OK so you want to lose weight? That’s great! It’s going to be so fun and easy and everything will be just like those workout DVDs where everyone does each move perfectly and no one ever has questions or stops because their dog is trying to lick their face or their baby is crying or they have to throw up. Yes. This will be awesome. You are ready. You are serious. You bought Splenda, and spinach, and a food scale! You’ve downloaded a food tracker app and spent hundreds of dollars on an activity watch. You’ve watched the infomercials, you’ve followed the fitness models on Instagram who have all lost 60+ lbs and coincidentally deleted all evidence of their former fat lives but still have a standard 3 “before” photos as proof that they can relate to how you’re feeling. Their posts are so inspirational, their lives began when they lost weight, they were dead before, like you, you’re dead right now you just don’t know it yet. Soon you will be thin and reborn into this magical world of protein, pre-workout, and perfectly round, cellulite free asses.
Actually, that’s all bullshit. Losing weight is hard and in all honestly, it sucks most of the time. You have to count shit, weigh shit, stop eating takeout every night, drink more water than wine in a day, order grilled chicken instead of fried macaroni and cheese; there are real sacrifices. Navigating the world of weight loss is about as easy as online dating. Meaning it’s awful. There are hundreds of programs, diets, pills, shakes, meal plans, everything. There are experts on both sides of the meat vs no meat debate, boys with big muscles telling you 200 grams of protein a day is child’s play, and yogis who claim veganism is the only path to success. Even for someone with a master’s degree in exercise science and several years of experience as a health coach (me), sifting through the fitness bullshit is exhausting.
To be honest, I’m kind of fed up with the social media fitness world. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been so motivated and inspired by an Instagram account only to find out the pictures were edited or the account owner never actually struggled with their weight. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I read this quote once that said “The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one” well, I’m gonna go ahead and apply that to honest, motivational, social media accounts focused on weight loss. I’m going to be my own inspiration. My goal for Weight Loss In Real Life is to show everyone the raw, honest truth about weight loss, the highs and the lows, successes and failures, and everything in between. Losing weight is so much more than counting calories or tracking workouts. I think it can be really discouraging to see so many fitness models telling us that we can have the same results when they don’t even have those results because the pictures are photo shopped.
I want Weight Loss In Real Life to be a safe space for anyone who has struggled with their weight or body image issues; I want it to be real, and authentic, and uplifting. I’m going to chronicle my journey in hopes that it will inspire someone to keep going even when you have bad days where you’re crying on the floor because you lost 4 lbs but then you ate an entire box of Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pies BECAUSE I HAVE DONE THAT AND I GET IT. I promise to never edit my photos or strategically pose to look 10 lbs lighter (still gonna use filters on my face though because I’m a seriously cute snap chat puppy), I will share everything, it won’t always be pretty but it will always be real.