One thing that I’ve come to realize over my 2+ year journey is that it’s ok to struggle. The most important thing is that you do your best, you recognize you are going to struggle, and you pull yourself back up and keep going.
For about the last year, I have started gaining weight again. I know that a little bit of that weight gain is from building muscle, I’ve finally been hitting the gym pretty regularly. But I know the other piece of it is that I have let me eating habits slip. At my lowest, I was 175 last year. That was a big milestone for me because it was total 40lbs lost. Up until last year, I had not been that weight since sometime in highschool. But over the last year, I’ve started gaining again and the last time I weighed myself at the beginning of the month, the scale said 192.
I’m trying to use Movember to refocus on what matters. I’m still going to the gym but I’m refocusing me eating habits to what they should be. I am eating the correct portions, trying to stay in a good calorie limit every day, and trying to drink as much water as possible.
I know that these types of struggles are going to happen, sometimes they last the weekend, sometimes a whole year. But the most important part is remembering that we’re not on a fad diet the rest of our lives. It’s important to get back up, dust yourself off, and know that you can do it, but there will be road blocks along the way that try to stop you. It’s important to keep going, keep pushing, and never give up. You’ll be glad you did.
To quote JFK, “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”