95% of the people who lose weight will eventually gain it back, some with additional weight as a bonus.

You hear about and experience this often enough, you begin to believe it is true. The voice in your head says “what’s the point of even trying” when you start a new diet.

I used to be part of the 95%.

All those times I started a diet on Monday morning, and finished the same diet by Monday evening.

All those times I was able to stick with it for any period of time and then one day said “what’s the point of all this hard work when I’m just going to gain it back again?” And then I promptly started eating chips and cheeseburgers.

If 95% of the people who lose weight gain it back, I’d have to be mad to think I’m special enough to overcome those odds.

And yet here I am, maintaining a 100+ pound loss for over 8 years now.

I must have been mad. Thank goodness I was.

But now, I’m scared for you.

I’m scared you’ll never be comfortable in your own skin.

That you’ll never wake up on Monday morning without feeling the need to start a new diet.

That you’ll never know what it feels like to pull any piece of clothing out of your closet and have it fit your body like a glove no matter what day of the week it is.

I’m scared you’ll never experience the voices in your head as your friends, not the enemies always beating you down and telling you how much of a loser you are.

I’m scared that I won’t be able to communicate to you exactly what it means to be part of that 5%.

It’s knowing you’ve lost weight for the absolute last time.

It’s becoming the person you’ve always dreamed of being.

It’s doing the things you want to with your life because WHY NOT?