The bottom is that point where you realize that you can’t continue on in the same manner and that you need a change. Whether it be with your weight, your job, or an addiction.
The bottom is a revelation, it is a turning point where you are now ready to change and let go of the excuses.
People often wonder why they yoyo diet, or continually stop and start a healthy living regime. It’s because they haven’t hit their bottom. They want to change, but they don’t want to put in the effort. Change means hard work and sacrifice and some people just aren’t ready. They are looking for that quick fix or only view a “diet” as a short term thing. They aren’t ready to make a lifelong change.
But what happens when you are ready is amazing. The revelation that comes with hitting bottom means that the effort that used to seem impossible suddenly seems easy. If it moves you towards your goal, that sacrifice doesn’t seem so great. You step away from the fads and focus on what will take you to where you want to be.
This point is different for everyone. For me it was trying to squeeze myself into the super form fitting dress my friend chose for her bridesmaid’s dresses and just being fed up with where I had let myself get to. I had stopped all forms of exercise and I felt weak and unhappy. One day I woke up and said enough is enough and I stepped on the treadmill and I haven’t stopped since.
How do you know when you reach your bottom? Well the easy and hard answer is that you just do. You will be suddenly filled with a drive that you never knew you had before, then you know you have hit your bottom. And you can only go up from there!