What I have learned about losing weight

I have a weight loss milestone in sight.

The big one.

Target Weight.

As time has gone on, I have cared less about the numbers on the scale. I am now much more excited when I find that I can do something in the gym that I couldn’t do just a few weeks ago.  But that isn’t to say that the satisfaction in reaching a weight loss goal has gone away.

And I have lost my weight over the last few years, there are some things that I have found to be true about the process.  Here they are…..

It will be hard work. But then again, so is being fat.

It will take a long time. Longer than you think; there are no sustainable quick fixes.

You are capable of more than you ever thought you could be.

Sometimes, you will have a bad day or a bad week. You will fall back into bad habits.  You might even binge a little.  But you can continue along the path all the same.

Exercise hurts. In the beginning, it hurts a lot.  But you can get to like those aches and pains in a strange sort of way, as they are a symbol that you are changing who you used to be.

There will be times when you think you cannot go on. Trust me, you can.

If you eat what you have always eaten, you will weigh what you have always weighed.

You will never regret making this change.

Some bits of your skin will never go back to how you would like them to be. That sucks, to be honest.

Belief is everything.

It took years to put it on, so you can’t expect it to come off in a few weeks. One pound at a time – keep your eyes on the prize.

It is never too late to make this change.

Buying new clothes in the next size down is one of the best feelings in the world.

The only person who can do this, is you.

You will have to give up some of the foods that you love. You will miss them a little, but it is far outweighed by what you get in return.

Excuses don’t burn calories. Dieting alone isn’t enough.  You need to exercise too.

No matter how busy you think you are, you have time for exercise. You just have to want to make the time. Many people who say that they don’t have time to exercise have time to go to the pub.

You will start to enjoy exercise. Honestly.

Diets don’t work. Especially crash diets.  Sustainable lifestyle changes are the only way.

You will have bad days. But this isn’t a reason to give up.  Just start again, tomorrow.

You are totally in charge of your own perspective on your weight loss.

You are not trapped by your weight, and neither are you defined by it. You are only trapped by your own attitude towards it.

And the most important truth of all: it will be worth it.

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