I felt stuck. I was disgusted with how I looked. I was so uncomfortable in my own skin and was really unhappy! I desperately wanted to lose weight, but I was starting to believe that things may always be this way…I would always be overweight and unhappy.
Maybe that’s you…
Maybe you are right where I was! You’ve tried diet after diet and nothing seems to work long-term. You feel stuck and you are starting to lose hope. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to feel like this and things CAN change.
On this month’s weigh-in post, I want to do something a little different. I will not only be giving an update on my weight loss, but I’ll also give a quick recap on my journey so far. My hope is that my story will encourage those of you out there that want to make a change, but you just can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
My weight loss journey started after years of feeling less than…
After years of overeating and not taking care of my body, I started my weight loss journey at 253 pounds. This was the heaviest that I had ever been in my life and I hated looking in the mirror at myself. The mirror brought embarrassment and shame because it reminded me of how far I had let myself go.
I was tired of feeling this way. Not only was I emotionally spent because of how I felt about myself, but I was ALWAYS tired, no matter how much sleep I got. I was also so out of shape that walking up the stairs to get to my apartment was even a chore. I wanted a change… I NEEDED a change!
It wasn’t like I had not tried to lose weight before. I had. I had tried more diets than I could even count, but nothing seemed to work long-term. All of the diets that I tried would work temporarily. Each time I went on a diet the same thing would happen… I would lose a couple of pounds and just as fast as I lost those pounds I would gain them back, PLUS a few extra.
And it begins…
A little over a year ago, after years and years of yo-yo dieting, I vowed that I was going to lose the weight for good! Unsure of how I was actually going to lose weight, I promised myself that this time would be different…I was not going to do any form of dieting. I had lost all faith in diets and I knew that I would never go on another one. I was convinced that dieting did not work. I knew that if I was going to lose the weight and keep it off for good, I had to lose it in a healthy way, free of diets and all of their crazy diet rules.
Even though I was determined to lose weight I was lost at what to do to actually make that happen. I didn’t know what foods to eat… what exercises to do… I basically knew nothing! I didn’t know if anything that I would do would even work. I was afraid that I would fail, but I knew that I had to try.
Although I didn’t know the ends and outs of what it would take to lose weight naturally, I decided to start making small changes in my life. One of the first things that I did was I started drinking a lot more water and eliminated (for the most part sugary drinks). After implementing small changes, little by little and week by week I started to notice that I was losing weight. As I write this post today, I have lost 42 pounds in total.
The weight loss has not been fast, but it has been steady. Although I’ve been consistently losing weight, it’s important for me to note… I’ve had ups and downs. I’ve had weeks where I’ve lost weight and weeks where I’ve gained weight. The month of May is a good example of that.
MAY’S WEIGHT LOSS NUMBERS
Starting Weight January 2018: 253
Ending Weight April 2019: 211.4
Week 31 Weigh-In (May 1, 2019): 212.4
Week 32 Weigh-In (May 10, 2019): 211.6
Week 33 Weigh-In (May 15, 2019): 211.6
Week 34 Weigh-In (May 22, 2019): 215.2
Week 35 Weigh-In (May 29, 2019): 211.0
Weight Lost Since Last Month: – .4 lbs
Total Weight Lost Overall: – 42.0 lbs
I’ve learned that it is important not to get fixated on the number on the scale. As you can see my weight fluctuated quite a bit in May. It really goes to show that my weight loss journey is not linear. Chances are yours won’t be either. Some weeks the scale will be up… some weeks the scale will be down… it’s just a part of the process!
Each time I get on the scale and see a higher number than the week before, I take note of that number and move forward. I’ve come to realize that it’s not the weight gain itself that’s important, but it’s what I do after I get off the scale that matters most. Will I move forward or will I throw in the towel? Each and every time that I face a higher number on the scale, that I don’t want to see, I am faced with that decision. I always choose to move forward. You will be faced with the same decision. You’ll have to decide which decision you will make.
Small steps changed everything…
It’s crazy to believe that not too long ago I felt like I may never lose weight. I’m glad that I tried despite my fear. If you want to lose weight, but you’re afraid to try, my advice to you is just start today. Don’t be concerned with knowing all the ends and outs of how you will make it happen. Start right where you are.
Start today by taking one small step. For you, that may be walking around your neighborhood for 10 minutes or drinking a bottle of water. Whatever that small step is for you, take it today. Take it little by little and step by step each day. If you fall down or get off course just get right back up and continue moving forward. Remember, persistence is what matters… not being perfect and getting things right all the time.
As scary as the first step may be, you can do it! If I can move past my fear of failing, so can you! It will not be easy. It may be uncomfortable at times, but it is so worth it! It’s worth it to look into the mirror and see a person that you like. It’s worth it to stop missing events because you have nothing in your closet that fits. It’s worth it to feel better and have more energy. I promise it’s all worth it!
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