No One Said It Would Be Easy

Morning! As I’ve been struggling to lose weight the last few months and then adding on this HUGE task of completing a half marathon, I’m beginning to realize something. People lie.

A lot.

“Oh once I cut out all cheese, the weight just disappeared!”
“I just started running, and I shrank!”
“If I have a fitness goal then the pounds just fall off.”
“I don’t know, it just happened!”
“Your body naturally wants to be thin, you just have to listen to it.”

LIES. All of it lies. Maybe not intentionally and maybe some of it is true for that person, but I think that a lot of time people (myself included) get this idea that once they find their secret weapon, the weight will just disappear.

Well I am here to tell you that that’s usually not the case. And that just one thing is not going to be the magic spell that makes the scale show results you’ve been wishing for. Yes, there may be a tipping point (sorry Caitlin, but you have a good thing going!) that affects all other aspects of your life and makes the decisions more of a “no brainer” but I am here to tell you that there is no quick fix.

There is hard work, dedication, and a lot of sweat and tears. You are going to have a good week, and then you are going to have a bad week. You are going to feel like a rockstar, and you are going to feel like crap.

I think that a lot of time people truly believe that there was ONE thing that changed it all for them. I even did it myself a few years ago. I lost 20 lbs. and I would say things like “Oh I just started walking more” or “I just cut out junk and look!” And even now, when I look back, I don’t remember suffering or feeling like I wanted to die. I read The 5 Factor Diet made a commitment to stick with it, and saw real results.

The truth was, it was 5 days a week in the gym and eating healthy, well portioned meals. It was changing my entire lifestyle to no longer just eat takeout and to space out my calories throughout the day. It was persevering even when I wanted to quit. And yes, some of it was making some simple small changes that made a world of difference. But in the end, the only one thing that changed was ME.

I’ve been mentally struggling with my lack of weight loss, and I’ve caught myself thinking, well if I could just find that ONE thing that would make this all easier, then I would be fine. It’s not one thing. It’s not easy. It’s really hard work! AAnd making a TRUE commitment to change that will show you the results you want.

I think I needed this much of a reminder as anyone. Do you ever find yourself thinking you just need to find the “magic” component to achieve your goals? Even if they aren’t weight loss related?

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10 thoughts on “No One Said It Would Be Easy

  1. what a great post. Whenever someone asks my weight loss advice I always say – start small, as in Super small. I say workout 5 mins 3 times a week…..they usually think they can do more. I always say DON’T push it….b/c eventually you’ll want to do more. I also always recommend drinking water and NOTHING else. aside from a coffee in the morning.

    I can totally agree with all the false info out there and finding that magic component. For me the magic ingredient was RELAXING! I have never had so LITTLE goals in my life but b/c I don’t take on too much I continue to achieve. I allow myself holiday binges and don’t get mad if I gain back a few pounds….I just accept it and say “start fresh on monday” 😀

    You should be so proud of yourself for all you’ve accomplished this year. AND women were designed to be curvy and carry weight, the older you get the more difficult weight loss is.

    PS: you don’t look big to me at all, you look beautiful xoxoxo

  2. This post is great, it’s so totally true!

    It would be so much easier if there was a “secret”, but really it comes down to dedication and hard work.

  3. SOOOOOO TRUE! Everything that is worth anything, especially if you intend on it lasting, takes hard work and dedication. There are no simple, quick fixes or easy, no-sweat options. I think the key is to find satisfaction and joy in the hard work. That is the only way it works. You’re never going to be able to just stop working on stuff, but it’s the working on those goals that brings happiness. 🙂

  4. Love this post. Maybe I’m weird though because I remember wanting to die quite a bit back when I lost a bunch of weight a few years ago. I remember walking funny from sore quads, not being able to laugh from sore abs, and being hungry and tired alot. But I do find that some people (and bloggers) skim over that part of their life before they were healthy and fit and what the transition really felt like. I would love to pull up more blogs like yours and see some real human suffering for the cause, so I can know I am not the only one who suffers!

  5. Love it! SOOOO true! Some people are naturally thin…and do lose weight with one simple trick. The other 99% of us have to work hard, feel super frustrated sometimes…and persevere!

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