Losing weight isn’t all roses and skinny jeans. Losing weight is warding off demons so you don’t fall back on old habits and coping with weight gain fear. Losing weight is dealing with your emotional relationship with food. Losing weight is dealing with fans and haters.
During my weight loss, a friend would always put a negative twist on my weight loss. What I eventually realized was her statements, were not a reflection of me. It was about her. She knew she should have been focusing on her health and losing weight. Her way of dealing with those feelings was deflecting them on me. She was a weight loss hater.
I believed once I reached my ideal weight that dealing with haters would be over. I was wrong. Even now, I still deal with people putting me down or critiquing me for how I lost weight. People don’t want to believe that you really can have a healthy approach to weight loss. People manipulate facts making them into something they are not.
It’s empowering to figure out who you are and embrace it. I want everyone in this world to feel that in their life.
So when someone belittles my weight loss, it doesn’t make me mad. It drives me. It drives me to tell my story more because so many people need help taking control of their health. While everyone needs to discover what works best for them, I want my story to inspire others to discover their version of healthy and transform their lives. Through my weight loss, I not only discovered many things about my body but also I discovered myself. Who I am, what I’m capable of and what I’m meant to be which was so much more than I ever imagined.
Before I go on, let’s revisit some facts about me. I lost 80 pounds many years ago. I lost weight eating healthy foods and walking every day. Back then I didn’t have a gym membership. I walked. I ate real foods. I didn’t do a fad diet, I didn’t take supplements or pills, I didn’t eat candy or processed foods and I certainly never stopped eating (I like food too much). I ate healthy foods, reduced my portions and monitored my calories with a doctor’s supervision. I made a lifestyle change for my health, one that has stuck with me to this day.