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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

How "Owning Up" Helps You Lose Weight

When I made a commitment to write this blog, I made a commitment to be completely honest with myself and my readers about the trials and tribulations of my weight loss journey. Being honest about my weight is not an easy thing to do; I’ve always held it close to my heart, cocooned like a small caterpillar. It’s only recently that the caterpillar has emerged as a butterfly and the transition has been both exhilarating and petrifying at the same time.

I’ll try to explain.

Before I lost my weight, I lived in a perpetual state of denial. Here’s a great example:

When I would go to the doctor for my check-ups, I would always refuse to get on the scale because I didn't want to deal with the repercussions of that damn number. So, instead of owning up to it, I’d come up with an excuse. I would get away with it most of the time, but there were times when my physician would put his foot down and forced me to weigh-in. When that would happen, I would comply and step on the scale like a defeated child. I’d see the number and I would try to convince myself that it was high because I was wearing heavy clothes or ate a big breakfast. I would blame it on stress, work…anything and everyone except for myself.

Before I started my weight loss journey I never took responsibility for my weight. I wanted to shift the blame onto anything and everything else in my world, because admitting that I did it to myself meant that I was a failure, I had no self control. I was a terrible person.

All of which are irrational thoughts.

I was overweight because I made the conscious decision to eat during times when I felt stressed, overwhelmed or emotionally taxed. I ate because food gave me a level of comfort that I couldn’t give to myself. When I finally came to that realization and I accepted my previous failures, then I was able to move past myself and became successful.

Accountability and honesty are two key factors in achieving your weight loss goals.

Here are some quick tips to help you accept your past and move forward into your successful future:

1. Be accountable for past failures; you ate, you drank and you were merry. So what? It’s over now, accept previous decisions and let go of the regret. Regret is like an anchor on your soul. Release it and you’ll be abla to move forward.

2. Be honest about your daily intake and track it. This is key. There are days I don’t want to track and those are the days that I tend to overeat. Don’t use it as an excuse to self sabotage.

3. Own up to your choices. Don’t expect to eat perfectly everyday. You’ll have your successful days and other days that are tough. Learn from your mistakes and move on, don’t beat yourself up about them.

4, Be honest, with yourself and he people who love you. If you’re struggling, share your feelings, maybe someone can validate your feelings and process how to get past them instead of eating.

You’ll find that the more honest and accepting of yourself you are, the more successful you will be.

Bee healthy Bee happy.

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