It has been two years officially since I started my weight loss journey. This journey went from focusing on the numbers dropping on the scale to me feeling good and healthy. In the beginning, I was more focused on the losing the weight and seeing the numbers drop on the scale. As time went on, I didn’t become satisfied with the way I was so idolized around the scale. Getting happy or discouraged if I lost or gained a pound. Weight loss and feeling good about yourself really begins with your mentality. Sometimes a person is just not as confident as they thought they were going to be after losing a certain amount of weight. Losing weight is just one component that contributes to feeling good and being healthy. When I realized that, everything changed. I wanted to be satisfied with my inner self as well as my outer self. I looked in the mirror and I told myself you make yourself who you are. No one has control of who you are and no one has the power to label you what you are for the rest of your life. I stopped getting on the scale, and I focused more on bring myself up rather than down. Anytime you want to make a change in your life, you have to do it for yourself. If you are making a change in your life for someone else such as losing weight, you will ultimately fail. You have to want this change for you. Chances are if you are doing it for the right reasons, you will have a much stronger drive to accomplish what you started. Overall surround yourself with positive people and positive thoughts. Don’t let anyone feed negative thoughts into your mind that can discourage you from your goal.
This has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. This time last year I made the decision to start living and eating healthy. I started by cutting soda completely out of my diet. It was much easier than I thought it would be. I used to drink Sprite with every meal, and I also was eating fast food everyday. Once I stopped drinking soda, and combined that with working out every day, the weight just started coming off. I was looking and feeling better about myself within a few months. I drank only water and occasionally a glass of unsweet tea. I am happy to say that now I have completely cut sugar out of my diet. I have lost a total of 35 pounds and am still continuing on my weight loss journey. My advice to people who are trying to lose weight is to not give up, and make sure your expectations are realistic. Don’t expect to lose 40+ pounds in a month or two. That is not the case, and don’t believe anyone that tells you so. It took me an entire year to lose 35 pounds, and my weight still fluctuates from time to time. I had very unrealistic expectations when I first started, I thought I would reach my goal within a few months. At first I lost 15 pounds within a month, but after that month the weight was coming off slowly. Now I have hit a plateau, and am working on overcoming it. I am not going to lie, there has been days where I have looked in the mirror and felt like giving up. I recommend that if you are trying to lose weight find a friend or a partner to support you. It is much easier when you have someone there to encourage you, and help live this healthy lifestyle with you.
Some of us already know what we want to do for the rest of our life, and there are lots of people who don’t have a clue of what they should do. I think this is one of the biggest decisions that a person can make, and it’s not something that should be taken lightly. People should also know that it is okay to change your major, and that doesn’t make you any less intelligent. My experience with choosing a major was a struggle. I felt very pressured to choose a major that was going to make a lot of income, rather than choosing a major that I liked. Money is not everything, let me just say that. I first majored in biology, thinking I was going to be a doctor. I absolutely hated it, I took classes that did not interest me. I really struggled to get through the material. Halfway through the semester, I had thoughts about changing my major. It was a difficult, yet relieving decision to finally change my major. My advice to the people who are struggling to choose a major is to study what you love. Money is something to consider, but it is certainly not everything. I am a hundred times happier with my psychology major than I ever was with biology. If you have multiple interests or aren’t sure what your interests may be, I would suggest taking some career assessments online. My college offered career and personality assessments to help students choose a major. I am not sure if other colleges offer that, but it is definitely something worth looking into.