire life… my health, my relationships with my husband and kids, my outlook on life and even my career.

My decision to work with a health coach to lose weight was a leap of faith.  I didn’t even tell anyone at first because I didn’t want to let anyone know that I was opening myself up again, to a possibility of something more. I hated my body and even though I heard stories of hope from my health coach, I just couldn’t believe that it could apply to ME. Surely, this was just another case of me setting myself up for disappointment, right?

Even when friends started noticing that I was losing weight, I would hear myself respond back to their compliments, with phrases like, “Well, let’s see if I can keep it off!” WHOA… talk about someone who truly did not believe in herself. I’d been down this road several times before and made strides forward, only to hit a wall and slide back into hopelessness and embarrassment.