18 Apr 2012
Sounds so easy, right? Four words that everyone says when you ask how to lose weight. People who are successful will tell you that is all it takes. Sure, do not get me wrong. If you do eat less and move more you will lose weight…
Sometimes in life, things are not that simple. Well, at least not for me. I am the different one. I am the food addict.
I look at food differently than others. I can eat over 10,000 calories in one sitting without blinking an eye. I can have a great day tracking and then go crazy in a matter of minutes. I know the power of one bite. It leads to many more for me. I cannot have that one splurge. It turns into a lot more.
My whole life people have told me how easy it is to lose weight. There are so many plans. There are pre-packaged meals that will make life easier for dieting. There are so many fun workouts. Easy, easy, easy!
Well, weight loss has never been easy for me. Sure, I would lose weight for periods of time… only to gain it all back and then some.
Each time I thought I had it. When I would lose, I got cocky. It is easy! I have lost a lot of weight, why can’t others do the same. Why was I ever overweight?
I thought I figured out the whole “Eat Less, Move More” mentality. Unfortunately, I failed at it- all the way to being over 400 pounds.
Being over 400 pounds is different. Your life changes. You just hope to make it another day. Going up stairs took quite a while with breaks. Sitting in a car was a challenge. Finding clothes was a joke.
Then something happened. It was not about being simple or easy. It was something necessary. I could not live like this anymore. It was not fair to so many people in my life, including myself! Every day I forced myself to control what I ate. Every day I made myself workout. Every day I made a point to write down all of my food.
Then I realized that weight loss is not simple. It is necessary for some. I was one of those people. I had to make it work. If not, well, I probably would not be writing this.
I made it work and lost over 200 pounds. I changed my life forever. I will say that it got easier with time. Eating fruits and vegetables started tasting better. Working out became fun. Being able to put on smaller clothes made it all worth it. It is still a struggle though- a struggle I am willing to live with.
Easy? Simple? I would not say that about weight loss.
And this is coming from a pretty good success story.
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