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Dec 30, 2016

Heather Wright: Progress, NOT Perfection

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I have been up and down on the scale throughout my entire life.  It wasn’t until two years ago that I made a conscious decision to change and to put a stop to the influx of toxins that I was allowing into my life.  Some of you may know that I am a recovering alcoholic.  My sobriety date is May 29, 2013.  I have a sponsor who also has a sponsor, and I go to meetings regularly.  I apply what I learn in meetings to my everyday life.  Yes, this means that I apply them to my food choices as well.  It is a day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, and second by second effort. Being honest with myself is very important for my recovery.  I am powerless over alcohol, and I am also powerless over sugar.  I can replace the word “alcohol” with any other word that I am powerless over, and for some reason, it changes the situation in my head.

In October of 2014, I took my “first shot for free” (a free class) at TITLE Boxing Club in Cary. That class forever changed my fitness/exercise life. I’ve been addicted ever since. Whether it be through class, personal training, or other services offered through the club, I have tried nearly all of them. I have lost over 100 pounds with the help and support of staff and trainers at TITLE.

My journey is just that: my journey.  I can’t tell people what to do, and they can’t tell me what to do when it comes to food.  All I can do is share my experience, strength, and hope with those who will listen.  Food will always be there, and I won’t always make the best choices.  However, I can have a daily reprieve and do better the next day.  I try not to be hard on myself when I do choose badly.  I work out really hard, and I have made so much progress. But, it’s just that: progress, NOT perfection.


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