As you begin your journey for the last time, here are some thoughts I wish someone had shared with me.
#1 – It’s not easy. There were so many times I found myself literally on the floor fighting the urge to eat. But every time I held on, I became a bit stronger. Every time I waited, I learned I could control myself. We can control ourselves. We have to learn how and the only way to learn is by doing it.
#2 – It’s going to take a long time, but that’s OK. The time is going to pass regardless, and you want to take care of this as soon as possible so you can get on to living your real life.
#3 – It’s OK to eat. Eating is necessary for life. Food is your friend, just not your best friend. Eat protein / healthy carb / veggie combos every 2-1/2 to 3 hours. It eliminates the temptation to binge. It helps you nourish your body and mind because you are finally taking good care of yourself.
#4 – Surround yourself with people who are uplifting. Find new interests. Try out new experiences. Enjoy life. There’s so much more to the journey than dieting.
#5 – If I can do it, you can do it. There’s nothing special about me that made this happen. Persistence is something everyone has or can grow by doing what is necessary for a long enough period of time. Trust me on this.
And for goodness’ sake, don’t ever quit on yourself. No matter how great you think it can be after you lose the weight, it’s even better than that. It gets easier as time goes by, but expect it to be hard before it gets easier.
P.S. We all need a little help sometimes. If you find that you need someone to be there with you during the journey, call me. I’m always here for you.