Changing Ain’t Easy…

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Losing weight and getting healthy is a really hard thing to do. I came upon another blog post the other day who preached about the obesity problem in the United States and proceeded to make it sound like it was the easiest thing in the world to lose weight, and why it should not be a problem at all. Saying that is like saying that alcoholism and cigarettes shouldn’t be a problem either. But the fact is, it is a problem because it is an addiction like any other. You do not change on a drop of a hat. It takes a lot of time to rebuild positive habits and work in the right direction of your goals. There is a lot of emotional and mental abuse that comes with gaining weight and losing weight… how your self worth coincides with the number on the scale. It’s a battle that should not be brushed side so quickly. Sometimes I think it is this lack of understanding that has allowed obesity to grow out of control, from both sides. Those that are overweight lack knowledge about nutrition and also have emotional pain when it comes to having extra weight on your bones. We are quick to look for fad diets that promise fast results. We don’t want to wait weeks, months, YEARS to get to where we want to be and where we think we have to be to fit in.

Then you have the people who don’t understand why you are the way you are. Food is just food… why would it be an addiction?  It’s an emotional crutch for some. It might just be because of upbringing and not knowing how to learn portion sizes.

There are so many reasons that cannot be written off so quickly and have people expect change instantly. It is not going to happen. Yes, there is a problem in our nation when it comes to weight, but preaching about it and saying that people should “just change” is not going to help.

It has taken me 7 months to get to where I am right now, and I am still no where near my goal… but I am closer. I am also still struggling with learning proper nutrition and how to really eat food that works with my body. It is just a fuel.

Anyway, I am going to step down from my podium.

Today, I did not go running but I did go on an hour long walk and also did the 30 Day Shred. I was also bad and ate out for lunch since my mom was treating me. I am definitely not very good with the whole not eating out thing, especially this week. It is so hard during the summer when I just want to go out. Ooops. Oh well. I know I was not going to follow the plan to a T but I definitely need to work on doing that a little bit better!

Tomorrow…. beach time! I am so excited!

Sorry for this random post. Kind of not feeling it right now. My thoughts are all jumbled.

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10 thoughts on “Changing Ain’t Easy…

  1. I’m slowing losing weight too… the coolest thing is when people notice! And going down a few notches on your belt is cool too 🙂

    I’ve heard it said many times that we should exercise AND change our diets… and that the best way to lose weight (and keep it off) is to lose it slowly… so I’ve done all that and I’m being patient, because I can see the results. I changed my diet six months ago, started exercising more and have lost 2-3 inches from my waist.

    Alas, I was travelling on business last week and this week I’ve eaten out twice… so that’s not good LOL But I’ll get there.

    Clear skies and good luck to you! 🙂

  2. As you once told me, not every post can be positive or upbeat! I think what you wrote right here is very important, and yes, people don’t see the struggle that happens backstage, the mind can be very harmful and it totally contributes to our not so convenient behavior towards food. I have never been obese, but I went through bulimia and I think I struggle with similar issues in my mind. What I think is extremely important, is being happy with how we are and look right now because it doesn’t matter wether we lose 80 pounds or gain them, what’s important is what goes inside our head. Being kind to myself has helped me a lot these days and it’s something I highly recommend. Be loving and caring to yourself, Cassie! You’re doing great, you’re getting there and you WILL get there. By treating yourself lovingly, the journey will seem shorter and you will get to enjoy it more.
    Love, Erika

    • Very true… you aren’t going to love yourself anymore once you reach a certain goal… technically you have to love yourself a lot just to make changes that are positive and good for you!!

  3. I agree, I dont like when people talk about weight loss like it’s this simple thing. It’s crazy hard work. I’m at what, 5ish months? Could be 6, I can’t count for shit. And I still have more than halfway to go, and the closer you get to your goal the harder and longer it gets to reach your goals. You have to increase intensity constantly, keep on yourself about eating.

    On the other hand, when I think about my progress and how far I’ve come, it still seems easier than I ever thought it would be. Losing weight can be daunting, but once you actually start DOING it and it becomes habit, it just flows. It’s hard but it’s worth it hard.

    • Yeah sometimes it becomes a habit! haha Sometimes I still really struggle… especially when surrounded by life. haha Things just always come up that make it really hard to focus! Ugh… I am definitely getting closer to my goals… but at the same time they seem so far away… and it just bugs me when people are like “Well, just change. How hard can it be to not eat ice cream?” lol

  4. I couldn’t agree more. Losing weight and getting healthy is a very difficult and emotional task. I’ve been on my journey for about seven months now, and it’s a constant battle. I find those who preach simple willpower or “changing” as the silver bullet to weight loss hilarious. If it were that easy, there would be 7 billion cover models.

  5. You are so right! For people who have never had to struggle with eating,food,weight etc….they just don’t “get” it! It is a tough battle to have to fight. It’s hard to break away from food when it’s tied to emotions. Keep up the good work 🙂

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