Five Truths of Weight Loss

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In my journey to lose over 100 pounds, I discovered a lot of things about the process of losing weight, and I discovered a lot of things about myself, too. It was amazing how EASY it was to change my lifestyle.

Before, I spent weekends on the couch with a tub of ice cream, candy bars and could eat an entire pizza all by myself. My life was spent on the couch in front of the TV. This is not to say I was antisocial. I had a lot of friends that I hung out with. A lot of the activities we did revolved around food. I certainly had certain friends who were enablers; they were people who always wanted to eat too.

As I slowly changed my habits to lose the weight, I saw how bad this lifestyle was for me. I spent less time on the couch. This was a direct result of introducing exercise into my life. Exercising became something I enjoyed. It also took up a lot of time. Swimming especially; there was the process of going to the pool, getting ready, going swimming for as long as I could, and then showering and dressing afterward. It took time. That was time I wasn’t on the couch eating something. Having distractions outside of the house has helped me maintain my weight loss immensely. Being busy, being social, being active, means there’s no time and no room for boredom eating.

This list is about MY truths. Weight loss is a very individual thing. What works for me, may not work for someone else. There’s food restrictions, special diets, personal taste, physical limitations. So tailor YOUR truths to YOUR reality. But here  is what I learned about losing weight:

The Five Truths of Weight Loss

1. It Will Be Hard Work. It will probably be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. It takes time. It takes planning. It takes willpower and dedication. You will sweat. You WILL be sore. You may hate it at first. But once you change the habits that lead to weight gain and start to see some progress, it suddenly won’t be so hard to do it. You might even like it!

2. You Will Lose A Lot At First But That Won’t Be The Norm. Those first few weeks that I was swimming and counting my calories were epic. I was so encouraged by HOW MUCH I lost. It got me excited! I felt motivated! I wanted to keep going! I think I lost like 8 pounds that first week or two. It was amazing! Then it slowed down. I was losing about 5 pounds a week, then 4, then I was lucky if I lost 1 pound a week. But even if the numbers aren’t huge, if you are still losing, you are heading in the right direction. Don’t let that small number on the scale discourage you. (See Truth #1)

3. You Will Be Tempted. And unfortunately, that temptation never goes away. Even now, 110 pounds lighter and active, I still have temptations every single day. You have decide what you want more –the junk food or the goal weight. I had my sights set on that number on the scale and I had tunnel vision. I was NOT going to fail. I was going to lose 100 pounds. Period!

4. Exercise Plays A Big Part. You have to burn more than you eat. You can lose some weight doing Weight Watchers or counting your calories, but until you introduce exercise into your life those numbers won’t be what you want them to be and it will be even harder to keep the weight off. Exercise inspires me to eat healthier. Exercise makes me FEEL better. It really is a magical cure for things like stress, depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, bad days and grumpy moods. I always feel better after a workout. And sorry to break the news, but exercising once a week is not enough!

5. Food Makes A Difference. The type of food you will eat makes a difference.  Skipping meals, drastically cutting carbs, relying on supplements and doing fad diets just don’t work. The bottom line: your body needs fuel and nutrients in order to survive. So control those portions; measure foods; eat fruits, veggies, protein, cabs and fat–just eat the right kind. My suggestion is to see a dietitian to get started on an eating plan that works for you and that you will LIKE.

I had a hard time imagining what my body would look like after I lost the weight because it had been so long since I’d weighed an “average” size. And I especially had no idea how drastically my life would change. Running in evens! Biking 72 miles! Being on the cover of a magazine! Who, me?! There were a lot of changes and surprises, but I don’t regret a thing!

QUESTION: What are YOUR truths of weight loss?

18 Responses

  1. These are all spot on. Here are a couple of mine

    1. As soon as you commit to weight loss a new food product will come out that you could easily over eat on. Just another thing to practice moderation with.

    2. You will get snide comments. You will have people questioning your choices. People don’t like change, even if it is for the best. I have people making comments about how often I go to the gym (4-5 times a week, for 30-60 minutes. Not exactly excessive).

    3. You will gain some weeks. Those weeks suck. BUT you will lose eventually, you just have to stick with it!

    1. I agree with your #2 entirely. It is definitely difficult and I STILL get little comments from people. Where I see it the most is at work where my coworkers make comments about how I don’t eat the donuts that are brought in (etc etc). They are meant as jokes, but there’s always a little “undertone” to them. I just shrug it off.

      And yes, there will be many weeks where we gain. When I was losing my weight I sometimes skipped logging a week or two here and there because I gained a few pounds. I just didn’t want to record the “up” number so I could remain positive.

  2. I thought maybe you closed comments because you were traveling. Anyway, I just wanted to say how amazing your arms look in the picture above! It’s hard for me to get that kind of definition. Looking good!

  3. That is a great topic! I just started WW 2 weeks ago and right now everything is going great, but I know there will be weeks that are very hard and that I won’t feel motivated to work out or keep track of my foods. It’s just part of the weight loss. What has changed for me is that I had to realise that this is permanent. It’s a way of life, and if I wanna keep the weight off, I will have to work hard.

    1. That’s fantastic, Melanie! I am glad you joined WW and have realized it’s a way of life. I think you will be more successful with that attitude. Keep me posted!

  4. After losing 75 lbs. I am still losing 4-6 lbs. per week, some weeks with very little exercise. I’ve spent the better part of the last three years studying the biochemistry of fat metabolism and the hormonal interactions triggered by food.

    If you are eating the scientifically supported RIGHT diet (and not just the convention “healthy”), and eating for your hormones then there is no reason you can’t continue losing lots of weight every week.
    Graham recently posted..Eating For Your Hormones Part III: Leptin

  5. What I have learned after 120 pounds is that splurging meals aren’t as awesome as they use to be. When I didn’t care about myself, I would plow through a buffet like it was the end of the world. Now if I splurge and eat more than what I’m use to, not only do I feel sluggish for a week, I also have to work hard to burn those calories. You really view food in a different way. Awesome post!
    Nathan recently posted..Day 617: Chip Reed’s Here Edition

    1. You make an EXCELLENT point, Nathan (and congrats on your impressive loss). Now the “cheat” meals just don’t appeal to me as much. I’d rather just have a few bites than a big splurge meal.

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