We are a society obsessed with weight loss and gaining that perfect body. Every where you look, someone somewhere is talking about weight loss. I mean, if you search the hashtag #weightloss on Instagram, there are 15,791,013 posts in that hashtag alone! And that’s just one hashtag!
Warning: brag alert! I’ve worked my ass of (literally) to loose this 15lbs. and I’m happy to say that I’m only 5lbs. away from my initial goal, but I do have a beef to pick with the world. As much as time as we spend tweeting, posting, and sharing about weigh loss there are some major things I wish someone would have told me when I started my weight loss journey. Here are the three things no one told me about weight loss.
How Quickly Your Clothes Stop Fitting
This was almost immediate for me. One or two pounds in I started noticing changes. Less than halfway through Justin’s field training in July, I had shirts literally hanging off of me. I know what you’re thinking, “That’s amazing!” but it can make getting ready for work in the morning quite the pain. I mean, strolling into work in a dress that’s three sizes too big (two, belted) just doesn’t really make the best impression. The worst part isn’t even that you have to keep pulling your pants up ever five seconds. No, the worst part? Underwear. That’s right. Even your underwear falls down. I mean, literally falls down.
How Habitual It Becomes
Somewhere along the line you’ve heard about how making a lifestyle change is crucial to achieving your weight loss goals and blah, blah, blah. What no one will tell you is that there’s also a downside to getting into a routine of going to the gym or running every day. Since I started running, I have less and less panic attacks and my anxiety is normally kept at a manageable level but because I have major generalized anxiety, when I don’t run, I get really anxious because I didn’t run. Thoughts start going through my head like, “They’re (Justin, my parents, etc.) going to be so disappointed” and stupid things along that line which no normal person would even consider putting in the same sentence as “I didn’t run today.” In fact, if I don’t run at least 4 days out of 7, I feel like I’ve failed for the week. On days that I miss running I usually end up either overeating (thanks, Panera mac and cheese) and/or dropping $100 at Target on things I don’t need. I’m all ears if anyone has a solution to combat this dilemma. (Yeah, I know, just run everyday but come on people, there’s only so many hours in the week)!
How Much People Talk About It
Having people talk to you about your weight loss is simultaneously the best and worst thing about loosing weight. If you’re like me (I’m talking to all you introverts out there) and are just absolutely horrifically terrible at accepting compliments, then this is going to be the most painful part of weight loss for you. Everyone thinks that it’s a great ego booster to comment on someone’s weight loss but it just doesn’t work like that for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m incredibly confident especially after loosing 15 pounds, but that doesn’t mean I like talking about it. But once people begin to notice it’s like they can’t shut up about it. It’s great when it’s your family, friends, and significant other but when coworkers get in on the action, it can get a bit awkward. My response is usually an awkward smile coupled with quickly averting my eyes and muttering a quick “Thank you” before hurrying off to make myself look busy. My advice: practice complimenting yourself in the mirror. (I know, it sounds silly but it’s all I’ve got). Not only will complimenting yourself on a daily basis make you feel amazing (um, you’ve worked super duper hard for that awesome bod) but you should (hopefully) in time get used to hearing the words and become a little less awkward at reaping the benefits of all of your hard work.
What are some things you wish you would have known when you started loosing weight? I want to know! No one talks about these parts of it, so let’s start a discussion! Comment below or Tweet me @ohshiftyall.