Life is about the journey and the lessons we learn. Well, I've been on a journey to lose weight for some years. It has been a real struggle for me. When I was a teenager and in my twenties, I thought I was too thick and wanted to be a little skinnier. As I got older and had children, I wish I could go back to that size.

When I set out to start losing weight, I always start out doing well. I'll eat healthy, balanced meals, and exercise. Then I get tired, maybe even a little lazy and stop. Whatever weight I did lose I gained back and a little more. Sound familiar? This has been a pattern that I can’t seem to break and it's frustrating.

I’ve watched the youtube videos and social media posts about other people’s weight loss journeys. A lot of them lost the weight and kept it off while others gained it all back. It's happened to me and it's happened to them. So, I think to myself why try if the weight is going to come back? Don’t throw your old clothes out or give them away, you might need them again. I know I shouldn’t think that way but it's hard not to.

I am a foodie...I love food...I love to cook for my family. Then there's date night and girls night out where I indulge in a drink or two and some good food. Being an emotional eater doesn’t help either, especially now that I am back in school.

There are nights when I am up late studying or reading and want something to snack on. And I don’t be wanting healthy snacks either. A little voice in my head tells me “a little chocolate or those chips won't hurt” but they do. They say when you know better you do better. I guess I haven't been able to apply that logic when it comes to food.

Since I’m being honest, I’ll admit that I'm addicted to Dunkin’ Donut's coffee. Sometimes I can’t have coffee without a donut. My go-to order consists of a large hot dark roast, caramel swirl, with cream, and a blueberry cake donut. Listen, I was going to DD so much that the drive-thru cashier was completing my order for me.

Then there are so many different types of diets. Keto, paleo, one meal a day, intermitting fasting, smoothies, and juicing. What in the world? Which one do I choose? If any? And let’s not forget the workouts!! OMG...the muscle pain and soreness make me want to give up and never work out again. Just keeping it real.

I’ve never been skinny, always had curves and want to keep it that way. But this stomach, these thighs, and these bat wings on my arms have got to go. Next year I will be 40 (can't believe it). I don’t want to turn 40 and still weighing over 200 lbs. I need to start taking this weight loss journey serious and be consistent.

I recently sat down and took some time to think about what I need to do to be successful in achieving my weight loss goals. I know I'm not the only one on a weight loss journey so I figured I would share what I came up with.

1. Setting small weight loss goals will add up over time. Remember it's not just about the number on the scale. It's about how you feel and watching those inches disappear. Start slow. Don’t jump into eating healthy and exercising all at once.

2. Make working out fun. If that’s even possible. For me, going to the gym every day is boring. Switching things up might make it more exciting. Walking the neighborhood, park, or track. Find a Zumba or Yoga class. Maybe sign up for a fitness boot camp.

3. Cook more often and make healthier meals. Dining out is fun and easy but not always healthy. It’s my go-to when I don’t feel like cooking. Gonna get back into meal planning and cook at home.

4. Cut back on the snacks and sugar. Not sure I can completely give up my DD coffee yet, but I will cut down to 1-2 times a week. Instead of some chips or cookies, I'll eat some fruit or rice cakes. The flavored rice cakes.

5. Cut down on pasta, potatoes, and bread. All of which are my weaknesses. I tried zoodles (zucchini noodles). They're not so bad, just have to get used to it.

I hope by sharing my journey it will help someone else who is struggling with losing weight. Don't give up. You are not alone and we have to keep trying until we get it right. Take the time to figure out what works for you. Don’t be so quick to go with whatever new fad diet that’s out. Listen to your body. Start slow, set realistic goals, and don’t be so hard on yourself. Put the scale away. It can be intimidating when you step on it and the number is not what you think it should be. That’s what I’m gonna do. Small steps lead to big results. Lifestyle changes and consistency are the keys to our success. Trust the journey!

Have any suggestions for me? Maybe I’ll do a follow-up post every three months to share how things are going, what’s working and what's not working for me.

Be blessed!

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