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This week I wanted to talk a little bit about something I saw on Facebook recently that resonated with me a little bit and I wanted to point it out here on the blog. A woman I went to high school with had posted about the amount of "friends" she had who had tried making her feel bad about losing weight. They told her that it was easy for her to lose weight and that it wasn't that easy for others.
This struck me. As someone who use to have trouble losing weight after I had my oldest child, I can understand how hard it truly is for some people. However, I also know the benefits of getting off my rear, getting out there, and just pushing through every workout. I know the benefits of eating better. And it doesn't take one or the other, it takes BOTH to be effective. It's not easy, for anyone. There are days and nights (because I get at least two in a day) that I just don't feel like climbing on that elliptical or picking up those weights. There are times when I feel like I'm going to die if I go any longer than minutes, but I push through it. You're not done when you get tired, you are done when you are finished with the goal you set for yourself. No one said weight loss was easy. If it was, everyone would be their version of the perfect size, which in my opinion is effected by the influence of our society.
For example, I'm not immune to the haters or the bullies. In school - from middle school to high school- I was frequently called a fat ass. Despite being 5'3" and a very tiny 101 pounds. That effects you a lot mentally, and not just for a short while. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this on here before, but I suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder. At one point in my life, I would workout for 4 hours straight and never feel like it was good enough. My weight (or lack there of as it were in reality) wasn't the only problem, but I won't get into my other ticks and BDD issues. What I'm trying to say is that I've worked to overcome a lot of what BDD and the words of other had done to me. Even as an adult, I still deal with it. One minute someone is calling me a fat ass and then next they are saying I starve myself. Neither of which are true. My weight loss is a result of hard work. I get the recommended amount of calories I need each day, I just eat it all in much healthier foods, spread out through the day, and get my body moving to burn extra calories. I'm also currently at the point where I'm working more on the strength training than the cardio so I can build up muscle.
What I want you to take away from all of this is that it takes work and dedication to obtain anything you want in life. These things don't happen over night and it takes a while to see results, so don't give up! All it takes is getting up off that couch and just doing it. Don't sit and watch others work hard and cry that it's just easier for them. Just do it! Are you picturing that Shia LaBeouf motivational video right now? If someone you know is currently on their journey and making progress, build them up, don't cut them down. be happy for the success of others. It took a lot for them to get there and they are proud of their progress. And for those of you on that journey right now:
I love you, you're beautiful, and I am proud of you!
WEEK TEN RESULTS
Start weight: 140 lbs
Week 10 weigh in: 128 lbs
Goal weight: 120-115
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Disclosure: I am getting three months of Nutrisystem for free and have been asked to share my weight loss journey with my readers & on social networking platforms. All opinions will be that of my own and all results will be that of my own weight loss and inches lost.