I like the deep questions. Thank you for your help in making this Q&A post so interesting and exciting. I got your question and will do my best to answer it. Your question was:
“I was wondering what obstacles did you face during your weight loss/exercise journey and how did you overcome them? “
Fantastic question. I had many obstacles, as do we all, that I had to overcome during my journey. Many of the obstacles I am still trying to tackle. Sometimes obstacles keep coming back and sometimes you beat them up and they are gone forever. I am going to list my major obstacles and how I dealt/deal with them in a straight forward format.
- Fear– I was so afraid to start my journey because I feared I would fail. I overcame this by having a partner in the opening battle. That partner was my sister. Shoot, we were both scared I guess, but we stepped out anyway. I hated the way I looked and feared I would always be that way more than I feard the journey.
- Change-I don’t like change much and if I was going to lose weight and keep it off I had to face the fact that I needed to change. There was no way around it. I overcame this by making a decision to be uncomfortable in order to attain my weight loss goals. It was uncomfortable but I made it through.
- Hunger- Oh yeah, now we’re gettin’ down to business. On WW you never have to be hungry, but when you’re used to eating 12 pieces of pizza and now you are eating 2; come on now. Two pieces maybe brought fullness, but I wanted to be stuffed. I overcame this with veggies. On WW veggies are free. I would eat them right when I got home because I would be so hungry at this time. I ate salsa and pickles all the time. If I wanted to feel more full, I would just eat more veggies. I also always ate a lot of veggies before I went out to eat. Potatoes are pretty good at this too, they have points but the fill me up.
- 3 month point- I always quit all my diets at this point. I was scared that I would do it again so I planned ahead of time. I announced the great victory of surpassing 3 months to my WW group. I planned on making it a special thing with my wife too. I made a HUGE deal out of going just one day beyond three months. This kept me going.
- Emotional eating– I have always tried to medicate myself with emotional eating. I constantly fight with this obstacle. I thought I should talk about an obstacle that I still battle with. I don’t just want to eat when I am sad either. Any emotion that is more intense than normal brings on the urge to eat. I overcome this on a case-by-case basis by stopping and thinking about what I am about to do. I tell myself that the food probably won’t be that good anyway, I will feel guilty 5 minutes later, and it just might start that cycle that takes me all the way back to 307.6 lbs. This usually does it, I don’t do it. Not everytime though.