Saturday, October 06, 2012
Day 6 of my 30 day blog challenge. Here's today's question:
What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?
I’ve encountered a few challenges while losing weight and maintaining the weight loss. I have to be consistent. The mind set of once the weight is off, the hard part is over, is so wrong. Losing weight is easy. After numerous times losing, I can certainly attest that I have that part of the equation down pat. I get that part. The hard part has been maintaining. It truly is a lifestyle of eating and exercising.
I’m a different person now than when I was 76+ pounds ago. Which leads me to one of my unexpected challenges: friends. Or should I say, people who I thought were my friends. Before I lost the weight, I had two girlfriends who I would do things with on the weekends. They too, are overweight, and like I was at the time, always looking for an easier way to lose weight. Who wants to take the time to fix and eat healthy foods? Who wants to sweat (a lot sometimes) while exercising? There has to be some magic pill, right? Wrong? Once I realized that, the division in our friendship really started to grow. I’ve learned to stand up for myself, my body and my self-esteem. I actually had them question my eating and when was I going to stop this healthy eating, enough is enough. They also questioned, why was I running? Didn’t I have arthritis? How can I run with arthritis? I must be lying about that? I’ve learned to be a little bit selfish on this weight loss journey. If a person is being toxic, I will not allow them to take me down with them. It was a painful decision but, I’ve learned that I need positive, nurturing and supportive friends and family in my life. Do the same for me and I will return the love and support ten-fold.