I have been told in the past when discussing my true weight loss goal that I would love to be the same size I was way back when I was still skinny before I gained all of this weight. Peoples responses have always been the same. “And people in hell want ice water.” “You are never going to be the way you were.” or my favorite is “That’s just unrealistic.” Is it unrealistic? Because I don’t think it is.
Saying something is unrealistic is negative thinking, and we all know that it’s all a state of mind. Negative thinking will give you negative results and positive thinking will give you positive results. If you think you can do something, then it is possible.
When I decide to do something, I do it. Like take my weight loss journey for example. I have already lost (officially as of last Saturday) 46lbs, how did I do that? I decided I was going to eat healthy and not snack on junk food. I have been very faithful to my diet (not diet as in the dieting term, but diet as in the food I eat diet). I told myself that I was going to eat healthy and so I am eating healthy.
I used to be 150lbs, so me saying that I want to be 150lbs again is unrealistic, and I only say that because I have packed on at least 20-30lbs of muscle in the gym, but 170-180 is not unrealistic. I will have the thin stomach again and that is my goal.
When I was 12 years old, I wore a size 30/30 jeans, and when I was 26 years old I was still wearing the same size jeans, and then I quit smoking and the size of my jeans changed. The last pair of jeans I bought were a 40/30. That is a shocking number from 30 to 40. But that wasn’t the size of my stomach, that was just the size of my hips. My stomach was actually 50 inches. My stomach is now 44 inches and I expect that it will go back down to 30. I don’t think that is unrealistic.
Positive thinking brings positive results, so don’t let anyone sabotage you with negative thinking by telling you that you can’t do something. You can do whatever you set your mind to. We all can be the way we were if we work hard enough to get back there.
If I can lose 46lbs in 14 weeks, then I am positive that I can be a size 30 again, I just have to keep doing what I am doing and I will be back to the way I was. I ignore negative thinking because I got to where I am by doing it my way, and I will be the one laughing when I am at my goal weight/size.
I have told people what I eat and what I drink and everyone has something negative to say. Like the weight watchers meals aren’t good for you, but in actuality they are. They are low in calorie, they are made with healthy ingredients and they are filling. I was told not to use creamer in my coffee because it’s too fattening and someone even told me that I will never lose weight as long as I use creamer in my coffee. Um… 46lbs in 14 weeks. I beg to differ.
I’ve been told not to drink Crystal Light or put artificial sweetener in my coffee because the sweetener is bad for you because it can make you eat more. Well, I have been using sweetener since I was a teenager because I can’t stand sugar filled drinks. Like I hate Coke and Pepsi, so I will drink Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi instead. Those have artificial sweeteners which is what makes them have 0 calories. I think I have built an immunity to whatever bad effects artificial sweeteners have because I am still alive after more than 25 years of using them. One of the Noom articles said, and people in the Noom forums have said that artificial sweeteners will make you eat more, but I have not experienced that side effect, and I think it’s because I have built up an immunity to that.
I usually ignore negative thinking because I want to stay positive, but that doesn’t mean I have forgotten the negative comments. I just keep saying “46lbs in 14 weeks…” The numbers don’t lie. I have been eating the same way and drinking the same way since January and have lost weight, so I’m just going to keep doing it my way.
Before I tell you the next story, I have to mention that I went to the doctor’s office today and according to their scale I have lost 48lbs…
I got a free lunch bag from Lean Cuisine and it was too feminine for me, so I gave it to our tenants who are a mother and her 2 daughters. Well, the mother told me that she noticed that I had lost a lot of weight and I said yeah, I’ve lost 48lbs and she had this worried look on her face, like she thought I was dying lol. I said oh no it was on purpose and I laughed. I told her what I was doing to lose the weight and then I explained that I had type-2 diabetes and sleep apnea as a result of my weight and that my doctor has been begging me for years to lose the weight. That was a relief to her.
Isn’t it funny how some people see things? Don’t judge a book by its cover. Just because someone looks thinner, doesn’t mean something negative, it could mean they are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, which is what I am doing.
Until my next ranting…