Hi Spark Friends
I hope those of you in the unbearable heat as I am in are surviving it somehow comfortably. I am doing a lot of hibernating in the air conditioning until the sun is down as my survival technique. Well, it was a big day for me. As I bought my first new bathing suit since losing my weight. It was really awesome to shop for a smaller suit but frustrating since everything is sold in separate pieces. I finally managed to find one that I liked and brought it home.
I am not sure if after we reach our goal we are supposed to do our weigh ins anymore but I do. I have this fear sometimes that I will wake up and this is just a dream. That maybe I really didn't lose the weight. So, I like to double check a lot. Crazy sounding I know, but it is also like wandering in to the extra large sizes as I do sometimes like I had been used to shopping in for so many years. Then I realize that I really did do it and now I get to look in the smaller sizes for things.
I have had several spark friends share with me some struggles they are experiencing lately in their journey to their goals. I had many of the same struggles earlier during my journey to reach my goal. I have told them that their feelings, challenges and struggles are a normal part of the lifestyle/weight loss process and it does pass that they will get through it. I have also been told by spark friends that my current experiences with wandering in the larger size departments and my fear of regaining my weight are also a normal part of the lifestyle/weight loss process and that it passes.
After much thought, I put the scenarios together and have come to realize that I know what I said is a fact because I did experience the same situation when I was in that stage of my process and it did pass. So, I need to trust the friends that walked the path I am now walking and believe that I won't always be fearful of regaining the weight and I eventually will stop wandering in the larger size areas.
Having thought about this in depth I want to say to anyone who may be second guessing themselves, or feeling like giving up or giving in or struggling in any manner with the changes you have made in your life to become a healthier more fit person to forge straight ahead my friends. Do NOT give in or give up! I want you to always remember the feelings you had when you first came to this site and how tired you were of carrying around all the extra weight. How low your self esteem was, how bad you felt about yourself and how you needed and WANTED to make changes to become a healthier person.
Never forget those days when you did not want to be in a picture because of your weight, or wore black clothes to hide your weight or larger clothes to camouflage it. Remember how tired you always felt and how you had no energy and no stamina. Remember how you hated shopping in the larger size areas and how you dreamed of shopping for "normal sizes" Remember how you just sat and put calorie after calorie of junk food in your mouth without giving it a second thought. Remember how your health suffered because of your weight. Think about how you used to sit or lay in the same spot for hours getting no exercise.
I think if you can think back to what it was REALLY like when you began your journey here that you can breeze through the challenges of becoming healthy and fit with no problem. I believe that you wanted to make the healthy changes for yourself for many GREAT reasons and that you need to reach inside and bring those reasons back to the surface so that you move forward in your healthy lifestyle journey and reach your goal.
We are all fortunate to have so many wonderful friends here that help us when we need help. People who have reached their goals before us that can share their experiences with us and help us understand the process and feelings and challenges that come along with the changes. Such as the wonderful friends that reached their goal long before I reached mine and tell me now my issues with fear of regaining and going into the larger sizes will indeed pass. It is our heads catching up with our bodies that cause this. I believe them just as I want you to believe me when I say KEEP MOVING FORWARD my friends because you WILL succeed and be happy that you did. Your body will thank you, your health will be sooo much better and you will feel GREAT!! You deserve to become the BEST you can BE!!
Now lets move FORWARD together friends! You CAN do this and will be so happy you did!!!! Just keep in mind WHY you first came here.
I wish you all a wonderful day!