Five things that stopped me from losing weight and keeping it off in the past
- Eating for the wrong reasons: I would eat something and say to myself a few minutes later that I did not have to eat it. I was not even hungry! It happens when I am stressed out, sleepy and not being able to sleep, or when I have a vitamin deficiency. I realized that I was eating less since I started taking calcium/vitamin D supplements. When I did a little research, I discovered that not consuming enough calcium daily can be a problem if I want to achieve a healthy lifestyle. I know I cannot control the stressors in my life, but with a powerful mind, I can press the delete button.
- Lack of motivation or determination: It is hard to stay motivated when most people around you are at least two sizes bigger than you are. Every time I see Gabrille Union on TV I say I want that body. But when I turn the TV off it is a different story. I wish I had a cardboard Gabrielle Union standing in my room. That would be creepy, right? What I have are two dresses from when I was 135 pounds. I hang them on my dresser. I think this trick has been working so far.
- Peer pressure: I think I was skinny when I was in college because I cared about how the other students saw me. Most of them were in good shape. I tried so hard to lose the weight that I gained in High School only to gain it all back after I graduated from college and got married. I was not trying to lose the weight for me.
- Visualizing my 179-pound self: You've probably heard of the term "Think yourself skinny" before. There was a time when the mirror in my bathroom became my scale. I would go in there constantly to look at how big I was. The more I looked, the more frustrated and discouraged I got. Now, instead of looking in the mirror, I try to visualize my 135-pound self. I close my eyes and see myself wearing some skinny yoga pants. I see the body that I want to have, not the contrary.
- Laziness: I used to make myself believe that I could not exercise. I was always looking for a shortcut to losing weight. There are no shortcuts. I had to eliminate the word can't from my vocabulary, because the more I said I couldn't the more I realized that I was not making any progress.