Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Weight loss, I've lost 70 lbs :

Weight loss, I've lost 70 lbs
"If you aren't willing to do it to maintain the weight loss, don't do it to lose the weight". This was the exact attitude I had when I sat down at 215 lbs, pre-diabetic, and a whole other slew of health issues, in June of 2018 and really evaluated how I wanted to take control of my life. I had done everything out there. I'm always able to lose weight, but never able to maintain and always gain it back, is what was going on inside my head.

I’ve done a 3 day juice cleanse & lost 12 lbs. But guess what happened as soon as I started eating the way I did? Gained it right back. I did the 21 day diets. Lost weight, but gained it right back. I wasn’t addressing any of my issues that landed me where I was.

When I was on the fence about rejoining WW a popular new way or losing was coming up (I'm not here to knock other ways of losing, just this is my personal view) and I highly considered it. I saw so many people losing and thought I could do it, But then I said to myself, yeah you'll lose, and then what? Are you going to be able to sustain that lifestyle? Are you going to be able to go the rest of your life without bread, potatoes, wraps, wine, pancakes, chips, ice cream, etc.? And I knew that was a HARD no. I would lose weight, feel good about myself and then after 2/3 months I would resent it it start to gain it all back, just like I did every other time.

Even my previous stints on WW, I would be successful, but wouldnt use my weeklies, wouldnt enjoy my life, I was too focused on losing fast, and then after one week off track think I'm a failure and quit.

This time, I said if it takes you longer, so be it. You're going to do it the right way, a way you can maintain for the LONG HAUL. I was so sick of the yo-yoing. So here I am. I may have lost slower than I could have if I did things to speed it up, but i did it in a sense where I've enjoyed all of my favorite foods (most ive found ways to make ww friendly), enjoyed every wedding, vacation, birthday, etc. Which I knew the only way I could do that was through WW since nothing is technically off limits!

So now for the first time in my adult life, I've lost 70 lbs, and have kept it off for almost a year. And while that may not seem like alot, its by far the longest in my adult life I've been able to sustain a lifestyle that involved changing my eating habits. I will forever have my struggles, but I am determined to do this for the long haul.

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