Twenty days into my return to weight loss, and things are going GREAT. I am eating meal replacements, I’m exercising, and I’ve lost 14 pounds so far. I’m picking up nuances in our weekly classes that I missed the first time, and I couldn’t be happier. This weight loss stuff is like riding a bicycle.
Have you seen this video of the guy with the backward bicycle?
The people trying to ride this bicycle know exactly what they need to do in order to stay balanced, but their bodies just aren’t cooperating. When I saw this, I immediately made the connection to weight loss. I know nutrition. I know portion control. I know exercise. For the last year, though, there has been something inside me that has been preventing me from acting based on my knowledge.
Whatever that switch is inside me that needed to flip, it has flipped. A close friend congratulated me on my success, and asked, “[Have you figured out] why you gained it back?” What a complicated question.
In looking back at the timeline, I stopped exercising regularly during recovery from a surgery. I was able to maintain within 20 pounds of where I wanted to be for quite a while after that, and I was exercising 1-2 times per week by walking or jogging. I was not going to the gym.
After changing jobs and moving, I completely abandoned exercise, ate as much fast food as I wanted, and the rest is history. I knew with every bite that what I was eating was a poor nutrition choice that would lead to weight gain. I knew that avoiding exercise would cause my metabolism to slow and make resuming exercise that much harder. What was stopping me? I even posted on Facebook, “I wish 2012 Daniel would visit 2015 Daniel and give him some motivation.”
Like the man on the bicycle, it just flipped for me one day. I got back on the bicycle and resumed my journey. If you are in that place where I was, unhappy with your choices but unable to find the switch, believe me. I know. I know.
Everyone’s switch is in a different place, and once you find it, it moves. The struggle is real, but know that you can get right back on that bicycle at any time.