When you decide to lose weight, there are some pros and cons. Ok, let’s be fair, there are way more pros than there are cons. In fact, there are no real cons. There are some ‘less-positive’ sides to it, but no real cons. Nothing that can or should stop you to decide to go ahead and take the challenge.
The biggest pro of all is of course your health. When I started this, I carried a lot more weight with me than I do right now. I was lucky to not really suffer from my weight. I had no real pain because of it. I had some physical discomforts, of course. When I had to take the stairs, I was out of breath at the top of it. When I had to go for a walk, I was exhausted. But although I did not suffer from my weight, I do feel the difference right now, with losing it. I feel how my body is more at ease, how I’m capable of doing more activities with ease. No, I’m not an athlete, not at all. I should really decided on starting to exercise more. Who know, maybe tomorrow? Or next week…
Another pro is the compliments you get from the people around you. It starts with the people close to you. A quote I see passing on Pinterest a lot and which I adore: ‘It takes 4 weeks for you to notice a change, 8 weeks for your friends and family, it takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world.’ And I can confirm it. After a couple of weeks I started to notice changes myself. Clothes that got wider around the waist, and of course the number on the scale that changed. After a couple of weeks those close to me who knew I was working on it started seeing changes. And after a couple of months, I started to get compliments from colleges, and acquaintances. Of course, you will always have that one college who, after one year, all of a sudden asks: ‘you’re on a diet? Really?’
Third one on the list, and this one for me is a real motivation. You have to change your wardrobe. The first few weeks, even months, you can just go on wearing your clothes as you did before, but all of a sudden, you realise that those jeans really are getting to big and you risk losing them. And that top you always loved to wear is actually becoming way to baggy. The first time after you have made the switch that you go shopping and that you can take a jeans in a smaller size and that – woohoo – it fits… Blimy, I can guarantee you, it is worth all the efforts. But on the ‘negative’ side (because I mentioned pros and cons), it’s not cheap, losing a lot of weight. You come to a point where you almost have to change your entire wardrobe. Which leads to hilarious moments when after a year all of a sudden you clear out your closet and you find your old baggy sweater.
One of my personal favourites on the pro side? Oh, that moment when I get onto an airplane and I don’t have to worry anymore whether I’ll fit in the seatbelt or not. To just sit down, click the belt and even have to adapt the strap,…. It felt as if I had won a marathon.
On to the cons. Hmmmm, for me, actually I can’t really come up with some cons, but there are some sides about it that are not always easy.
You have to accept that others do not support you. Some people will find it amusing to tease you, will make it their personal agenda to see you ‘fail’. Just ignore those people.
Some people will be jealous. Ignore them too.
It will cost you money. Even if you decide to do it my way, without any personal coach, no program, no products, no gym appointments,… It will still cost you money. As I already mentioned, I eat a lot of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Those are not cheap. I try as much as I can to take the seasonal foods, but even then. Unhealthy food just is cheaper than healthy food. The changing of the wardrobe, not cheap either. I was lucky I have my best friend who is losing weight to, and who was a size under me. So when I started dropping sizes, she lended me a whole pile of jeans. Later on, I got two other pair of jeans from another friend, who lost weight to. So I got to save a little on the clothes. I also sold some of my biggest clothes on a charity event. But still, it cost a lot of money.
It’s not always easy. You have moments in life when you feel like crap and all you want to do is go to the pantry and eat your heart out. I never was a really emotional eater, so for me it’s not that big of a trap, but sometimes when you’re having a rough period in life, it’s not that easy to keep your focus on losing weight. Just allow yourself to have those moments. When I have one of those moments, I try to maintain the weight I have at that moment. Maybe I don’t lose any weight, but I also try not to gain any. And even when you’re mentally fine, it can happen that you reach a platform. Sometimes you reach a weight and that’s just it. However you try, you just seem to be stuck on that weight. That’s fine. It’s hard, and it’s frustrating, but after a while you will pass it and continue. I already ‘survived’ four of those moments, and my BFF will confirm it to you all, I can be a pain in the ass during those moments. :p
It takes time. Of course, we all want to see quick results, and therefor we are tempted by those methods who promise us quick results. Eat this, drink that,… Just be patient and the results will come. I’m pretty sure with my method I did not get the results as fast as some other methods would have, but I’m also pretty sure that the results will last longer. But when I look back to the journey I have made, and the results that I have reached, I can only say one thing, it was totally worth it.