Is your weight-loss goal too big for you to achieve?

We made it to another year, giving us a fresh 52 weeks to achieve many of the goals we’ve recently set.  Some goals may be ones that have been attempted in the past; others have been recently conjured up.  No matter what these goals are they mean something to you or you wouldn’t have made the decision to challenge yourself.  Successfully reaching your goal can be done when you set your mind to it.  I know because I’ve done it.

My story isn’t unusual.   It starts way back in fifth grade, when I was only 10 years old.  That was when I realized that I was larger in size than most of my classmates; I was basically referred to as the fat girl in school.   The fat girl title was not one that I enjoyed, but none-the-less it was the one assigned to me by a few of the boys at my school and I allowed that title to stick.  It must have been applied by an extremely strong-bonding glue because I couldn’t get rid of that title for  25 years.  In fact, the word “very” adhered itself to the beginning of the fat girl title  in my teens and kept a strong hold until I hit my mid-thirties.

During those twenty-five years of being labeled as fat I had one goal: to lose weight.

I can’t stress to you how much I wanted that to come true.  The goal to get rid of all my excess pounds and be a normal-sized person was always – and I mean always my New Year’s Resolution each January 1st.  It was also the wish I made on every birthday cake, each first star seen in the evening sky and on countless coins tossed into those so called good-luck water fountains that I’d gratefully come across.  Oh how I wanted to achieve just that one goal of mine to lose weight.   Yet for some reason,  I never could do it.

Now I look back and I understand why.

I didn’t go about trying to accomplish my goal the right way.  Wishing, hoping and wanting to achieve my goal did not harm me but it also did not create any success.  My customary method to lose weight wasn’t broken down into simple and attainable segments; all I could think of was this one goal of mine and simply wanting it to be achieved.

My goal often became too much for me.   Realizing that I had more than one-hundred fifty pounds to lose frequently overwhelmed my thoughts.   I already knew that any diet that had the ability to melt off those-kinds-of-pounds would have to last for years, but this girl was just not willing to do that.

So, that frequently made yet well-intended goal that meant so much to me ended in, “No way, just forget it.  I’m fat, morbidly obese, whatever.  God made me this way and I’m going to have to accept it.  It’s who you are, Jodi, live with it.”

Live with it?  Okay.  Well, no, not really.

Here is the part of my story that I don’t necessarily like; in all actuality you could call it emotionally painful.  But as sad as it makes me, it also allows me to be with you today, alive and well.

A devoted mom and truly amazing woman in her early 40’s had to die before I understood that I could successfully reach my goal to lose weight, all 162 extra pounds of excess fat that I was carrying around on my body.   Not only did I know how to do it, I knew I needed to.  So, where did I begin?  Well, that’s a story for my next post.

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  1. Jodi

    I am so overweight. I to need to lose about 150 pounds and I have tried everything I was just told I am diabetic now but if i lose the weight I wouldn’t be. My problem is it is hard to exercise I have CHF and get short of breath just walking. My blood pressure is crazy and the doctors have said it is maglignant so it will always be higher than it needs to. I count calories, don’t drink any pop, no fried foods, no fast food, stopped sweets but my metabolism just isn’t moving. I have a very good cholesterol level so I just need help. I try to eat only fresh veggies and I don’t eat white rice but brown shole wheat noodles no white potatoes i eat sweet potatoes. Please help me I can’t afford a gym or a dietican I am doing it on my own and everywhere you look it says something different. I am so depressed by this

  2. Cheryl,

    Thank you for contacting me; I will be here to keep you motivated as you continue to focus on a healthy lifestyle.

    By what you have informed me of, it sounds as as though you understand how to consume healthy foods, which you should be very proud of… I’m sure proud of you! You mentioned that it’s difficult for you to exercise? Did you speak to your doctor about this issue? I highly recommend that you do.

    Walking every day for 22 minutes was the key to my 162 pound weight loss success. No, it was not easy at first but I was determined. One step at a time and I didn’t allow any excuses to stop me from walking daily.

    At 300 pounds, I finally took the time to stop and evaluate my life. It was then when I realized that I needed to take care of myself much “sooner than later.” My lifestyle had to change or my life could have ended early … way too early. We only are given one life – there are no do-overs. We can not go back in time but we can do OUR BEST to work on improving our future! Healthy living is where it’s at!

    I know you can lose your weight, Cheryl, I just know it! Please speak to your doctor about an exercise regimen and let me know which daily physical activity that you will be allowed to perform.

    Exercise really does makes the difference – the weight just MELTS off!

    I believe you can do this. 🙂


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