This is probably my 100th time trying to lose weight and keep it off. I have tried and failed many times before but this time seems different. It is crazy because I actually feel as if it might actually happen this time. In a few months, I might actually be under 200 pounds and that is exciting and scary at the same time. Below are a few things that I have learned on my most recent journey:
- Just Keep Going – I have recently lost 33 pounds from my heaviest weight and I have faced many hurdles along the way. I have had weeks where I ate nothing but cookies and white cheddar popcorn and skipped the gym more than necessary. I have also had days where I just really wanted a slice of keylime pie and decided that it was worth it to just be fat for the rest of my life. Days like these happen every time I attempt to lose weight but the difference this time is that when I slip, I jump back on the train. I don’t just throw my hands in the air like a two-year-old and give up, I get up, get back in the gym and eat the way a fit person in training should!
- You don’t Have to go Fast – Before when I attempted to lose weight, I was all about losing it as quickly as possible. If I wasn’t losing at least a pound per day, I wasn’t doing it right and my frustration turned into a full out binge session. I have been consistently trying to lose weight since April and I have lost a little over 30 pounds. I am losing weight much slower but I am also really losing the weight and praying that it never returns again. I have always heard that losing weight slower is healthier and now I understand why…
- Take Time to Relearn – It is important to take time and relearn how to eat. This is why I feel that it is okay to lose weight a little slowly. During the weight loss process if you don’t erase all of the horrible eating habits and replace them with a healthy relationship with food and lifestyle, you WILL gain the weight back and probably more than what you started with. Trust me, I lost and gained weight enough in my life to be an expert in this area. I am still changing my mind about certain foods. I am learning to live without lemon pepper wings and vegetable rice every weekend. I am learning that I can eat grapes with my sandwiches instead of chips. It is okay to eat dinner without a dinner roll and dessert is not a necessity for life. I have had these horrible eating habits for almost 30 years, it will take me longer than a few months to completely rewire my brain. I
- Break Bad Habits – This kind of goes hand in hand with the number 3 but I feel like it is somewhat different and it needs to mentioned separately. This time around, I am breaking old habits such as buying snacks and candy cars in the grocery store line, eating and going to sleep immediately, continuing to eat like crap because I messed up for breakfast, not eating out of boredom or any other emotion.
- Encourage Others Along the Way – Reaching back and encouraging others really does motivate you to keep pushing. When you know that people are watching you, you are less likely to let them down. With each pound that I lose, I find myself encouraging someone else to lose five. It’s a beneficial cycle that is worth the continuation.
I hope that some of these help you along your journey. I am learning something new each day and I pray that you are as well.