I am now down 45 pounds. This week I weigh 157 pounds. Although I would like to continue to shrink and lose inches, the number on the scale is not that important anymore. People ask me all the time how I lost the weight and I've said it before but I have to say it again - until I let go of my emotional weight, the physical manifestation of my feelings was going nowhere.
My outward appearance was a reflection of how I was dealing (or not dealing) with things in my life. As an emotional eater I would eat when I was stressed, I'd eat when I was sad, I'd even eat when I was happy. Food was a reward for me or a place of comfort. I've now found better ways to deal with things, exercise has helped tremendously.
I love the natural high I get from the release of endorphins when I exercise. If I am stressed instead of immediately turning to food I think about how I will feel after I eat those chips, fries, whatever. And if it is going to make me feel worse, I come up with an alternative. It doesn't always work but the fact that I am thinking before I eat is clearly a step in the right direction.
If you are carrying around extra weight and have yet to do anything about it, you have to ask yourself why. This is the hardest part of weight loss- diet and exercise those are easy. But for all of us with extra pounds there is generally an underlying issue or issues that we need to deal with to be successful.
I am now living a healthy life, I am not on a diet for a finite period of time, nor I am simple exercising to lose weight. I am making an impact on not just my health but my family as well. If you haven't put yourself first, ask yourself why? Get to the bottom of it, surround yourself with people that are positive and interested in living healthy, and then just do it! If you need help, I've got your back. I certainly could not have been successful on my journey with out the support of my friends - you, you and you over there.