I have read a lot of posts lately about people who are discouraged because they are just starting out on what appears to be a very long journey, or they are starting over, or they are not losing weight as fast as they hoped. Here is my advice to those folks DO NOT QUIT! For those who have lost weight before and picked some back up, DO NOT FORGET THAT YOU'VE DONE IT BEFORE AND CAN DO IT AGAIN!
My sister Libby is a gorgeous, statuesque blonde, a former athlete and one of those women who I swear is so strong that she can do anything. She is our little sister, but she is the person who seems to keep everything together in our family, especially since we lost both our parents in June and November of last year, which was quite traumatic. There are seven years between us, but she is almost like a mom to me in many ways, and she is an amazingly busy woman with a can-do attitude who takes care of her two toddlers, two teenagers, husband, household, and everyone else. In the midst of all this, it is hard for her to find time to take care of herself.
When I started my weight loss journey in January of 2014, she was very encouraging. A short while after I started, she decided to give it a go as well, and she had remarkable success, losing about 120 pounds. The year 2015 wreaked severe havoc on us, with much trauma to deal with, and we both roller-coastered through it because of distractions and distresses and our calorie-counting having to be back-burnered for the sake of other, more pressing things. We continued to lose here and there but both yo-yo'ed, and she became very discouraged about that. Now, she has decided to give it a go again, and she is trying very, very hard.
Today on the Facebook page she created as a motivator for herself, I wanted to remind her of something: 400 sticks of butter. What does this mean? Simple: She HAS accomplished much, even if she's had a few setbacks, and she cannot discount that fact. She CAN do it, because she's already done it. I reminded her that she's lost at least 100 pounds, even if she has juggled the 20 or so beyond that for a while, and when you stop and think about what 100 pounds really looks like, you cannot discount that!
For people who have lost "only" five pounds, please go to the grocery and take a look at 20 sticks of butter or a small bag of potatoes. THAT is gone from you! If you've lost 50 pounds, that's ten small bags of potatoes or 200 sticks of butter! That's a big ol' mess o' margarine, folks!
Wherever you are on your journey, whether you're on that first stick of butter or pushing toward that 35th bag potatoes like I am (I've lost 33 bags already!), KEEP GOING. The only one guarantee in a weight loss journey is that if you give up, you will not succeed. If you keep trying, you will eventually get rid of more sticks of butter!