I remember my mother’s ex-boyfriend telling me that in high school your self image matters a lot. And that you don’t want to be overweight in high school for kids might make fun of me. I was chunky. I slowly began to realize it was a problem and luckily for me I got into sports and my weight started to go down. I started to eat less and stop craving so much as my stomach had become a lot more smaller. My problem with my self image started to vanish and I just felt more attractive.
Losing weight became a little bit easier for me too. I’ve learned that there is part of the process of losing weight when it seems like that fat is burning quickly. During this phase, I realized that I wasn’t as hungry all the time as I used to be. It’s not that I was scared to eat, it’s just that I didn’t feel like eating. That isn’t bad, it’s what helped me a lot because maintaining your weight is more much more harder than losing the weight.
But combining a healthy diet with a nice workout regime that is specifically designed for a certain time of the day motivates you to continue on. Not to mention you feel like an absolute God when you are practicing your best healthy habits. Losing and maintaining weight has became so much of my life that I start my day off with an exercise. This is usually a morning jog that sets the tone for the rest of the day. This basically primes myself to do some work and get through the day without making any poor eating decisions.
But that is just a good side of the process, the beginning is always the hardest. For me, just getting out of bed in the morning was the hardest first step to make. After that putting on my shoes made getting out the door easier. And getting out the door made starting the jog easier. Every one of these little small steps we’re tough, and I did not feel like doing it at all. But every time I did one of these little small steps I felt like I could do the next one. Every time I got through one day I felt like I can go through another day. After one week I can do another week, and then after 4 weeks I can do one month.
This is what weight loss has taught me.
- We have to go through the small steps in the process of anything that we want. It’s when we don’t feel like doing anything, but we know that we have to do something. As soon as you make that step in the right direction , trust that there is something guiding you.
- Those small steps push you forward on your journey.
- Will Smith once said, “You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.”
- Every small step that leads you closer. You will soon begin to ‘see’ clearly. But we’re only speaking figuratively, you cannot physically see your goal until you have it. That is why people say that reality isn’t what it seems. Therefore you have to know that these tiny steps that you make will have an enormous impact on your life.
Let me put this into a perspective.
Let’s say you’re trying to get a dollar bill. We all know that pennies have a small value. A lot of the times we see pennies sitting on the ground and don’t even bother to pick it up. Even though it’s free money! We do not pick it up because the penny is a small and tiny incremental step to something we would rather have, the dollar bill. Even though that penny brings us closer to the goal, many of us will not pick it up.
You shouldn’t be afraid or have any excuse that holds you back from whatever you are trying to achieve. Because if I can do it and then repeat the formula and do it all over again then anyone can. This happened when I lost weight after middle school and when I put on weight in college and lost it all over again using the same strategy.
Just do your best today, win today. And then win tomorrow, and then make sure to continue doing that until it is a habit. And you will see just how much your life will change. The journey of weight loss is important to teach what it will feel like to grow and what to expect.