Losing Weight Is Hard

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My recent hikes have been a means to an end: weight loss. I’ve been overweight for most of my adult life. It’s not gotten better as I age. While in recent months my weight hasn’t gone up, it definitely hasn’t gone down.

Depression has been an important barrier to my weight loss. It cultivates a sense of apathy towards doing things that improve my quality of life. This makes it difficult to stay motivated to do activities which could result in losing weight.

I always feel like I have to con myself into doing healthy things. Whether it’s refraining from eating that extra portion of whatever to walking an extra mile or so, I can’t plan out new courses of action to improve my health. Thus, I’m stuck trying to seize opportunities to be more active and eat fewer calories.

Still, I need to remember that I have been making better decisions for myself lately. Like quitting smoking, quitting my extra weight can’t be a permanent promise. I can only tell myself that today I’m going to be mindful of my decisions.

2 thoughts on “Losing Weight Is Hard

  1. It is most definitely a day-by-day decision/action. The important thing is to set a goal and then remind yourself of that goal when you’re tempted to take actions that might deflect from it.

    From my perspective, losing weight is probably one of the hardest goals to achieve. The pounds come off soooo slow. But if you don’t give up, the scale WILL reward you one day.


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