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Weightloss not the end of all problems

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I have seen several questions posted lately about happiness and weightloss, is it worth the effort? Weightloss certainly is not easy, our bodies naturally want to store up fat for the lean times; it takes work, determination and concentration to take it off and keep it off. There seems to be a miss conception about weightloss that some people have, they think it is automatically going to make them happy or solve all their problems. This is certainly not true, but at the same time I whole heartedly believe that all the work is worth it.

Life is hard, nothing is ever going to take away all stress, all problems will not magically disappear.

So why do it? Because why would you want to add something that will make life harder? I was only 40 pounds over weight, but that put me in the obese range. Just living had become much harder and I was never really comfortable anymore. My blood pressure was becoming an issue and my feet and ankles were swelling, I was tired all the time, everything was such a struggle. I couldn't take care of the ordinary day to day issues and it made me misserable, just tying my shoes was difficult because I could hardly reach my feet. My pants alway felt too tight and made it hard to breath. I couldn't even get a good night's sleep because of snoring. I knew if I didn't do something that it wouldn't be long before my doctor was going to tell me I would have to take blood pressure medicine and I did not want to get on the medication roller coaster, one thing always leads to another.

So now I eat healthy and exercise and have lost 40 pounds. I feel amazing. I have discovered a whole new life that is available to me now that I could not even consider before. I know if I can lose 40 pounds and keep it off, I can pretty much do anything I want. I have gone back to school.

The last few months have been stressful for me, it's my sons' Sr. year of High School and you know how hectic that can be. My husband is older and in poor health,( just found out yesterday he has shingles). I can't begin to imagine how hard this time would have been for me if I had not lost the weight and started taking care of myself. I don't think I would have made it. I keep thinking of how much weight I probably would have gained if I wasn't still tracking with Sparkpeople, it has kept me in line through a very rough patch. My exercise gives me the energy I need to keep me going through some very long days( 4:30a-10:00p most days.) Good nutrition keeps me fueled up and ready to move.

I can't remember how many times I have been in the middle of some stressful situation and thought, at least I don't have to go through this and be fat too! You might say it's one less straw on this camels back!

So, yes, weightloss is hard, maintaining is also hard. Would I do it again? Absolutely! I would rather be where I am now, I never want to go back to being overweight, tired, sluggish, unhealthy, weak & look like crap besides. I no longer fear looking in the mirror or seeing pictures of myself.

I guess what I would tell anyone who wonders if it's worth it is just to have realistic expectations. Expect to look better, expect to feel better, expect to have more energy. Expect to be able to deal with the problems you do have a little bit easier. Expect to be able to enjoy your life just a little bit more(or maybe even a whole lot more!) And enjoy all the good little things that come along with it...my favorite thing is to be able to really curl up in my recliner, pull my knees right up under my chin. Sounds like such a small thing, but it means so much to me.

Lose the weight, enjoy your life more.

Good luck and never give up!
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  • KATHY024
    Thanks for this blog today. I'm going to point a fellow sparker in this direction as they said they needed some help and inspiration today.

    4027 days ago
    Thank you for an insightful post. It reinforces my determination in many ways. I allowed myself to get to the meds and the diabetes meds too. Not because I did not eat right. Not because I did not exercise. Mostly because medical professionals told me I would probably not lose weight. I am the weight watcher who gained weight, The diet workshop, E-diets every thing i tried failed until i found Spark.
    Just as you do i love it and for me the tracker is everything. Knowing what and how much i can eat without going over the calories allowed at the end of the day. Points did not do it for me. Richard Simmons did not do it for me. I tried myself checking weights of food and calories looked up in little books and added together added in little notebooks, so much work but I was on the right track all along.
    The ease of this tracker is the best, followed closely by the human interaction. I love to chat to these strangers off and on. I guess it makes up for being an Immigrant and all the rest of my family is on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
    Pat in Maine.
    4027 days ago
  • KLONG8
    I just saw this today. Wow, this is exactly what I need to keep in mind as I can expect to struggle (as do we all) throughout this process. Well-written and your experience just "drips" through to us who still have a few pounds to lose. Thanks!
    4050 days ago
    Thanks. I really needed to read this today. I'm having a really hard time at work recently and I keep wanting to eat my stress away. But so far I'm sticking to the program, thanks to my Spark friends. I've lost 47 pounds, and I do feel so much better. Stress at work comes and goes. I should remember that. Losing weight is not going to take all the stress out of my life. Gaining the weight back will only add to my stress.
    4064 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133
    Barbara - You are so right. Yet, as you point out, although weight loss does not guarantee happiness and stress-free living, it DOES afford you a new LIFE!

    I am fighting back down and plan to spend a LOT more time figuring out that elusive maintenance strategy because I DID feel oh so much better at my lower weight and am working to get back down there.

    Congrats on your continued success. Your hard work is working for you!

    4064 days ago
    Excellent blog! Thank you so much for sharing it. I am already getting some of the benefits from losing weight and having a healthier lifestyle. This is inspirational to keep losing!


    4064 days ago
  • NANC304
    Great blog thanks for sharing! It is hard work, but so worth it.
    4064 days ago
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