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

One Member Shares What a Difference a Year Makes

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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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  • Thank you Alexa for sharing your story. So motivating, that was just what I needed. - 8/13/2015 1:55:55 PM
  • I read this early this morning, and it's just what I needed to motivate me today. So, thank you for sharing! - 8/6/2015 2:29:01 PM
  • Thank you and congrats. - 8/6/2015 9:00:14 AM
  • Thank you for sharing your story with us you hit the nail right on the head with this one. That's exactly how I feel like im always going to be fat but you have motivated me to stop being lazy & start getting busy no one is going to do this for me but me.

    Thank you so much : ) - 8/5/2015 7:54:49 AM
  • Thank you for sharing! This article gave me the motivation I was looking for today. - 7/21/2015 10:29:21 AM
  • Alexa, I had the same one year SparkPeople progress from 2X and 20 down to 10/12, with only 24 more pounds to reach my maintenance goal. It is all I can think about because even I am in disbelief, and I did the work! - 1/11/2015 12:01:17 AM
  • I enjoyed reading your story. It was very inspiring Alexa!! - 12/5/2014 10:07:01 PM
  • I've been in a rut and I landed upon this article. So moving! Thank you for sharing your story.

    "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." Thank you! - 10/20/2014 12:04:16 PM
  • KAT_PAR
    I hope 365 days from now I am a healthier me! Such an inspirational story! - 10/15/2014 3:30:05 PM
  • Such a great story! A story of encouragement to others in the same place you were to give hope that others can find success in the weight loss journey and be successful too! Thank you for your blog! - 10/9/2014 7:32:12 AM
  • SKINNYMELISA
    Wow! Such a great article on a day I need it! - 9/30/2014 4:32:49 PM
  • I just joined Sparkpeople a few hours ago and your article was so inspirational, it gives me hope. Thank you so much for sharing your story. - 8/27/2014 5:24:10 AM
  • T2SPARK
    I am so glad I read this article. I have lost 11 pounds in last 3 months, hasnt been easy. But feels like I have just hit a wall. I know I need to keep going. But one failure leads to another and I have let 2 weeks pass by and added the 3 pounds back. I am going to dust off and start again. Thank you! - 8/5/2014 9:06:41 PM
  • Sorry that your journey started in pain, but glad that you are growing from it. Thanks for sharing the Spark with others! - 8/5/2014 1:48:22 PM
  • Thanks for sharing. I'd like to give that waitress a swift kick! - 6/4/2014 12:18:11 AM

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