This is my story. A story of how anyone can accomplish anything in life they set their heart on if they want it badly enough. The secret of success is willpower. Do you have the willpower to follow through what you have set your heart on? Perhaps you would like to lose 20 pounds but it seems like an impossible task? After all, you have tried it before and it didn't work. Maybe you didn't try hard enough? Did you give it your 100 percent? Sometimes that's what we need to do…give everything we have our 100 percent effort.
Below is my story of how I lost 20 kg with perseverance, willpower and of course diet. Be inspired by what you read and tell yourself you will work at it until you lose the weight you want to. All things in life are possible. All you have to do is go for it with all your heart.
I started gaining weight after my son was born. It was a gradual process. I had gastric problems while I was taking care of my son fulltime. As I didn't want to risk a reoccurrence, I started eating more rice dishes. I never thought I would get fat! I thought I would always be thin. I don't know why I thought that. I was just as human as any other woman. There was nothing different about me.
It didn't help that I had irritable bowel syndrome, which came about as a result of the stress of taking care of my son fulltime. I was a single mum and didn't have anyone to help me except my mum. I was hungry all the time as a result of the syndrome. I was afraid that if I didn't eat, my sickness would get worse. I never thought once about getting fat.
After the birth of my son, I didn't really care about my appearance or myself that much. I let myself go to waste and neglected myself. As a woman I believe that we should make every effort to take care of our bodies, our face and what God has given us. When we do that we are loving ourselves and that can only be a good thing.
My weight grew to 79 kg. I looked fat but my face was presentable. I wasn't ugly…just fat. If I lost all that weight who knows how different my life would have been. Maybe I would have attracted a man and got married. At the time, though, all I could think about was raising my son and I wasn't really interested in acquiring a husband!
Everything changed when I finally took my youngest sister's advice and started eating less rice, meat and carbohydrates. She had been lecturing me for years to cut down on my carbohydrate intake but I didn't listen to her. I figured it was too much bother so I merely shut one ear to her constant nagging. I had tried exercising too but hated it and gave up after a few attempts.
My weight gradually dropped after a few months. It was hard work. Especially at first as I was eating less and my weight was still the same. I was really disheartened but I didn't quit. My sister had warned me to be patient as losing weight took time.
She was right. My weight dropped and dropped until today I weigh about 57 kg. I look slim now and my face looks attractive too. It's amazing how losing weight can boost your self-esteem and make you look a whole lot better. The best part of it all was I didn't have to waste thousands or hundreds of dollars on slimming programs and products. It was sheer willpower and determination to stick to my diet that saw me through. I didn't follow any fancy diet I'd read in a book. I simply did what worked for me. I didn't listen to what others told me to eat or what not to eat. I just followed my own diet plan.
My diet consisted of two pieces of whole meal bread for breakfast with peanut butter or jam on top. To drink I took cereal or Milo. Lunch was half a plate of rice with vegetables and two pieces of meat or a fish. Dinner was the same. Sometimes I substituted meat or fish with cooked eggs. I didn't take supper whereas before I would eat wan tan mee noodles or bread. Noodles can be fattening so I cut down on those.
I remember I used to watch other women as they shopped at department stores. I wasn't envious or anything like that… I just accepted I was different. That was the wrong mental attitude to have and I know that now. Sure I was big but that didn't mean I had to go through the rest of my life being big.
The choice is up to you… to change for the better or go on being miserable and feeling unattractive. I promise you when your weight drops off, you'll feel heaps better. I did! It was no picnic carrying all that fat around.
If you wonder if you are ever going to lose weight, take heart and remember my words: ''Don't let anyone tell you you're too fat to lose weight.'' Anything is possible in life! Whether you want to lose weight, improve your career prospects or become a millionaire before you're thirty. I haven't tried out the millionaire part because I'm not money hungry like some people. My goal in life is to be happy with the man I love and have a beautiful daughter with him. We will have a happy home together with my son. My wish is simple and with time it will come to be.
My motto in life is: ''Seek God as your guide, your friend in life and anything is possible.'' You might be able to do some things yourself without God but with His help, no obstacle is insurmountable. Mountains can be conquered, strength can be replenished and the unobtainable becomes within reach. Believe…keep on believing in God even in the midst of great adversity. Sometimes that's all it takes…having Faith in Him.
Today God says: I believe you can lose weight. The question is: Do you believe in yourself…that you can do it? When you have answered that satisfactorily, then you will lose and achieve your desired weight. Good luck to you.
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