March 17, 2013

100%

As a lot of you are aware, I've been working on losing weight.  I started this journey back in July of 2012.  I vowed to get in shape for Big Shoulders.  I did the race and felt amazing.  But, it didn't take long for me to fall off the wagon straight back into my old habits.  Why?  It's because I've realized over the past year that weight-loss is
100% MENTAL.  
People say "How?  All you have to do is eat healthy and exercise!"  Yeah, that's all you have to DO. But does anyone really understand how much more an overweight/obese person has to overcome?  Just watch one episode of the Biggest Loser and you will understand that it's so much more than just diet and exercise.  For so many people, obesity is a result of years and years of using food for comfort.  It's the result of eating to cope with stress.  It's the result of trying to fill a void.  It's the result of eating out of boredom.  For many it's a serious form of addiction.

Yes, did you know that people can be addicted to food?  For some people, eating triggers similar things in the brain that alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes do for others.  So when people claim that weight-loss is only a matter of eating well and exercise, I'm convinced they don't understand the severity of it for those of us who are obese.  Take this girl for example.  I was an athlete in high school.  I swam.  I played water polo.  I was exercising up to 6 days a week.  Why was I still overweight?  I had an unhealthy relationship with food.

To this day, when I'm stressed, bored, lonely, all I want is food.  I fight cravings on a daily basis.  I've had great success since January.  I'm down 20 pounds.  I'm going to the gym five days a week.  I've started taking fitness classes.  My apartment is cleaned out of junk food.  I've given up soda.  I feel amazing.  But of course today driving home from church all I wanted was to pull into Culver's and get a double cheese burger, fries, and a diet coke.  I didn't do it.  All I kept saying to myself is what Jackson on this season of the Biggest Loser said last week.  "Weight-loss is 100% mental.  You have to want it more than you want that cheeseburger.  You have to want it more than you want to sit on the couch and watch t.v.  You have to want it more than anything."  He's right, and I want it.

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