Going from skinny to clinically obese can change your life dramatically. Pretty much every aspect of your life changes, and in my opinion, it changed for the worse. I became depressed, lost, and I felt like I had no purpose in my life.
I never had the energy nor had the drive to do anything besides eating and sit on the computer. I'm not really sure what made me overweight. I always look back and ask myself how it happened, or what could have gone differently.
I always tell myself that I am happy with the way things went. I'm happy that I was once overweight because it leads me to be very empathetic and understanding towards other people who come to me for help.
I remember trying absolutely every diet and gimmick to lose weight. It was a battle I would face every day and my life was consumed with how I could lose weight. Nothing else in my life mattered, just how I could lose weight, and fast.
So what I have learned from being overweight and unhappy?
Losing weight isn't going to make you happy long-term.
You'll be happy for a little bit, but you might eventually find out that the weight wasn't the reason you were unhappy in the first place. You'll start to realize all of these other things in your life that you aren't happy with, but the reason you weren't paying attention to these things is because you were so extremely focused on your weight.
This will be a crazy wake up call, but the sooner the better because you can start to make a change in your life.
Keeping the weight off is hard if you aren't living healthy every day.
In order to keep the weight off, you need to make living healthy a habit and not just a month-long thing. You also need to make it fun because it can get quite repetitive if you don't switch up your meals and workouts.
We are very spoiled with the internet because of how many free recipes and workouts are online. We can pretty much find any recipe of our favorite meal we want, into a healthier one.
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Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is key to keeping the healthy journey alive.
If you are surrounded by people who make unhealthy decisions on a daily basis and never workout, you'll most likely do the same.
I have noticed myself that when I am surrounded by people who are very active, I'm extremely active as well. It's pretty hard not to feel guilty sitting on your butt days on end when your friends are out running or lifting weights on a regular basis.
I'm constantly learning things from living in a different life now. I'm constantly trying to improve and find ways to better myself. Even though I am no longer overweight, sometimes I still think of myself as being so. It's a hard journey but it's definitely worth taking the ride.
What have you learned from once being overweight?
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