Lately I've been noticing that, on the weight watchers board, a lot of people seem to be struggling with their weight loss journeys and seem to complain about lacking motivation and being stuck at a plateau for so long. It's gotten to the point where everyday at least one person is complaining about it, and I'm almost at the point where I want to stop going to the boards because I get so frustrated by these posts. Honestly, I'm just sick and tired of all the whining. I know motivation is a very unique thing for each person but seriously people, come on! If you're not losing weight it's because you are not trying hard enough, or you are lying to yourself about how hard you're working out or how good you're eating. I don't want to make anyone feel bad because honestly I've been there!
The amount of work I have to put into my weight loss is crazy, but I do it, week after week after week, with two small children at home! Yes packaged food is easy, but home cooked is healthy, so I buy fresh and cook everything myself, and I do mean everything. Sure the couch is comfy but running makes me fit, so I run, A LOT and now attend boot camp. Yes chocolate, ice cream, cookies, chips, etc.. are super yummy, so I don't buy them and if I do I don't eat the whole bag in one shot. I've got ice cream in the freezer that I've only eaten 2 tbsp out of since I bought it for a dinner party. Yes 2 tbsp went into my coffee on the weekend for a treat. I've just hit the point where I get tired of people whining about how 'hard' they are working and how 'good' they are eating and how it just isn't working. The fact is if you work hard and eat well, you lose weight.
|Me at 225lbs in grade 13.|
You want to know the sad truth? If the weight isn't coming off, you're not working hard enough! So either suck it up and put the work in or stop whining about it! Now before you all hate me and call me a lot of mean names, I am going to share my story with you. And I don't just mean the story about how I became a fit and fabulous running mama, but rather the one of how I struggled to lose weight my whole life before I had Lillian, starting in high school when I topped the scale at 225lbs (purple dress to the left).
|Shortly after I met Steve in 2003 (190-195lbs)|
|On my Honeymoon - Nov 2006, 175lbs|
|Due date with Lillian - 217lbs|
|Post Lillian - start of journey 192lbs|
|Thinnest before Katrina - 148lbs|
I have had bad days, and frustrated moments on this journey, but my motivation has stayed strong. I need to do this for my family, regardless of how difficult it is and how unpleasant it can be at times. There are a lot of things about losing weight successfully that really suck and no one talks about but here are a few I really hate but deal with so that I can be healthy.
- Fresh fruit and veggies give you SERIOUSLY BAD gas (sorry sweetie).
- I poop far more than I ever thought was humanly possible thanks to my over dose of daily fibre.
- I spend a lot of time (2-3 hours) in my kitchen, prepping, cooking and cleaning up from the other two. Some days I feel that if I didn't have an open concept main floor I would never see my kids.
- I don't like running early in the morning, but guess what I have to start doing, once boot camp is over now that Lillian has decided naps are not really her thing anymore.
- Running in cold or heat is crappy.
- Running far away from home and needing the um, loo is both embarrassing and dangerous - I'm allergic to poison ivy really badly but so far haven't had a problem.
- I am very paranoid about what I eat - I can't and won't eat anything without knowing the points first and will avoid these unknown foods.
- I will say no to an invite or event if I don't think the food is going to be what I consider appropriate for me or the whole event is about stuffing your face. I just don't feel the need to put myself in those positions.
- I have not had a piece of clothing fit properly since 2008.
- I get cranky when I don't lose what I want to just like everyone else.
|My recent hot me photo - 165lbs|
So next time you find yourself wondering why the weight isn't coming off take a long, hard look around. If your house is full of junk and you're sitting on the couch covered in cookie crumbs, you know why your pants don't fit. But if you are eating healthy, and exercising look closer at the numbers. Weight loss is all about more calories burned than eaten, and if you're not losing the math is not adding up, so either you are eating more than you think or exercising less than you think or both.
Good luck to everyone on their journey, and please don't hate me for what I said, I just needed to express my frustration and this is how I do that.