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I started my journey in Jan 2010. However my journey started before that when I was eating out of control. So, the way I am looking at my weight loss journey is that I didn't put the weight on over 2-3 months it was over several years. So, if it takes me several years to lose 43lbs I'm ok with that.
To me it is the loss of body fat that is important. That and inches. If I weigh 175 lbs and I fit into my 32 inch waist pants comfortably, I am a happy camper. I have to remember that muscle weighs more than fat, it is not to me the weight, rather where it is on my body and how my clothes fit.
I look at the weight loss journey that I am going through and realize that I am going to take it day by day cause we can all have our bad days and we all have our good days. By taking it day by day I find it's easier to change my habits my slowly than to stop "cold turkey".
I've found that 7.5 or 8 hours of sleep are a must. If I don't get the rest I need, I drag through the day. I have to force myself to exercise and have a desire to eat lots of unhealthy food. If I get the sleep I need, then exercise is easy and the food temptations are don't bother me as much.
Being consistent will pay off. Being consistent in exercising and healthy eating will pay off slowly but surely. You will notice an improvement in your heath and your ability sustain longer workouts or physical activities. this will lead to improvement in and positive changes in you body.
If you are going to lose weight do it only for yourself. If you want to do it for someone else you're not going to be successful. If someone tells you that you can't or won't take it as a dare & prove them wrong...better yet...prove yourself wrong!