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Welcome to the inside of my brain. Here, I share experiences, tips, tricks and fun things I've learned during my weight loss journey. 

  • Gail Ballin

90 lbs. in 90 days.

I saw a post on Facebook recently asking people if they wanted to lose 90 lbs in 90 days. The response was overwhelming. Several hundred people responded “YES! Tell me how to do it!” and it got me thinking about how many people are looking for that quick fix; including myself when I was almost 300 lbs.

I remember almost 2 years ago when I had an overwhelming feeling of desperation; knowing that I had a lot of weight to lose, wanting to get it off quickly and feeling hopeless, helpless and stuck - not knowing where to even begin.

I understand WHY we want to get the weight off quickly. For me, it was because I was disgusted with myself. I hated who I was at that size and I hated that I let myself get to that size. It symbolized weakness and a lack of self control. I was angry at myself for becoming who I never wanted to be and for not living up to my own expectations.

For others, it can be a multitude of reasons including:

1. Not liking the way we look to ourselves and to others. I can remember being out in public thinking that others were judging me because of my size; in truth, I was judging myself and projecting my feelings onto others. Whether they judged me was irrelevant (but that is a topic for another blog!) I hated the way I looked in clothes. No matter what I put on, I didn’t look good so I kept buying more and more clothes, hoping that I’d look better in the next outfit. Unfortunately, it was my body and not the outfit that was making the impact.

2. We also don’t like the way we feel physically. Carrying around extra weight feels sort of like carrying a sack of rocks on our back. Any physical activity takes more effort and is taxing on our bodies. Joints hurt and any physical activity can result in labored breathing. I remember getting breathless after climbing a flight of stairs. My kids would look at me and say “Mom, are you OK?” and I’d feel a surge of embarrassment and inadequacy.

When we feel ready, we want the weight gone and we want it gone NOW!

It does’t work that way, though. When we feel that surge of melancholy we want a quick fix; something that will show fast results so we can feel better about ourselves and look better to the world.

In these despondent moments we fall prey to some misconceptions:

  • Starving yourself speeds weight loss

  • Starving yourself is actually going to slow your metabolism

  • It makes you hungry and you tend to binge rather than lose

  • Extreme exercise is the way to success

  • Nope. You just have to move a little everyday.

  • Anything to burn calories will work.

  • Fad diets are the way to go

  • They may help you lose weight fast, but they do not teach you how to eat properly

  • They lead to yo-yo dieting

  • They are impossible to stick with long term

  • They are usually restrictive

  • Carbs need to be eliminated

  • Proteins and carbs each have the same amount of calories - 4 calories per gram

  • Eat the right carbs in moderation and you’ll be just fine

  • Healthy foods are more expensive

  • There are plenty of healthy foods that are reasonably priced

  • Chocolate is more expensive than most produce

Keep in mind that weight loss is journey. It is not a quick fix. If you love to eat and have a tendency to overeat, then you will be on this journey the rest of your life. Learn how to eat properly and you will be well on your way to developing healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Bee healthy. Bee happy.

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