So, within the last few years I have gained 20 pounds…yep you heard me 20 pounds! I never really worried about this weight gain as I am a very active person and figured it was all muscle. Well, that is definitely not the case, while I did gain muscle I also gained some extra jiggle. This summer I am in two weddings and now, of course, two months out from the first wedding I am stressing over these extra pounds. In the process of trying to lose these 20 pounds, I have learned a thing or two…

Here are a few things that no one tells you about trying to lose weight:

It Sucks!

Losing weight sucks. Plain and simple. It sucks trying to work out like crazy while following a strict diet. It sucks trying to be social over food and drinks while trying to make healthy choices. It sucks to watch others indulge on the foods you love. It just sucks.

It’s Hard

There is absolutely nothing easy about losing weight. Not one thing. It’s freaking hard. You not only need to work out, but you also have to be mindful of the food and drinks you are putting into your body. It requires a lot of effort and dedication.

It’s Generally a Slow Process

If you are like me, I expect instantaneous results. Which, when it comes to weight loss does not happen. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to work hard and eat right for an entire week and see little to no progress. In fact, when you weigh yourself after a week and that scale hasn’t budged…WTF!

Friends, Family, and Social Interactions Make it Even Harder

Eating and drinking are very social activities. Well, this is extremely problematic when you are trying to lose weight…eating out is one of the worst things as it is nearly impossible to know exactly what is in your meal. Not only is eating out a problem but what happens when you go over to mom and dad’s and of course mom makes your favorite high carb dinner with dessert to top it off??

Take Home Message

If you are beginning the journey to lose weight, you ultimately will become frustrated and likely give up. Well, after you give up try again and realize that your hard work will pay off it just takes time. Also, try and find a buddy to lose weight with. Having a friend or family members support can make you work harder and motivate one another. Also, losing weight is hard for absolutely everyone. There is nothing wrong with you. You are just like everyone else struggling to lose those extra pounds. Lastly, remember you did not gain the weight overnight and it, unfortunately, will not come off overnight.

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