I want to share my success. I haven’t posted in a while and it is so exciting to be able to update everyone. I am officially 150 lbs down. It has been quite the experience and sometimes, the mind is still catching up with the body.
The other day I went into a store to buy some more clothing, as everything I own is, of course, too big. I picked out a sweater, (the one you see in the photo posted with this article) and I picked out a large and extra-large. The sales clerk told me “you don’t need a large or extra large dear. Here, try on this medium” I laughed and said okay but it will be too small. Low and behold, I tried it on and couldn’t believe it fit. I kept asking her if she thought it looked “to tight or too small”. When I shop, I still gravitate to the large sizes. I can’t seem to quite wrap my head around medium and small.
In the same way, I was talking to a friend who also lost a large amount of weight (over 100 lbs) and has kept it off for over 3 years. She shared with me that reading my posts had her jealous about my weight loss and thinking she needed to lose more. Then she saw the picture and the jacket I was wearing in the picture. That jacket was given to me by her and it fit her, just was uncomfortable in the shoulders because she works out and has developed good muscle definition. Looking at the photo and her former blazer, reminded her that she was fine the way she was and made her proud of her success.
So why does our mind take so long to get used to the fact that we are no longer “overweight”? I wonder if this is part of what causes us to not stick to maintaining a weight loss because we still see ourselves as “fat” and “less accomplished” than we truly are?
There is an interesting article about “Phantom Weight” and I post the link here
It touches on how weight loss and maintenance is more than just losing the weight.
In order to maintain weight loss, and to be healthy, we need to remember that the second and hardest part of our accomplishment begins when our weight loss ends. Therein lies the real work. Losing weight is easy in comparison. Now I don’t say that to discourage anyone, I say that to be realistic. If you think you can lose and then do what you were doing before…just remember the phrase “if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always had”. Going back to being the same person with the same exercise and eating habits is a 100% guarantee that the weight will find you again. No diet or surgery is definitive as there is no vaccine against weight gain. No matter how you choose to rid yourself of weight and become healthy, dis-ease and weight will return as soon as you return to the same old habits and lifestyle you had.
It is more than important, it is absolutely essential and vital that to keep weight off we must focus on changing lifestyle, changing our relationship with food, changing the food we put in our bodies, taking on exercise in a way we never did before, and most importantly, retraining our brain to see the slim, healthy, beautiful people we are every time we look in the mirror. We are worth all the effort. We are worth feeling good. We are worth being well and energetic. Does this mean that we can never enjoy some of the treats we did? No, it just means that we only enjoy once a week in moderation and remember that for our bodies to stay healthy, we must give them the healthy and nutritious fuel they need for cells to regenerate and live.
My new morning mantra….”Good morning Gorgeous. You are awesome and today I love you enough to feed you properly and get you some exercise”.