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''I Thought I'd Always Be Fat''

One Member Shares What a Difference a Year Makes

-- By Alexa, SparkPeople Member
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What I've found is that weight loss can be both the easiest thing and the most difficult thing all at the same time. On one hand, as soon as I understood how nutrition and fitness work, I was able to implement that knowledge and the weight started to come off. Eating the right things is not that difficult, nor is exercising a few times a week. I mean, if I had known it was all just a formula that anyone could master, I would've lost the weight years ago.

On the other hand, the weight loss journey can be really frustrating and miserable. It was so hard to be at the beginning of the process, with the finish line so far off in the distance. It felt like I'd never get to where I wanted to be. I hated how the first 30 pounds of weight loss weren't even noticeable to those around me. And then on the flip side, I hated when it became noticeable, as it became all anyone wanted to talk to me about. It was an emotional roller coaster. Even now I still feel some of that.

I still have about 25-30 pounds left to lose, and since I've gotten closer to a healthy weight (only 8 more to go before I hit a healthy BMI!), the pounds just don't come off like they used to. The process is worth the frustration though. There will always be highs and lows, but if you're willing to stay committed, it really does work.

If anyone who reads this happens to be having a hard day, just remember that anything that comes too easy isn't worth having. Don't stress if you ate McDonald's three times yesterday, if you ate a whole pack of Oreos just now or if you just ate your weight in Ben & Jerry's last week. Tomorrow really is a new day. That's not just a saying. Life isn't all or nothing. And neither is the weight loss process. You don't have to give up anything that you don't want to. You don't have to starve yourself. You don't have to hate yourself. You just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep on going.

Editor's Note: SparkPeople would like to thank Alexa (SIMPLYTHAT) for sharing her inspirational story with our members! You can follow along with Alexa's progress by visiting her SparkPage or subscribing to her blog.
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  • Thanks for sharing. I'd like to give that waitress a swift kick! - 6/4/2014 12:18:11 AM
  • Wow! Such a motivating and encouraging story. I could relate to so much of it. - 5/29/2014 9:34:34 PM
  • Inspirational story. Thanks for posting! Gives us hope out here.

    Susan - 3/26/2014 9:28:08 AM
  • Well, I'm back at Sparkpeople.... again. Once again, I am going to try to lose the weight. And your article was the first thing I saw. Thank you so much for the inspiration! And congratulations on your success! - 12/25/2013 11:32:09 PM
  • Very good points in this article... thank you... very inspiring and helpful! :) - 12/6/2013 11:23:14 PM
  • Hats off to you Alexa !!! - 12/5/2013 2:13:40 AM
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    this was a big help for me because today i stepped on the scale and realized i did not lose any weight like i thought i had my scale was just off :( but this made me feel a lot better and motivated!! - 10/19/2013 3:51:21 PM
  • Nice Inspiring article. Remembered my own ups and downs along way... - 9/25/2013 11:32:54 PM
  • Thank you!! This was so motivational for me!! - 9/2/2013 8:57:26 PM
  • Great article! Wonderful testimony to how well SP works!

    Keep on Sparking!

    You will most assuredly reach you goals! - 7/16/2013 10:41:55 PM


  • thank you for sharing ,it gave me a new out look thank you again

    hugs - 7/16/2013 2:56:45 PM
  • Kinda teary eyed reading that:( That is how I feel often more than not! It is always reassuring to know you are not alone! - 7/16/2013 12:55:43 PM
  • I am sure there are many of us that understand EXACTLY what you mean and where you are coming from, including me! I loved that you are able to write what we all want to write, to understand and sympathize, to love and encourage us all. Great job! Great weight loss! - 6/25/2013 7:07:40 PM
  • Very beautiful article, never give up! always be positive!!! you can always do it and anything is possible! - 6/25/2013 4:59:35 PM
  • The first time I read this article was in January of 2013. I read it again today (6/25/13) and it still resonates with me. I started with 50+ pounds to lose in December of 2012 and I am down 14 pounds now with the help of SparkPeople and inspirations like you! I was stuck at a 10 pound loss for more than 5 months but this last 4 weeks I stepped up my exercise and tracked my food EVERYDAY! The scale is finally budging! I just kept telling myself to hang in there and not quit - something great is happening inside me and I kept thinking of it as my transition phase! I am going to keep at it until I am down all 50 pounds and then reevaluate. Who knows, I may not be done at that point! Kudos to you for sharing this with us! - 6/25/2013 5:34:06 AM