How Did I Get Here? – Annette Klenklen Transformation

Annette KlenkenHave you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and find someone looking back at you that you didn’t recognize? You check around to see if someone was playing a practical joke on you? Then, you slowly realize you are looking at yourself?

That happened to me, I was looking at my reflection and saw a person who slightly resembled me but was nearly 100 lbs overweight. My inner radio station kicked in and played the Talking Heads lyrics “And you may ask yourself – Well, how did I get here?”

Instead of jumping into action and do something about my weight, I actually started to defend myself with excuses:

“I had surgeries not long ago, how can I exercise when I can barely walk?”

“I can’t exercise, it’s too painful!”

“I have to care for my family members and too busy”

“I’m not as young as I used to be and my metabolism is slow”

Find a Way, Not an Excuse

Begrudgingly, I decided those obnoxious quotes about excuses where probably right. I realized it was time to stop the excuses and to do something about my health and weight and make a plan.

There is no one right way to diet and so many ways to go about it. I found the key is to find something that works for you and stick to it. Since I am a trained Project Manager, I decided that I would tackle this the way I knew best – as an improvement project for myself!  I drew up my own personal Weight Loss Project Charter and outlined my DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) steps to get ‘er done!  

Next time: The “Healthy Me Project”

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