A healthy living confession

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I have a confession, OK wait – I have a number of confessions to make. Weight loss is not something new or foreign to me.

I’ve been overweight, I’ve lost weight, and I’ve been overweight, and I’ve lost weight. In 2007 I decided to make losing weight a priority. It took approximately a year, but I lost over 50 pounds.

I must confess:

  • My weight loss did not happen with a pill.
  • My weight loss did not happen due to some really cool food/diet plan.
  • My weight loss did not happen because I decided to stop eating.
  • My weight loss did not come in a box.
  • My weight loss did not come easy
  • My weight gain was no one’s fault but my own. No one force-fed me my food.

Most who talk about weight loss failure talk about the wrong vision. Most are too busy trying to place blame instead accepting responsibility.

I must confess:

  • I still fight to keep my weight off every moment of my day.
  • I will not expect to lose the weight in a fraction of a time it took to gain it.

Most who talk about weight loss failure hate to talk about it all together.

I must confess:

  • It wasn’t easy losing weight, it is by far one of my toughest accomplishments
  • I put in A LOT of hours of hard work, dedication, research, control and emotional investment into losing my weight.
  • My weight loss became a part of me and my lifestyle, not just something I did.

Most who talk about weight loss failure are jealous of those who succeed.

I must confess:

  • I was jealous too, but I used that jealousy to fuel my fire.
  • I learned that anything worth doing, is worth doing again until I get it right.
  • I stopped comparing myself to others and their weight – it was about me, not them.

I said IS not WAS. My weight loss continues everyday.

I must confess:

  • I’m not perfect. I still eat take-out, have an occasional alcoholic beverage, and YES I do eat fatty foods.
  • I have learned the art of control. I control what I eat, not the other way around.
  • I do have good days and I do have bad days – keeping them in balance alleviates my stress.
  • I do not blame or punish myself for a moment or moments of weakness.
  • After all I am human

The ebb and flow of my life and my eating habits do not exist in a bubble. No matter what you see, hear, touch, read, apply, or believe in, weight loss success boils down to one simple concept:

WILL – The will to keep going. It is the strong-willed that succeed.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

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3 Responses to A healthy living confession

  1. Deborah Criss

    Weight loss is the hardest thing I have ever not accomplished. I too have been in heathcare for 15 almost `16 years. I work the 12 hr night shift and when I am not at home I eat as though I am at work. This is definately not working. I have tried lots of things but get easily discouraged. I also have hypothyroidism, which makes it a little tougher. Any suggestions?

  2. Jill

    Seeing your progress with your weight loss Photos makes me eager to learn more about how you did it. I too am a night nurse working in ICU. I drive 1 hour to work, and again home after a full 12 hour shift. (I say 12 hour shift, but usually it’s 13 or more.). After work I drive an hour home, tired and hungry. I pass many fast food stops and typically get something to eat in the car home. I know this is a problem as I have noticed a 50 lb wt gain in the past 4 years. What do you suggest? I would also love to work out at the gym as I did in the past, but am completely exhausted on my days off. I bought some running shoes to get started walking, but I am having trouble with motivation. I know it”s clear what my problem is, but I just need some encouragement. I am 54, 5 foot 7 and 210 lbs. I don’t want to spiral into an obese oblivion. Hope to hear your comments. Thanks, Jill

  3. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    @ Jill It sounds like you already have the tools for your success. You know what habits are bad, and you know how to fix them.
    Be sure to bring food with you to work and avoid having to stop at the fast-food places. Wear those walking shoes everywhere and utilize them! No more elevators for you.
    Start small and work your way up. The hardest part is starting and creating a routine, once you get the routine, you’ll be surprised how easy it becomes.
    Don’t give up!