Weight Loss Struggles and the Effects Weight has on our Lives

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In todays world it is a struggle to lose weight with all the new diet fads and exercise programs available. My weight has been up and down like a yo-yo for the past several years and for me personally it causes stress, anxiety, feelings of sadness and has even caused me to be withdrawn. I have not felt comfortable in my own body for a while, well except for the few months here and there where my weight seems to be going down and I get excited. At my heaviest I was a few pounds over 200. Don’t know the exact weight because I stopped weighing myself once I reached 200. It was a very dark time for me. I started trying one diet and then another when that one didn’t work. I was only eating twice a day and drinking only water yet I was still gaining weight. I felt hopeless and gave up trying. It didn’t help any that I was in a bad relationship where I was being told I was fat and had let myself go, plus I was being cheated on. I was then put on medication for my migraines which little did I know was also used for weight loss. The pounds started melting away and I started feeling better about myself. I was able to control my eating and make better food choices due to the medication. I ended up weighing 150 pounds and I was so happy. I started exercising regularly and continued to research healthy eating habits. Despite my new weight and confidence my husband was still cheating and making mean comments about my body. Thankfully I gained the confidence in myself and left him. After a few years on the medicine I started gaining weight again, nothing serious just a few pounds. Thankfully though I was able to get it back off fairly easy in due to what I had learned about eating habits. Then about a year ago I started noticing some not so favorable side affects from being on this medication for so long and struggled with deciding to come off of it or not. I had many questions about what to do like, what will this mean for my migraines that I hadn’t had in years, will the side effects subside once the medicine is out of my system, but one of the biggest questions was will I gain back all of my weight? About four months ago I decided it was time to come off of it. And here we are a little over four months later and I have already hit 175 pounds. So two days ago I decided I had to do something and have started an intermittent fasting plan. Ima e also started doing yoga and other exercise every day. The most important decision I made was to start making healthier food and drink choices and portion control. Welcome to my weight loss journey, well actually my lifestyle change.

Medication for weight loss…..y’all let’s be honest here, we have all thought about taking some sort of medication for weight loss, rather it be over the counter diet pills or a prescription. I’m here to tell you I have tried all of the above and from my experience it’s not worth it in the end because truth be told you can’t stay on the medicine forever and once you stop taking it the weight comes back. Most of those medications come with bad side affects anyways. The medication I was on for my migraines that is also for weight loss was Topomax. Y’all I thought this was the best thing in the world when I started taking it. I didn’t have migraines anymore and the weight was falling off. I have however learned that the side affects to that medicine are very unfavorable. It caused depression, anxiety, hair loss, fluctuating hormones and now that I’m off of it the weight is quickly piling back on. Over the years I’ve even tried several over the counter meds and well I noticed nothing more than getting jittery. The best medicine I have found for weight loss is nature. That’s right I said nature! Take all natural supplements, drink herbal tea, go for walks and get in touch with nature, drink lots of water, there are even essential oils to help with just about every ailment you can think of, and most importantly avoid preservatives and chemically altered foods. Eat a balanced well portioned meal made from natural foods. Pasture raised meats that don’t have antibiotics or preservatives, no canned preserved foods, fresh veggies and fruits, etc. I know this seems overwhelming but I’m telling you it’s worth it!! Your body will thank you for making these changes and you will feel so much better. Don’t give up if you don’t notice changes instantly. It takes time for your body to adjust and to detox from all the junk you’ve been putting in it. DO NOT GIVE UP!

FOOD!!! We all know that’s what’s on every dieting persons mind. We crave everything that isn’t good for us and feel like we are starving constantly. I’m right there with you guys but it’s all in your head. You have trained your brain to believe you are hungry all the time and that you need all that junk. It’s time to reprogram your brain to want healthy foods and a healthy lifestyle. Don’t think of it as, I can’t have this or I can’t have that, instead think of it as, I don’t need that but I do need this instead. You have to reprogram your mind to think positively about healthy food options. Never think of new eating habits as a diet, think of it as a lifestyle. And for the love people stop trying every new diet fad that comes around. You will just end feeling starved, cranky and letdown when it don’t work. Besides who wants to diet for the rest of their life? I know I sure don’t. I few things I’ve tried and had good success with are: drinking black coffee, training myself to drink unsweetened tea, drinking herbal tea which bonus counts towards your water intake, drinking more water, doing the intermittent fasting plan where the only thing I do for 16 hours is drink black coffee, unsweetened tea, herbal tea and water then I get to eat whatever I want for 8 hours in proper portions of course. I have basically taken myself off all my medication except my occasional allergy pill and started using herbs and essential oils for natural treatment, and let me tell you I feel so much better. I will keep you all updated on my progress. Choose nature, choose natural healthy options.

Depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, hopelessness, these are all ways we feel when our weight isn’t quite where we want it. Weight has a huge impact on our emotional, mental and physical health as well as gives us a poor self image. We have got to stop beating ourselves up y’all. We have to start loving ourselves for who and what we are. The first step to weight loss is learn to love yourself the way you are. Sounds odd right!? I get it why would we love ourselves overweight but yet want to work on losing weight? Here’s why y’all. You have to first love yourself to be able to actively work on improving yourself and you are less likely to feel letdown and give up when you don’t see changes instantly. I’m going to give you a little piece of wisdom here, anything worth having isn’t instant and takes work and dedication. Love yourself , and give your body and mind time to adjust to the new lifestyle. Don’t give up! Oh and something we can do to help ourselves and others, make it a habit to never make negative comments about yourself or others! You never know your positive attitude and comments towards yourself and others could make a huge impact. Share the love y’all!

Exercise is important for more than just weight loss, it is also important for physical and mental health. Get outdoors in nature and go for a walk. Connecting with nature will give you a sense of peace you didn’t know you could ever have. No music, no talking, no nothing just clear your mind and take a walk through nature, your body and mind will thank you! Yoga y’all, I can’t express how important yoga can be to your life. Yoga has so many benefits I couldn’t begin to list everything there is to love about yoga here. That will be a whole other post. But what I can say here is yoga and meditation are a huge part of my daily routine and all I can say is wow. I feel peaceful, less stressed, relaxed, stronger, have more mental clarity and just all out better, I even sleep better. I will say it time and time again yoga, meditate and connect with nature! I hope this helps someone out there, I would love to hear that I was able to connect with someone and help them. I will continue to update on my progress and feel free to message or comment with your journey and progress! Have a blessed day y’all.

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Published by Anita Coffey

Blogger, Girlfriend, mother to 4 and 1 bonus son, Nana to 1, wine and coffee lover, Fall obsessed, photographer, traveler, DIYer

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