Weight Loss Struggles. We all have had them.
Well you at least had them if you are trying to lose weight. There is so much in our society today that prevents us from losing weight. All the GMO’s and immense amount of sugar that is in our food and the fact that all of our jobs require 8 hours of sitting down are just a couple of reasons you might suffer from weight loss struggles. Let me tell you a little about the ups and downs I have faced in my weight loss journey.
Now let me be the first to say that I have never really dedicated hard core to losing weight. I have been an athlete the majority of my life, so it was not really ever something on my mind. Even now in my years after college I still have never taken serious steps to lose weight. I know that I should to be healthier, but I just haven’t. I am really not someone who cares about appearance, like at all, so it is hard for me to find the motivation of just wanting to look good. But I do understand the motivation of wanting to feel good. That part has always been taken care of for me to because I work out regularly, and I do not eat that terribly.
What I have experienced.
There have been a few times that I have gone on a fast for spiritual reasons and lost weight, and I have gone on more hardcore workout schedules for certain reasons and have lost weight that way as well. When I go on my more intense workout schedules, I do try to consistently eat better to make my workouts easier. The max amount of weight I have ever lost in my life is 20 lbs, and I can say that I have gained all of that back before at least once. Then I usually fluctuate between 5-10 lbs. I need to say that I am about 5’10, so weight gain is not as noticeable for me, and I can carry that much better than someone with a shorter frame. Another thing, my body type is very athletic. I build muscle very easily, so for me heavy weight workouts just make me bulkier. Trying to lose weight helped me discover I do better with workouts like stairs, jump rope, pilates and yoga give me a longer and leaner tone.
It really is what you eat.
When I would go on my 21-30 day fasts, I would typically take a break from my workouts. The reason being is that I was consuming a low amount of calories everyday, so I wanted to make sure I was being smart. Every single time I lost more weight doing that than when I was working out and not eating as healthy. So when people tell you that it is 80% food and 20% activity, they are not lying. I have worked out the majority of my life, and I have still needed to lose weight the majority of my life. This has been one of my biggest weight loss struggles. I love to eat good food, and I love to eat sweats. I love Dr. Pepper, donuts, steak and potatoes. I just love food.
Your body type matters.
One of my weight loss struggles was not understanding my body and what worked for me. For a long time I did not understand that everyone loses weight differently. For a long time I tried to do the same thing everyone else was, lifting weights and having lots of greens and protein. This workout only made me thicker. I wasn’t gaining fat, but I was gaining a lot of muscle under the fat I had, and it just made me look bigger. Then one day my husband and I decided to try the Daniel Fast for spiritual reasons. That is a vegetarian fast where you only eat veggies, fruit, and whole grains. I lost weight so easy and so quick and I looked much slimmer. Like I said before, I also found that workouts like pilates, yoga, and more cardio was much more effective for me than lifting weights.
Your community matters.
The best thing I have found to overcome my weight loss struggles is to surround yourself with healthy people. When I am with people who are also either losing weight, or are just healthier, I am much less likely to go back on my goals. This is probably one of the most important things I have found when I am trying to lose weight or just be healthy.
Don’t give up.
If you are trying to lose weight now, or have tried and have given up, don’t do it! Stay on course, or get back on course. We were meant to be healthy. And although it seems like our government is trying to kill us with our food, you can still make this happen for yourself. If I can do it, so can you! For more tips on healthy recipes check out this post!