Many, many times I have heard from people online AND in real life the following statement:
“You mean, you still struggle after hitting your goal weight??”
When people say that to me I am astonished!! I feel bad in a way because sometimes I just outright laugh. But I can’t help it. The fact that people would think to ask that kind of blows my mind. But then again, I guess I used to wonder the same damn thing too huh.
Here’s a secret….Sssshhh, don’t tell anyone I told you OK...
When you hit your goal weight YOU STILL STRUGGLE!!
Crazy right?!?! Who would’ve thunk?!
Sure, maybe as a Lifetime Weight Watcher member I don’t FREAK about what the scale says every week, or if I had too much sodium the night before a weigh-in, or allow myself that extra
Losing weight is not the answer to what the real problems are. Not fitting into a size 8 jean is not the problem, the problem is what GOT you into not being able to fit into that size 8 (and that’s more than just stuffing your mug with some pizza pie).
Unfortunately, when you step on the scale and it shows that magical # that you have been working oh so hard for, all of your “issues” and struggles do not disappear. When you step back off that scale, you still have to be just as aware of your actions (or non-actions) as you did before you saw that winning #.
I still have to tell myself to not buy that brick of cheese.
I still have to force myself to get to the gym on some (ok lately, most) days.
I still have to tell myself that choosing the multigrain bread over the white is a much better choice.
I still have to say “OK Suzi, just one more beer….”And then STOP at that one (again, still a hard struggle).
I still get on the scale at home everyday to keep myself in check.
I still have to drink my water, eat my veggies, watch the carbs, watch the fats, choose the protein, watch the chocolate, stay away from the dip, light cheese please, dressing on the side, no croutons (I give them to Melanie :P), Ben & Jerry who??
I STILL have to TRACK what I eat!!
OK, so here comes the uber cliché part but….this is a lifestyle, not a diet. And a lifestyle is something that you DO…everyday, every hour, every minute. Choices are abundant and they are every where at all times. You still have to be aware to make the “better” choice when you are at your goal weight.
You are never going to be “cured” from eating the whole brick of cheese in one sitting….you just know how to say “NO CHEESE, NO!” a lot easier.
In some cases (not to scare you here) but there are MORE struggles. Like, how the hell do I maintain my weight loss now?!?! What is this new body and what do I do with it?? Why is it that I’ve lost 101 lbs, but gained a couple back and all of a sudden I feel like a huge blob, yet I’m under goal weight & when I was at this weight 8 months ago I felt like Hedi Klum(please tell me I’m not crazy)?? Every weight loss, big or small, comes with it’s own set of “new struggles”. But of course, these new struggles mean new learning’s which mean new self growth!!
The biggest thing I still struggle with?? Being consistent. Consistent with my tracking, my running and of course, my beer (and by being consistent with beer, you all know I mean by NOT consistently drinking a 6 pack+ a night LOL). I have to work on this everyday and I will have to for the rest of my life. Sure, that sounds kinda sucky but I know that if I don’t I will just end up where I was 2 years ago…252 lbs and absolutely fucking miserable. And that is a place I never want to be again, so I’m ok with struggling.
The weight loss may come to an end, but the journey to a healthier and happier will always continue on. (Look for my inspirational greeting cards to hit the market any day now)