I know I say this a lot, but I really mean it – one of the very best parts of being on “The Biggest Loser” and the “journey” that has followed is getting to meet people from all over that I would have otherwise never known. These people share their stories, their struggles, their victories. I love it!
So I decided recently to start answering some frequently asked questions via my Blog.
The other day I got a message from a precious lady in Chatham, Ontario. She shared her heart and at the conclusion of her email, she said:
“Could you reassure me that it is possible to lose weight and keep it off. Also, how do you (did you) battle the negative self-talk?”
I have gotten variations of those questions many times. So I thought it would be a great topic for today.
First of all, yes it is possible to lose weight and keep it off. I maintained a healthy body weight for five years after being on “The Biggest Loser.” Notice I said “healthy body weight.” Not necessarily “my finale weight.” I was running fourteen miles a day (yes, I said a day) prior to the Finale. I couldn’t keep up that schedule. But I found a healthy weight and a size I was comfortable with. And through good nutrition and exercise it is possible to keep your weight under control. Is it easy? HECK NO! It is a struggle every single day. There are constant highs and lows in the battle…days of both victory and of defeat.
If you are like me, I am a food addict. It is possible for an alcoholic to eliminate their addiction completely from their lives (not easy, but possible). But who can stay completely away from food? You have to have it to live.
So I in no way want to imply that there is anything easy about maintaining weight loss. I think you must be determined and be realistic. But as we’ve all heard many times before, anything worth having is worth working hard for.
During my pregnancy I gained weight and I am in the process of getting it back off. I look at these women on magazine covers that pop a baby out and the next week are back in their skinny jeans. Well, that has not been my experience (and I don’t own a pair of skinny jeans anyway). I have discouraging days when the progress is slower than I’d like it to be…which leads me to the second question: How do you battle the negative self-talk?
Negative self-talk got me up to 218 pounds and landed me on a reality TV show for the morbidly obese. So I know quite a bit about it. I was guilty of it my whole life. And even now, I sometimes catch myself having a defeated or discouraged attitude.
What helped me initially, and still does to this day, is to acknowledge the source of my strength. For me, it’s my faith that plays that integral role in my life. I read in the scriptures all the magnificent things God has to say about me. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” I am “the apple of His eye…” He calls me His “Beloved…” And “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” This part of my life truly does help me combat the negative self-talk. I mean, if the creator of the universe holds me in such high esteem…then I must be something special. It’s all about feeling WORTHY…worthy of the effort it takes to live the life of your dreams.
I realize that some of you reading this don’t share the same faith. But you can still drill down to whatever the source of your strength is. Maybe it’s yourself. Or your family. Or your kids. Whatever it is that motivates you to keep on trying and never give up…lock your mind around that thing. BELIEVE you really are worth all the effort to make a change in your life.
I read this recently and I have said it to myself many times since then: “Losing weight is hard. Maintaining weight loss is hard. Being fat is hard. Choose your hard.”