I’ve been asked a lot what “my secret” is. How on earth have I done this? How have I lost this weight? Umm...I don’t have a secret. I don’t even have a secret weapon. I thought maybe Zach and Janelle would be my secret weapon, but I tell everyone about them and I tell everyone with questions to go see them!
As of late, here’s how conversations go:
Random friend or person I know (RFOPIK), “Wow, you look awesome. What have you been doing? What is your secret?”
Me, “I eat on a meal plan and I go to the gym...a lot.”
RFOPIK, “Wow. I wish I had the time to do that. So you don’t do anything special?”
Me, “If I have the time to go to the gym, anyone does. You just have to make it part of your day. You have to make it like work or a meeting or doctors appointment. I have to tell people that I’m busy when I’m at the gym. I won’t make plans for anything if it’s a regular gym time. I don’t do anything special. I count calories and eat every three hours. I don’t drink like I used to.”
RFOPIK, “That sounds like a lot. I just don’t know if I could do all of that.”
Me, “Well, I’m tired of being fat and it is a lot of work, but it’s worth it. The longer I do this the easier it gets. It does take dedication, because some days it takes everything in me to drag my ass to the gym. Some days I just want to sit on my ass and drink, but I don’t want to go back to where I was. I guess that’s my secret; I’m tired of being fat.”
I think people want me to tell them that I found a magic, quick fix for being overweight. I wish I had too, but since I know Harry Potter and Hogwarts don’t exist I’ve had to do it the old fashioned way and just put in the hard work. I know that upsets a lot of people to know that they are just going to have to do the hard work, but it’s true.