Social media has somehow convinced people that losing weight is easy. You see people’s before and after photos showing an amazing change in six months, but what happened in between? Even more misleading, people think that once the weight is lost that you can relax and stop working. Nobody seems to talk about what happens when you stop working for it and return to old habits.
One year ago this week I logged back onto Instagram after being missing for a couple months. I posted a video talking about how fat I had gotten in my absence. It was VERY clear that I had gained weight, and that was one of the reasons why I went into hiding.
When I came back online I was greeted by both support and hate. People made fun of me for my gain and called me a fraud and a failure. I became a target for social bullying by someone on some I had considered friends, supporters and business associates.
This last year I’ve been finding myself in fitness again. It’s been challenging because I still get people making fun of me or discrediting my hard work on a daily basis. However, the facts are I kept going!
Weight loss is such a personal journey. Many do it in silence because they don’t want to hear the “I told you so” if they gain weight back. I gained about 52 pounds, and I’ve been hearing those very words ever since.
Even though I gained weight, I gained more insight. I gained more support. I gained more love from people who have gone through the same thing I went through. I’ve gotten so many people that have thanked me for opening up and being honest about my gain because a lot of people gain will not talk about it. They go into hiding like I did in the beginning because their ashamed of their situation.
I’ve seen several weight loss / fitness accounts that have fallen off and have yet to come back online. I was one of them for a few months, being gone from Instagram, but my return was needed!
I think it’s pretty amazing that you can look at the last 52 weeks of my Instagram account and see the progress happen right before your eyes!
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. This last year has been extremely difficult for me. What I am telling you is to never give up! Just because you fall down doesn’t mean you’ve failed. You only fail when you never decide to get back up again!
The main questions I’m asked: What did you do?
I simply eat better and worked out. Working out was never my problem, eat properly was. I suffer for BED (binge eating disorder), so it can be difficult to control my eating at times. I gained weight because I allowed eating to get the best of me. I got burnt out on clean eating, and instead of enjoying things I liked in moderation, I went completely overboard. I literally ate at Denny’s every night, 2:00 am-ish rather, for a couple of months. I started eating fast foods and sugary snacks that I had perviously given up. Over time, the pounds came rolling back in.
In order to get back on track I had to be honest with myself. I had to realize that BED was bigger than me. It had been controlling me for almost my entire life, but I never dealt with it. Instead, I just did things to mask the symptoms, but I never focused on what I could do to control it.
This year I took time to figure out what I could do in order to control my BED. I found that 100% clean eating wasn’t for me. I had to find a way to still eat healthy without totally denying myself the foods I loved. I also had to find a balance of how not to binge eat when I did get a piece of pizza or candy.
For that reason intermittent fasting tuned out to be the best approach. It allows me to eat what I want in moderation. With binge eating I’ve cut fat, cravings and appetite. If you’re interested in the possess I suggest doing some research on it!
Overall, it takes time and dedication to bounce back after weight gain. It doesn’t matter how easy it had been to lose weight in the past, I could be more difficult to lose it again. Finding motivation is key. If not being where you want to be isn’t motivation enough, I don’t know what it.
2. What products have I used?
I’ve used a few of my own personal line supplements. Click here to view my supplements.
I also used the following Herbalife products:
None of those products are for weight loss, but for nutritional balance. Nutrition is the key to losing weight. If your interested in Herbalife you can shop my Herbalife store here.