Slowly, over the months of the pandemic, like so many, I’ve started to put on a few extra pounds– okay, a LOT extra for me. It’s funny looking back at how I played the blame game and justified my inaction:

“Julie, quit putting my jeans in the dryer for too long. They are shrinking.”
“I can’t get to the gym and I have no home equipment.”
“I’m under a lot of stress helping people, leading in a crisis.”
“I’ll get back to my best as soon as they lift the restrictions.”

I stood in front of the mirror over a year ago and finally said,


I didn’t go on a diet. I didn’t try to lose it in 30 days. I didn’t tell anyone I was struggling at the time.

I did start taking morning greens to fire up a new health habit. I wrote down my daily food choices to be intentional and accountable. I stopped eating past 8pm. I made MODERATION my mantra.

RESULT: I was down 15 pounds and holding strong!

My inspiration was Portia Nelson’s “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters”.

My friend, it’s time to recognize our part in seeking solutions– no matter how painful. It will lead to our ability to change, grow, and move forward in life!

Here’s to the man and woman in the mirror!

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Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.