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Why I won't give up

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Monday, February 04, 2019

It's helpful to remember when I first started this weigh-loss journey, and why I will not give up. I was 40 pounds overweight, and the pounds had crept up so gradually that I didn't even realize how heavy I looked. I got used to seeing myself as an average-weight person with just a few pounds to lose, when the reality was far from it. When I honestly looked in the mirror or caught sight of my image in a window as I passed by, I had to admit that I was seriously overweight.
I threw myself whole-heartedly into a Biggest Loser contest at work, and lost 20 pounds. Later, I lost another 20 through Weight Watchers. However, at this point I have put 10 pounds back on and I am determined to take these pounds off this year and keep them off.
I don't want to ever return to that unhealthy and unattractive version of myself. I know I feel and look much better when I'm at a healthy weight. I have been able to reduce my blood pressure and cholesterol levels to a healthy range, and ditch the medications I was on. I also have found that when I relax my eating habits, I don't just stay the same weight; I quickly gain. So I really have to work at this goal, and remember that it is a healthy lifestyle, not a temporary diet. There is just too much at stake to ever throw in the towel!
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