I want you to take a moment and think about this weight loss journey of ours. Some days it can be very frustrating. Okay, lots of days it can be frustrating. The scale won’t move, the pants are still tight, it’s hard to eat healthy all the time. And then you go to the store to buy more fruit and more vegetables and as you wait in line to pay, you see a magazine with a skinny woman on the front that says something like, “See how this woman lost half her body weight in just six months!” And you think to yourself: WTF?! I’m only trying to lose 30 lbs and it’s already been six months and I’ve only lost 5.
So this is probably the only good thing about me having lost 30 lbs twice now and working on my third try. Today, I can talk in past tense – a very rare thing on this blog. I write on this blog as a living experiment. I’m struggling to lose weight and as I struggle, I share both my successes and failures and you, my listeners, get to benefit by witnessing the entire journey. As I’ve said before, if I can help one person lose weight a little faster by witnessing and learning from my journey, then writing this blog will have been worth it. But I emphasize a little faster.
I take no pride in helping or encouraging anyone to lose insane amounts of weight in extremely short periods of time. And I for one, am tired of magazines parading around these woman with these miracle weight loss stories. It does not help us at all! They make slow weight loss seem shameful and weak. We feel like failures for taking so long. We think we’re doing something wrong or we aren’t strong enough. And worse, it makes our journey that much harder because of course if we could get to skinny faster we would! Continue reading