Dana Potocki: Wrapping up

Dana and Arielle celebrate the success of the three Scaling Back women in our big reveal last night.

What an amazing journey these past 4 months have been, truly! There are so many things that I have learned about myself, and certainly will continue to discover. Iâ??m not even close to my goal yet, but I am definitely on the right path.

Arielle had asked on our live segment last night what the hardest part was about this journey, and I answered â??all of itâ??. And, the other ladies responded during their segments with â??startingâ??. And, we are both right. See, every day you start over â?? it doesnâ??t matter if you are trying to get healthy, quit smoking, be more giving, or whatever. Each day is a new beginning to make you a better version than you of yesterday. We all have in us the ability to be better â?? we really do. With that new start each day comes a whole new set of challenges, and victories to come.

And, it is so hard! Oh how I know how hard it is to quit being naughty to yourself. You all know I quit smoking â?? it was difficult beyond compare! I had to fight, sometimes by the second, for every single smoke free breath I took. It hurt, too. Physically, mentally, spiritually â?? it was painful. Even today, well over a year since I smoked my last cigarette, I still fight â?? just not as often. And, in some ways, my battle is still the same, just the landscape has changed from inhaling the drug, to ingesting the drug (food).

Sometimes we get caught up in the method â?? we think we have to spend money on a program or process to get to where we need to be, and honestly? We do not. It isnâ??t about the method as much as it is about having support around us. Most of us know what food we should be eating â?? Twinkie vs. salad is a no brainer. Eating a 12 oz. Porterhouse vs. the recommended 3 oz. of lean meat â?? we can all do the math, there. But what makes the difference? Having a support system in place around you. One that is actively participating in your life â?? cheering you on in the victories and kicking your butt when you need it. There is an investment to be made, though â?? it is the one you make by deciding to go on the healthy path, every day.

As I move on in my quest to become healthy, I ask myself â??where do I go from hereâ??? The answer is the same as it has been every day since I started down the path to a healthier me â?? I move one step closer to my goal. I am still working through the medical issues, but now that Iâ??m getting a handle on them, I can make better choices on how to lose the weight and get back on my exercise regimen.

I owe a huge thank you to Arielle Berlin, Pat Livingston and Anne Cook at 7 & 4 News â?? they have been so kind and supportive to us through this entire process. Sure, it could be said they did it for the story and they did (cause, duh, it is what they do), but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they genuinely care about us individually, and how we progressed and how we continue to do. We werenâ??t just a story. Also, to Weight Watchers for providing a membership for the past 4 months.

And, the ladies over at Epiphany Salon East, especially Leann Klavon (my stylist). Thank you so much for making my makeover day so incredible! You are all very talented and everyone needs to try Epiphany out.

Last, my family who will continue this journey with me. Putting up with trial sugar free recipes and other healthy concoctions. Thank you for putting up with me and supporting me.

I will still be checking in here from time to time with an update. On my personal website I will be writing on a more frequent basis if you would like to follow me there as well.

â??The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who donâ??t want it badly enough. Theyâ??re there to stop the other people.â??

â?? Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture