I was looking at my wedding pictures the other day, marveling at the difference in my face between then and now. I am about 50 pounds lighter than I was on that very special day. The funny thing is, at the time I wasn’t even aware of how big I had become. I think it finally sank in one day when we were playing softball. One of my teammates patted me on the belly and made some lame joke. I laughed it off, but promised myself to lose the weight by the next season. I did.
It was difficult. Running helps as much as changing my diet. Losing weight and keeping it off takes tremendous will power. There are so many challenges you will face. At work, you may have to contend with birthday celebrations or invitations to order in for lunch. What do you do when friends invite you for drinks after work, or when nobody feels like cooking and your family reaches for the take out menus?
Don’t give up. You will lose the weight and you will start to see results. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t.