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To everyone who thinks they can't do it too...

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Know that you CAN! Really. You have it in you to change, lose weight, and be healthy. If you want to improve your fitness and eating habits, you can!

A few years ago I never believed I could lose weight. I'd see success stories of other people and think, "Wow, I wish I could do that." I'd hear those people say, "If I can do it, so can you!" I thought they were full of it. Well, I never knew it then, but I had it in me all along. People constantly asked me what made me change, and all I can say is that I got to the point where enough was enough.

I was tired all the time, and I was sick. My blood pressure was borderline high (no one in their 20s should have that problem), and I didn't know it at the time, but my cholesterol was elevated. For a long time I did not admit to myself that my weight was starting to affect my health. My feet, knees, ankles and back hurt all the time. My stomach was upset a lot. Suddenly, I could not fit in booths in restaurants, I could not fit in rides at the amusement park, and I could not do many other things I wanted to do. You could say that I was fed up and no longer willing to accept things the way they were.

For so long I believed I was destined to live my life as an obese person and die that way. It's insane, but that is how I thought. Believing in yourself is so important. When you constantly tell yourself you can't do something, then you will never do it. The time passes whether you take action or not.

Just know that it isn't going to be easy. On my blog I have always tried to be honest about my struggles, as well as my triumphs. People have told me that I make it look easy, and I am flattered they think that, but it has not been in easy. In fact, it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do. There have been many many times I wanted to quit. I will not lie and pretend it's easy. However, once you come up with a plan and get in the right mindset, it does get easier.

There is no easy way out. You have to be willing to take the steps needed to lose weight. You have to be accountable for what you eat, and monitor what you eat, either by counting points or calories. You need to find a way that you can exercise. There is no need to work out every single day, or for hours. Simply starting out just walking a few times a week will make a difference. Start where you are. Do not feel bad if you walk slowly or can't go very far. Just do what you can, give it your all and vow you will keep doing it. Over time you will improve. I went from having a hard time walking a mile to being able to run for miles.

Also, realize that this is something that will take time. It will not happen overnight and the sooner you accept that this is going to take a lot of time and work, the easier it gets. You can't lose weight in a day, and you don't gain it in a day. Eating healthy for one day won't help you lose a bunch of weight, and eating badly for one day isn't going to make you gain a bunch either. If you slip up (and I have MANY times) you just keep going. Realize that there will be bad days, but many good ones also.

You have to be consistent (that doesn't mean perfect) and you will see results over time. What keeps you going is seeing the scale go down, or suddenly realizing your pants are very loose, or noticing you can bend over much easier or aren't as out of breath when you work out. Lose weight for your health and well being. If you are only focused on your looks and losing weight to fit into a wedding dress or for vacation, you have the wrong mindset, and as soon as that event is over, you will likely gain the weight back. Yes, we all want to look better. But, our health is the foundation for everything else in our lives. If you feel bad all the time because of not taking care of yourself, it will affect every other thing you do in life.

When I finally started eating and exercising in a way that I knew I could do forever, it changed everything. I haven't lost weight super fast, but I have kept it off and gradually lost more. I am proud of this, because as important as it was for me to lose weight, it was also important for me to change my lifestyle to one that was healthy and positive, and I have done that. That is how I know I will never be 300 pounds again. I know I could get sick or injured and put on a few pounds, but I also know I will never eat in a way again that will cause me to gain 100 pounds. I will not allow myself to do it, because I know how much happier I am now that I am healthy and able to do things I always wanted to do.

You can do it. Don't let anyone tell you it's impossible. You are the only one who can do this for yourself. So, what are you waiting for? What can you do today as a step toward improving your health?

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    I'm not even sure how I got here but it was meant to be. I really loved your statement about how time passes whether you take action or not. That really spoke volumes to me as there were many times when I would berate myself for not starting sooner. Thanks to you blog I have recommitted to doing something even if it's one thing. Congrats on your progress. emoticon
    2011 days ago
  • MARTY728
    Your progress is AMAZING. You are an inspiration to me! emoticon emoticon
    2021 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I agree with the others that this is an awesome blog. Good for you that you decided you had had enough and decided to change. One day at a time is all we can do and we can do our absolute best on each of those days and if we slip up on one day, we hop right back on the wagon and do better the next day.
    It does take a strong willpower but man is the payoff worth it!
    Congrats on your beautiful transformation!
    You are awesome.
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    2023 days ago
    THIS is an AMAZNG blog Elizabeth! It's so dead on too. No matter what, I KNOW I'll never be 300 pounds again. I have to remind myself of this all the time. I have a new life and and the "old me" is gone forever. You're awesome, thanks for writing this!
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    2024 days ago
  • COFFEE_123456
    Your blogs are always so thoughtful and give great perspective on the challenges and truths of the journey. Great info to share!
    2025 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder that it isn't about what you do one day, but what you do consistently every day that makes the difference.
    2025 days ago
    This is a great inspiring...heart felt post...thank you so much!
    2025 days ago
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