On January 1st, when everyone else was customarily defining their resolutions and goals for the new year, I decided to take action and change my life, too.
I was tired of being labeled ignorant and being described by nothing more than my physical appearance. I wasn’t bothered when strangers would refer to me as “the fat girl,” but I didn’t know how to feel when friends and family would refer to me that way, too.
At first, I thought that perhaps changing friends and my environment would bring me peace of mind. Unfortunately, that did not work. It seemed as though the world was looking at me through the same lens. Their sentiments were random, yet unison. After all it was true – I was fat; but I guess I didn’t want to face the fact that I was the solution to my own problem.
Eight months later, I have lost 15 kgs and have dropped 3 dress sizes. My tailor constantly checks in with me for new clothes to alter.
The hardest part for me was letting go of certain foods in my diet and replacing them with healthier options. It took time for my taste buds to adjust to the new foods I now eating, but it had to be done. Running around the track field did not get any easier, but I became more determined to keep pushing myself.
Day after day, I am asked the same question: “What was your turning point?”
I must say that the first thing that comes to my mind before responding is that the sacrifice is paying off. The decision to lose weight was by no means enforced, it was a choice. I knew it was going to hurt, but I also knew it was going to pay off with time. Now I understand what they mean when they say, “No pain, no gain.”
I have seen and heard many women complain about their weight, yet they choose not to do anything about it. I’ve been there before, wishing is not enough. You have to get up and work for that body. It will require a lot of sacrifice, but it will pay off. Embrace the journey and keep going.
I’m glad I made the decision to lose weight, and I will continue to make that choice even when it’s hard. I just love myself that much. I have not reached my goal weight yet, but I am making progress and I know I will get there one day.