Good Morning Everyone! I have reached the 15th day of my 5 week juice fast. I feel a little out of it, this morning. I took some of my anti-anxiety meds last night (was having an anxiety attack last night while I was trying to sleep), and woke up feeling lethargic and groggy. This weekend I bought some clothes for my upcoming vacation to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Ever since I gained weight, I absolutely despise buying clothes, if possible I try to do it online as to avoid being around people and having to try things on. However, I was with a friend, and she pressured me to get some new clothes (because none of my summer clothes fit since the weight gain). We went to a plus sized store. Granted, my size was the smaller end of the spectrum, it was still depressing to know that I was buying clothes at a plus-sized retailer. Never the less, I reminded myself, that this is only temporary. I’ve been really hard on myself lately about how I look, despite making progress with this juice fast. I know other people who have done it and have lost more weight than I have, but I try to keep in mind, that everybody is different, and I need to stop comparing myself to other people, which is what I want to address today.
Don’t compare yourself to the people at the gym, or people in magazines. All that will do is make you feel discouraged and bad about yourself. Everyone loses weight differently, and in different places. You have to take into consideration things like: Gender, age, height, genetics, diet, and exercise. We all know someone who can eat whatever the hell they want, and is still super skinny. That’s because of genetics. I have two brothers who can basically eat anything they want, without the fear of getting fat because they have fast metabolisms, and they’re very active on top of it. I didn’t get dealt the same cards in our genetic gene pool. I was dealt a tougher hand, and that’s just life. If my brother and I were the same size, and were both on the same diet to lose weight, he would probably lose weight at a quicker rate than I would. So don’t compare your results with other people’s results because you don’t know their genetic make-up and its just going to make you feel bad about yourself. If your trying your hardest, you will see results. Stick with it, and you WILL get there.
Everybody knows someone, who lost a ton of weight doing some specific diet (like going gluten free, being vegan, or other mainstream diets), or something specific to their body type (like the blood type diet). And people who want to lose weight will follow suit to see if they get the same results and are often left disappointed when they don’t. That’s because what works for one person, may not work for you. That’s why its important to find out what foods react with your bod
y. Start of with basic diet and exercise, and see what rate you lose weight, and then start to experiment with different (healthy) foods, and exercises and take note of the changes you see with your body when you make those modifications. Pay attention to your energy levels, and how much you are putting into your body, as well as how much is coming out. Healthy digestion is VERY important in weight-loss.
When you stop paying attention to what everyone else is doing and how everyone else looks, you’ll start to notice the changes you are making. Even the smallest amount of progress is still progress. You may only lose a pound of fat one week, but that’s a pound less than you had to work off before. If you’re tired of having to start new diets over and over because none of them work, then stop quitting. Stick with something, and MAKE it work. Find out what you’re body needs to
be successful, and make it happen. Change doesn’t happen over night, so be patient. You got this!