A few years ago, I decided to do Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution program leading up to my wedding. My goal was to lose a bit more weight before my wedding and to further develop my muscles. As I neared the last week of the program I told a friend how excited I was to be done. In response, my friend said, “It’ll be nice to complete the program, but does it really ever end?” Little did I know my friend was giving me the best weight loss advice I’ve ever received.
The reality is, it never really ends! We will always have to focus on living a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain the goals we’ve worked so hard to reach! You see, life happens…we move cities, get new jobs, cancel gym memberships, start a family, raise children, entertain guests, go on vacations, end friendships, battle illnesses, lose loved ones, and through it all, we have to decide how we want to live and who we want to be.
Back in 2006 I made the decision to change my life! I was single, surrounded by a community that kept me active, a Weight Watchers member, and determined to change my habits. By 2007 I had lost 53 pounds and was truly at peace with where my body weight plateaued. Though weighing 208 pounds wasn’t my ultimate goal, I was happy and healthy!
Although I maintained my weight loss for a little over 2 years, I started to allow life events to affect my habits. I changed jobs, lost friendships, moved (a lot), got married, became a pet owner, and am now pregnant. Though I’ve had a lot of success over the past 5 years, my weight has fluctuated between 210 and 235 pounds and I haven’t been able to get back down to my happy weight (yet).
You see, it doesn’t ever end! What the past 5 years have shown me is that I have to be able to evolve as my life evolves and I have to be able to develop habits that can carry me through the high and low points in life. It’s often easy for me to think that someday I’ll reach my goal weight and the race will be over, but the reality is, the race never ends.
Life is only going to get busier, but I think the sooner we realize that weight loss doesn’t really ever end, the sooner we’ll begin to create liveable habits that can withstand life’s storms.