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Best of Operation Melt: So Many Feelings

Happy Summer! While I’m out having fun (and chasing my goals) in the summer heat, I am only publishing new blogs every 2 weeks.

But there’s no need to be sad because I am re-sharing this post from 2020.

Enjoy this Best Of Operation Melt blog, and stay tuned for a thrilling new post coming your way next week.

This was week 148 of my Operation Melt journey that started with my goal to escape obesity and lose over 100 pounds in under a year. For more than two years I have been sharing my journey to both keep myself accountable and to help you as you work to crush your own goals.

Make sure to tell me what you think via the Contact Me link. While you are at it, please consider purchasing a copy of my book Operation Melt: How I Used Life-Changing Project Management to Lose Over 100 Pounds In Under a Year.

So Many Feelings

Over the past few months several people have suggested that I watch a movie from last year called Brittany Runs a Marathon. They all told me that the movie reminded them of my journey. So I finally watched it this week.

A quick summary of the movie: Brittany is an overweight girl who parties too much and whose life is in kind of a shambles. She goes to the doctor and learns that she is in very poor health and she decides that she is going to make a change. She starts running, joins a running club and sets a goal to finish the New York Marathon. The movie follows her quest for fitness, for acceptance, for love and the ups and downs (physical and emotional) along the way.

I thought it was a fairly good movie with enough comedy to keep me interested but with a good story and some poignant points. There is are 2-3 scenes in particular that really stuck with me and I have replayed in my head a few times. I found some definite parallels between her journey and mine though some of the big things were very different. I mean more different than I am not a twentysomething female named Brittany and I have never run a full marathon. But you get the point.

What I wasn’t prepared for is the emotional reaction that this movie triggered in me.

I have talked before about the mental part of the weight loss journey. But the mental part of living a post weight loss life is definitely something that requires attention too. There are lots of emotions that still linger from the before time and from the transformation time. You never know when something is going to bring them out and there were a few parts of this movie that certainly brought them out for me.

So what’s my takeaway / ah ha from all of this? When you go through a very visible and impactful transformation be prepared to deal with emotions throughout and after the journey.

My Operation Melt journey has been a big part of who I am and it was my top priority for almost two years. I changed a lot about my life that had been there for over 40 years. That can’t happen without some emotions. My best example was standing in “Celebration Village” after my first Columbus Marathon half and crying in front of thousands of strangers because I had crossed the finish line – in the race and in my transformation.

The only solution to these emotions is to be patient with yourself and give yourself time to work through them. Don’t feel silly when they hit you (like I did), but expect that they will surprise you sometimes.

Meet Coach Tony

My name is Coach Tony, and I am a coach, author and project manager on a mission. I am working to build a world where no goal ever dies of loneliness.

I almost allowed one of my biggest life goals to die without ever being attempted for forty years. My goal almost died, not of failure but of loneliness. But, I took a risk and leveraged a simple, logical process that helped me wildly exceed my goal. 

I transformed my life, and you can do the same with the help of Operation Melt. 

Operation Melt provides engaging, practical content and hands-on coaching to inspire, motivate and equip project managers and other left-brained high-achievers to pursue and accomplish their biggest goals. 

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