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No more excuses

Monday, June 21, 2010

A friend of mine was trying to “explain” to me the other day why she will always be overweight. I heard a long list of I can’t do this or thats followed by “dieting is so much easier for you.” My confused stare was complimented by about 30 seconds of silence, to which I replied “First off, I am not on a diet. The changes I have made to my life are just that, changes. From what I eat to what I do, I cannot go back to the way I was, EVER. However, if you are really and truly interested in making beneficial changes in your life, you need to accept a few things. 1. Announcing to yourself and the world that you are on a diet will not cause weight loss. 2. Refusing to accept that you have to make changes only means that no changes will be made. 3. Since the changes that are to be made are for you, first and foremost, you must believe that you are worth it.

I did not get where I am easily. It was August 2009 and I was overweight and miserably depressed. I was at the surprising end of a two-year relationship and was left with a broken heart and felt terribly used. I had to make changes in my life if I wanted to live. I started slow. Walking for more than 15 minutes left me winded. I couldn’t do more than 2 minutes on an elliptical. After I got past my “I’m too depressed to eat” stage, I had to realize that what, how and when I ate had to be changed. Feeling sorry for myself just wasn’t working anymore.

Today, those changes I made now have become habits. As easily as I did nothing before, I am now doing something. I am 2/3 of my way to my goal weight and to be honest, have worked very hard to get here. Making excuses doesn’t work. Accepting less than you know you truly deserve doesn’t either. Some days it’s easy, other days incredibly hard, but believing in yourself in the first step. I certainly could have made a ton of excuses why I couldn’t do what I have already done. I’m sure glad I didn’t.
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    I think you make an important point that is sometimes neglected: If nothing changes, nothing changes. And nothing changing is a choice some people make. It was nice to find out I had that choice, when I realized it.

    2920 days ago
    This is very inspirational to me, I am so happy for you that you have changed your lifestyle and I totally understand some days are harder than others but you have stuck with it! How wonderful! I believe DIET is definitely a four letter word that should never be used, to me it's a synonym for FAIL. You have to have the mindset to change and believe in yourself and you have. Congratulations! emoticon emoticon
    2920 days ago
  • VETTE1011
    Totally agree with you. Maybe by living healthy and having a good attitude in front of your friend will inspire her to get rid of her excuses. Example is always the best teacher.
    2920 days ago
  • ASH72461
    good 4 u
    you realized you are worth every second of making those changes in your life
    and you are almost to your goal
    that is awesome emoticon
    2920 days ago
    I totally Agree

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    2920 days ago
  • 7KG6DA7
    Your almost there ! Keep it up ! Watch the changes happen for the good ! God Bless You ! Rev. Mike
    2920 days ago
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