As someone who has struggled with their weight for many years, I am a veteran when it comes to the whole weight loss gig. Chances are, if it’s intended to make you slimmer, I’ve tried it.
Low fat. Low carb. No carb. No sugar. Vegan. Vegetarian. Pescatarian. Flexitarian. “Air-itarian”. Pills. Tablets. Drops. Shakes. Teas. Gadgets. Apps. DVDs. Books. Whatsits. Hypnotism. Raw food. No food. Juice fast. Soup fast. Water fast. Won’t last. Jenny. Atkins. Mary Poppins… just pick your poison.
Weight Watchers? Sure, I’ve done Weight Watchers, but all I ended up doing was watch my weight… slowly creep back up! 😅 Despite my past failures, I’ve been extremely determined to find something that not only works for me, but keeps on working.
So far, it feels as though I’m on the right path this time. I haven’t quit and I’m not dragging myself along the ground moaning about being “starved”.
All the same, weight loss can be super annoying at times. Here are the top five things about this journey that really have me questioning if now would be a good time to start pulling my hair out in clumps.
#1 Persistant Muscle Soreness That Threatens Your Life Every Time You Walk Down a Flight of Stairs
Muscle soreness is the devil. As someone who is already a ball of stress on any average day, the last thing I need is to workout and give my muscles a legitimate reason to seize up. There have been times when I have had to sit on the toilet way longer than necessary due to how flippin’ long it took me to sit down in the first place. 🤣
Lately, I have been spending at least forty minutes to an hour each day trying to massage out the knots that refuse to go away.
I know this is an issue that will go away as soon as my body gets used to the current duration and intensity of my workouts, but for now, it’s going to continue to be a pain in the you-know-what. Literally.
#2 Being Too Anxious to Weigh or Measure Yourself to Check Your Progress
As I’ve previously mentioned, my scale and I had a fairly nasty breakup last week. It’s totally cool–I’ve so moved on–but now I’m left wondering how the heck I’m supposed to make sure all of this calorie counting and sweating is actually working.
Before kicking my scale to the curb, I was always anxious about weighing myself. After all, there is very little worse than working your butt off, stepping on the scale, and seeing a number you were not anticipating. There have definitely been times when I’ve given up on what I was doing due to feeling as though the scale was never going to reflect the energy and time I was putting into trying to lose weight.
Even now, I keep procrastinating about taking my measurements with the little body tape measure I bought awhile ago. It seems as though it would be much more effective (and far less traumatizing) to document my progress in inches opposed to pounds, but I will admit that I am still too afraid to check how things are going so far. 🐔*cluck cluck*
#3 Having to Use Diet Coke as a Crutch Because You’ve Nearly Run Out of Calories And It’s Only 3 PM
I know, I know. “Diet Coke and all other sodas aren’t good for you.” I can already hear all of the nutrition purists out there judging me through the screen. 😝 Trust me, I get it. Soda–even “diet” soda–is chock full of sugar, chemicals, and all kinds of disturbing things I can’t spell, much less pronounce.
According to the current opinion on soda, I should probably drink more water if I’m hungry and leave diet sodas alone (Even though the “experts” can never agree on the health status of a food for very long–look at what they’re saying about toast and tea now). All of this is completely logical and for the most part, I agree.
But: ZERO CALORIES THO’.
Although I don’t do it as much as I used to, there are times when I’m short on calories for the day and I just need something to be a stand-in for real food (BESIDES water). Diet Dr. Pepper. Gum. A tic-tac. Whatever! However, I don’t want to rely upon these sort of tactics forever.
I’ve really been working on spreading my allotted calories more evenly throughout the day. Fortunately, I’m starting to get much, much better at it.
#4 Being Paranoid That Everyone Around You Is Secretly Out to Sabotage Your Diet Because They Can’t Stick to Theirs.
Remember the recent donut incident? Yeah, well, that wasn’t the last time I was confronted by a food I really shouldn’t have. Just yesterday, it was candy. See’s candy, to be exact 🤤. Before that? Even more of those awful (more like awfully delicious) confetti cookies that I had to loudly refuse. Temptation is literally lurking around every corner over here.
I’ll be honest though, if I want something bad enough, I’ll just eat a portion of it and watch my available calories for the day plummet like my bank account on Black Friday–no biggie.
However, 100% of the “off-limit” foods that make it into my food diary are things other people presented to me. It wouldn’t be as annoying if I was the one sabotaging myself (like I used to do all the time). My own family members are (allegedly) trying to trip me up. The injustice of it all!
9 times out of 10, I politely turn down whatever is being pushed upon me (lol).
But on the off chance that I’ve broken down and taken the bait, I can usually be found in some random corner, nervously nibbling on my forbidden treat muttering, “They’re tryin’ to get me man, but I see ’em! I’m on to ’em–all of ’em. They’re just mad that their diets keep failing, so they keep peddling this junk onto me. But no! They won’t get me, man. I’m not gonna let ’em!” 🙎🏽♀️😆
#5 Healthy Food
Last but not least, one of the most annoying things about starting off on a weight loss journey is feeling like you have to eat perfectly healthy 24/7. Depending on your previous diet and food preferences, adjusting what kinds of food make it onto your plate (as well as how much), can be a severe shock to the system.
Even though I am a lover of most things sweet, I have always preferred fruits and vegetables to the junk food overweight people are usually assumed to eat. You know the stereotype: Pizza, french fries, bacon topped bacon on top of bacon, McDonald’s, etc. While I have had these things at one point of my life or another, these are certainly not things I’ve eaten on a regular basis anytime remotely recent.
But as much as I love leafy greens, salads, fruits, and the like, I do not always feel like eating them–especially not everyday as I’ve been doing! I don’t know about you, but when it comes to food, I prefer variety. And yes, there are many different kinds of fruits and vegetables out there to create various meals out of, but let’s be frank–sometimes a girl just wants something a rabbit wouldn’t touch!
Nothing has bothered me more during this journey than going into my fridge or pantry and realizing that there is very little that I can have aside from vegetables and fruit. I can’t snack all throughout the day nor can I have whatever everyone else is having. The “struggle” is all mental, but it doesn’t make it any less irritating lol. And if you’ve ever been on a specific diet or had to count calories, you know this is true!
Today’s Workout: 40 minutes. Upper back, arms, chin, cheeks. Body weight only–no equipment.
Today’s Consumption: 1 pork chop, mashed potatoes, 1 biscuit, 1 piece of cheese, 3 pieces of chocolate. 880 calories total. 420 calories left for the day.
Today was Day 10.
The weight loss struggle is real. 😩
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