With January being the month of resolutions, especially folks wanting to drop the weight and get active, I thought what a better time to post about said topic? I’ve posted about the beginning of my journey before, so I won’t go through that again (though, please read the post if you have yet to). Instead, I thought I’d discuss maintenance and how that “battle of the bulge” really never ends.
As of now, I’ve kept off 75lbs of my weight loss for just over four years (if you want to be technical, it’s been 4 years and 4 months), and while I know I look the best and feel the best that I’ve ever been, the fight is not over. Keeping the weight off is just as hard, or harder than losing it in the first place (it’s harder, so no real debate there). There is no secret to keeping yourself healthy and fit other than hard work. I still have to workout regularly and watch what I eat to maintain my current weight.
In fact, I originally lost over 80lbs, so I’ve gained over 5lbs back, and that has happened in just the last year or less. I can never, and never want to go back to that 200lb+ girl that was unhappy and drowned her worries and sorrows in a bag of chips or a pizza. It may be great at the time to indulge in those crappy foods, but you will pay for it later (and, also probably have a horrible stomach ache).
Weight loss and your health is like riding a roller-coaster It is full of ups and downs. You’re going to have days where you are up and feeling great about yourself and how good you are doing with your eating and workouts. Then, next thing you know it, the track below you drops and you’re having second thoughts about getting on this crazy ride in the first place.
But, let me tell you, it is ALL WORTH IT. No matter how many days I wake up and think, “dang it, I’m so fat” or “ugh, I don’t want to go to the gym,” I push through. I push because I know that those bad days become few and far between the harder I work and the more I think positively. I think about how 5 years ago that I would have laughed at anyone telling me that I would be a marathoner in 2013. I think about my size 4 jeans, how I NEVER thought in my wildest dreams that I would be wearing single digits, let alone that size pants. Or, how I would learn to really love veggies like broccoli.
Getting healthy, making that decision to put down the chocolate bar (though, they are okay sometimes) and pick up a carrot or join your local gym will be something you will never regret. Sure, the first month will be difficult, but after that, it does get easier. Again, it’s never really easy, but it does get easier. It’s especially helpful when you see results in the mirror or you have to go shopping because your clothes are too big now.
So, do you have weight loss goals for 2014? I’d love to help be a motivator for you if so. You can never have too much motivation and inspiration. Post in the comments and let me know. Or, you can contact me via email or through twitter.