50 Lessons from Losing 50 Pounds
I Finally Lost 50 Pounds
So it finally happened — I finally hit that big milestone that screams in my face “you did something HUGE, Jordan.” It feels absolutely amazing. I am SO glad that I stuck with this weight loss for as long as I have, and am excited to see where else my weight loss endeavors take me in the future.
Needless to say, I’ve learned quite a lot on this journey thus far. These past nine months have been the craziest, most ridiculous, most courageous and self-improving nine months of my entire life. Because of this, I want to share what I have learned so far on my journey with all of you!
So without further ado, here are the first 10 lessons I’ve learned from losing 50 pounds (this post was so big that I had to break it up in parts!):
1. The changes your body goes through on this journey are nothing compared to the changes your mind will go through.
As you lose weight, yes, physically you will change. But mentally, oh man. Change is not intense enough of a word for what happens to your mind. Your entire way of thinking will shift. There will be days of intense mental energy that just flows through you like no other. There will be days where you confuse yourself with what you decide you want to do. You will take so many more courageous risks, it’s amazing.
2. Going on this journey alone would be foolish and self-detrimental.
While yes, eventually you will build up the mental fortitude to head to the gym often and eat decently well on your own, it is so much easier to at least start off doing so with some people to hold you accountable. I chose you guys, reading my blog, for this <3
3. Your body is the same vessel, fat or skinny.
Your body changes, but it is the same body that you started with. You’re treating it better (way better hopefully) throughout your weight loss journey, but it isn’t going to magically become fitness model X’s body as the weight comes off. You are still you from start to finish.
4. You know that big-faced, bright, genuine smile you had when you were a kid? You can get it back.
The one thing that I noticed the most going into this summer was just how happy I was when there wasn’t anything to trigger that happiness. I was just happy because I was a happy person.
Then, my good friend Kasey took this picture of me, and I recognized what was going on: I got my childhood big-grinned wide-eyed smile back. Seeing that sort of smile on my face again made all of this worth it.
5. Weight loss is not linear.
I did not straight out, continuously lose the weight without plateauing out or gaining weight every once in a while. In fact, I was stuck at exactly 45.5 lbs for 5 weeks. FIVE WEEKS. It happens, but in order to continue losing the weight, you have to keep persistently trying.
6. COMMUNITY COMMUNITY COMMUNITY
Do you know how amazing the health and fitness community is? Trust me, ask for help and they will take you by the hand and lead you to all of the inspiration and love that you need to keep up your weight loss. Reach out and join some large groups of people doing the same sort of fitness things you like doing. I totally do this with Zumba 🙂
7. Working out is 1,000,000x more fun if you like the workouts you’re doing.
Speaking of which, exercise the way you love exercising! It’s so much easier to stick to something that you actually love doing. I love my Zumba, but I’m also a fan of evening runs and POP Pilates. I sprinkle these workouts throughout my week in between weight training and working towards that mud run.
8.Eat the damn cake on your birthday.
You know the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen”? Yeah, it’s true. But you’re going to be miserable if you never have a cheat day. Eat the sugary stuff, just be sure to keep tracking for that day and not let it become a daily thing.
9. Being consistent and persistent are the only ways to maintain weight loss.
You can do whatever you want to lose weight fast, but if it’s not something you can sustain in the long run, then it’s not worth it. You will gain the weight back unless what you’re doing is something that you can do consistently for a very long time. You can’t just lose the weight and go back to your old ways and expect it to stay off forever.
10. The health industry will make you believe that weight loss has to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be.
All you have to do to lose weight is be at a caloric deficit. That means that if you consume less energy (from food and drinks) than you use, you will lose weight. You don’t need anything fancy to do that, you can even measure your calories (which is how people measure your body’s energy, by the way) on a free app. My favorite is MyFitnessPal.
What do you think so far? What have you learned in your past journeys and experiences that have changed your mindset? Let’s share experiences in the comments section! Also, tune in next Tuesday for Part Two!