Weight Loss as a Struggle, a Lifestyle, and a Choice

As you know, I have been on a weight loss journey since the start of this year. Now, seven months in, I am starting to get a little down in the dumps. I’m not at my goal weight yet, I’m struggling to stay on track with Weight Watchers, and I’m not working out as much as I’d like.

It’s the same old story! Who here hasn’t started a weight loss plan, and then bailed on it shortly after? Or did it for a few months, and then decided it wasn’t for them? Or really stuck to it and just struggled every step of the way?

Weight Loss as a Struggle, a Lifestyle, and a Choice

It’s such a common thing. To start, and stop. To succeed, and fail. And to keep running on this hamster wheel.

Today it stops. I am tired, and I am done. I am reaching my goal weight, and that is that. I’ve decided that until I reach my goal weight, every choice I make regarding my diet, health, and fitness will be with my goal weight in mind. My goal weight is my true north, and I will use it to guide my every move.

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Weight Loss as a Struggle, a Lifestyle, and a Choice

I can do this, I know I can. And I have to! Do you know why I have to? Because I have wanted this goal for the last seven years, and I consider myself someone who fights for what they want.

Here’s a glimpse into the many journeys that started before this year.

November 12th, 2012

Kettle Ball, Lifting Weights

“Before I got pregnant I was 145 pounds which is a little heavy for my 5′ 2” frame.  During my pregnancy I gained 50 pounds, which was very heavy for my frame.  After the first week of being home from the hospital I was able to drop about 30 pounds without really trying (unless you consider pushing out a baby, and then breastfeeding every two to three hours trying).

This weight gain really made me unhappy and I really wanted to work it out and get back to my original form (and then smaller).  So on March 5th I started tracking my weight, and really trying to lose those last twenty pounds.

On March 5th I was 161 pounds.  Since then I have gone as low as 151.5 and am now back up to 158.  Again, this is heavy for me and I don’t have the energy that I used to have (even taking into account that I work and have a 10 month old).”

July 15, 2013

Weight Loss as a Struggle, a Lifestyle, and a Choice

“I’ve written here about my struggle with weight loss after having Jack and I hate to admit that I am still struggling. A friend of mine and I track our weight once a week at work and I’ve been avoiding him lately. It’s too depressing to get on that scale and see that number not getting any lower. When I started my 93 Day Vegan Challenge I lost a few pounds here and there but nothing substantial. Today I decided to try again to get the weight off. I set my goal to 10 pounds lower than my pre-baby weight which is just about the right spot for my frame.”

August 28th, 2015

Lifting Weights

“When I weighed myself this Monday I was 166.4 lbs and my goal weight is 135 (which, by the way, I haven’t been in many many years). To lose a pound a week I will need to consume no more than a net of 1,292 calories. I’ve been walking for an hour a day and eating a sensible diet, we’ll see on Monday if it has been working!”

September 13th, 2017

Weights for Weight Loss

“I started Weight Watchers at the end of July 2017 weighing in at 164 pounds. My goal is to get down to my ideal weight of 130 pounds. I also made a commitment to myself to stay moving and walk 10,000 steps every day.”

January 11th, 2019…

Which brings me back to my current weight loss journey. And this has to be the one that sticks! I can do this, I know I can. And I owe it to myself. And to the me, seven, six, four, and two years ago.

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    • Mother of 3
    • July 23, 2019

    I feel like I have always struggled with my weight my whole life… I find something that works for me and often stick with it for a few years but gradually fall back into my old habits. I’m trying to take this weight loss journey one step at a time but am hopeful that I have found a healthy eating lifestyle I can stick with this time! Keep going– I do think the real key is not to give up when it gets hard. You are so close and you can do it!

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      You are totally rocking it! Honestly, you’ve been inspiring me. And that’s what I’m looking for too, to establish those healthy habits that will stay with me for the long run. Looking at my body now, and the progress I’ve made, I don’t ever want to go back!

      Thank you for your encouragement!!

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    Since childhood I have always struggled with my weight. Everytime I see a new program on the internet, I enroll and then manage to lose some weight and gain it all back after some years. Now, I am taking it easy. I pay attention to what I eat and do some light exercises, so I am slowly getting back on track. I think consistency is key.

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      I think it’s all a matter of finding what works for you. I’ve tried so many different things, Zone diet, counting calories, Slim Fast. Weight Watchers is the only thing that works for me. I think because it’s super easy and vegetables and fruits don’t count as points. I’m glad you are getting back on track!

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    Thanks so much for sharing your story. Sounds like you’re definitely on your way and making all the right decisions – it does take time and the idea is to enjoy the lifestyle while you’re doing it so you don’t even feel like you’re dieting. I wish you the best of luck and would love to hear update son your progress
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      Thank you Anne! I am on my way for sure, even if I’m taking a few detours here and there. And thank you so much for stopping by and contributing!

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