It is funny, when I started my weight loss journey a little over three months ago, I knew there was no way I would fail this time. Of course, I had tried to lose weight a million times in the last 5 years, but I never had the same feeling I had this time. It is as if I woke up one day and just knew that this is what I wanted and I would do whatever it took to wait it out and get results. So, the first thing I learned from my weight loss journey, is to have a better understanding for what a person’s mindset must be in order to change their lives.
You hear it all the time with drug addicts and alcoholics too and it is true. You cannot help someone and no one can help you until you decide that you want to do something about it. Every other time that I tried to lose weight I was not dedicated to it and that is why I failed.
Learning to be Patient
I am not a patient person by nature and becoming a teen mom and then a single mom of four boys made me even less patient if possible. I want instant results and when I don’t get them I generally give up. Looking back over the course of my weight loss journey so far, I have learned what can be accomplished with some patience. To me, it is amazing to be able to say that I have lost 33 pounds and the goal of 50 pounds does not see very unattainable to me anymore. It is true. “Good things come to those who wait.”
Becoming Aware of my Strength
Although there was no doubt in my mind that I would succeed this time around, the journey has not been without its bumps and temptations. In the beginning, I used to cook dinner measure my portion and feed myself and the kids. Any leftovers went into the trash, because I was afraid I would sneak back and each them later that night. I knew I was not strong enough at that point in my journey so I got rid of the temptation.
Another example of the strength that I evidently posses occurred a week or so ago. My friend brought over two cheese pizzas for us, but I did not have enough calories left in the day to eat that for dinner. However, at one point I actually hid a piece under my shirt and snuck to the bathroom with it. As I was scarfing down the first few bites like my old “emotional eating self,” I had a conversation with myself and ended up putting two thrids of the slice back in the box and eating a healthy meal instead.
My weight loss journey has not been easy, but attaining the best things in life very rarely are. However, I have learned a lot in this short amount of time and have come a long way. There is no doubt in my mind that I will continue to have success and learn more from this amazing trip.