One day I woke up and said to myself “That’s it. I’ve had enough. I am going to lose 100 pounds.” Around 6 months after that day, I had lost a total of 85 pounds. I lost 37% of my body weight. My decision to lose those 85 pounds was just that. A decision.
Weight loss needs to start with a choice. Perhaps you have finally had enough of the way you feel about your body. Perhaps you’ve had enough of feeling tired and sick all the time. Or maybe you want to lose weight for your children, like I did. Whatever it is that finally motivates you to lose weight, don’t forget that feeling. Remember what it is that’s making you want to lose weight in the first place.
For me, it was my son. I was 230 pounds and becoming a father is what finally motivated me to lose all of that weight. One of the most important parts of my weight loss journey was remembering why I was doing it in the first place.
Losing weight is hard enough as it is and it’s even more difficult during the holiday season. Trust me, I’ve been there. The office Christmas party, the endless cakes and cookies in the break room. I had to wake up every single day and remind myself why I want to lose weight and keep that reason in the forefront of my mind throughout the day.
Something I learned along the way is that people tend to over indulge in something if they have been depriving themselves of it. Maybe it’s an instinctual survival tactic, who knows. But because of that, I knew I shouldn’t deprive myself. For example, Instead of having zero dessert at a holiday party, I would have just a taste. One or two bites to satisfy my craving. The key thing is don’t put a full piece of cake on your plate and expect to take only one or two bites. I would only put one or two bites on my plate, period.
Of course I was tempted to go back for more but these are the exact moments when I needed to remember why I wanted to lose weight in the first place. There is no perfect time to start. You just need to start right now. Don’t want for a new week, don’t wait for a new month. As soon as you make the decision to lose weight. Start right then and there with the very next piece of food that you put (or don’t put) in your mouth.
I once heard somewhere that you can’t gain what you dont put in your mouth. This sentence repeated like a mantra in my head when I was on my weightloss journey and it really helped to keep me on track.
In the end, here’s what I discovered on my journey: The pleasure of achieving your goal will always taste better and last longer than the pleasure of eating something unhealthy.