Many people have asked me, especially over the course of the last few months, how I lost so much weight. By the way, the last time I checked, I was down 59 lbs. I have freely told each person who has asked about my weight loss journey, but I don’t think anyone has believed me. I know that we live in a world where people claim to pop pills and lose weight, get bigger butts, and more, but true results come from within. Read more
I have said this so many times that it almost seems ridiculous that I don’t already have a post about it. We all have experiences that we have endured that would help someone else, if we would only share our story with him or her. I have said, in one of my YouTube videos, that I believe all of our purposes are connected, and that we are here to serve one another. In the video, I stated that doing our “job” of living our purpose is exactly what will spark someone else to do their “job”. You may have endured some things that would greatly help another person, if you were willing to share your story. Read more
Are you one of those people who love to sit and reminisce about the past? Anytime friends and families get together, it seems that they spend hours talking about what used to be and what happened way back when. Today, especially in the media, it is almost common place to take a stroll down memory lane in order to dig up a person’s past dirty laundry. Although looking back on some things may seem harmless, there is really only one reason you should ever look back at your past.
The Only Time It’s Okay to Look Back at Your Past
The one and only time you should be looking back is to see how far you’ve come from there. You might believe that you aren’t strong enough and can’t handle certain things, but if you look back, you may discover that you have already overcome those very things. Most likely, those things have even made you a stronger and better person for having experienced them.
If you have people in your life who insist on bringing up things from your past that show you in a negative light, or that causes you pain to think about, you might want to rethink your relationship with those people. Your past is just that. You learn from it and move on.
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Don’t continue to look back and live in those moments time and again. Don’t beat yourself up for not knowing something, or for not doing something different. Everything in your life happened exactly the way it was supposed to happen. Otherwise, something different would have occurred. Understand that your past is just a marker in time.
Take a moment to think about who you are today. Now, reflect on who you used to be. How far have you come? How much have you grown, since then?
Recently, I posted a photo showing my weight loss over the last year, and in a matter of hours, I had hundreds of likes and comments, and several messages in my inbox from women asking me how I lost 40 pounds. I mean, they were really looking for my “secret” in getting results.
Honestly, I was both flattered and frustrated. Most people don’t realize the things that they do on a regular are the things that cause them to get “unwanted” results time and time again. At the risk of being perceived as a joke, I also posted a status that read “When you get tired of something, and I mean truly tired, you WILL do something about it. Until then, one can only assume that you love your situation.”
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How I Lost 40 Pounds
I meant that in love, regardless of how it is taken. The short answer to the question, “How did you lose 40 lbs?” is simple…I made a decision to lose the weight. I decided what I wanted, and I started moving toward that goal. The long answer is this. I had tried the diets and failed. I restricted calories. I bought all healthy foods, and ordered pizza after a couple of days. The point is, I knew what didn’t work for me.
I had lost weight before, but I hadn’t changed my lifestyle. So, that was the goal this time. It took me about a year to lose the weight, because I refused to workout. I wanted to get the food part down, first. I had heard and read in several places that diet is 80% of weight loss, and that exercise was only 20%. I removed several things from my diet, and reintroduced them one by one, after a few weeks. I learned that my body didn’t like cow’s milk, bananas, and bread. I cut out fast foods, and started cooking at home more. I started using coconut oil for everything, and within a couple of months, I saw the scale change for the first time.
I kept up with my eating habits, because I had made changes that I enjoyed and could sustain long term. Seeing the numbers go down on the scale gave me added motivation to keep it up too! I exercised a few times, but it’s not my thing, at least not right now. Lately, though, I’ve been tricked into working out, because my husband bought me a bike, as an early anniversary gift, and I’ve been riding every day.
If you are trying to lose weight, I encourage you to stop trying, make a decision, and just lose the weight. When you want something bad enough, you will make a way to get it. I’ve done that in so many other areas of my life, and I finally applied it to my body too. Change your mind and it will change your life!