Confessions of a Former Skinny Girl

Beauty

I have gained weight. Phew! There… I said it.

I’m sharing this with you because I feel you can relate. Do you know what I mean when I say… “in my head it didn’t seem that bad until I saw myself in a full length mirror.” Yeah.

I finally realized it was time to break up with queso dip. And then some.

Sometimes we can slip into unhealthy habits without realizing it. Suddenly you’ve gained 10 pounds from stress eating and none of your cute clothes fit. It’s devastating and embarrassing.

True confession time… it’s been a difficult year and I’ve slipped on watching what I eat. Jon and I have gone through a roller-coaster of trials, challenges, pain, loss and struggle. My waistline is now a reflection of that. As a health and wellness advocate, I’m disappointed in myself.

Let’s be honest though… as women it’s almost normal for our weight to yo-yo through our 20’s and 30’s. But it’s not JUST about eating right, as I’ve discovered – especially as we get older. It’s also about getting off the couch and moving.

This is me… in attempt to take some accountability for mistakes I’ve made in regards to my personal health. Thankfully I have amazing friends in my life to help inspire me to get back on the road toward fitness. I’m hoping this gives you a little inspiration and to let you know that you aren’t alone in your struggle with weight. Really.

Some days are easier than others when it comes to pain though – which can effect my motivation to exercise. There are a lot of tricks for finding the motivation but unfortunately that doesn’t always work for me.

2 years ago, I started the Biggest Loser workout challenge and lost 10 pounds! It was amazing and my body felt great.

So why don’t I get off my butt and exercise if it seemed to help? There are days I can push myself and others that it’s just not possible. This is not an excuse, it’s a reality.

I’ve prayed. I’ve tried light workouts. I’ve done what I can. Sometimes the energy just isn’t there.

If you also suffer from Fibromyalgia, Endo, or other chronic pain issues… find the good days and run with them. Literally. The more we exercise, the more good days we will have.

Let us encourage each other. Let us strive to be healthy and happy in our endeavors.

Set a small goal first. Achieve it and set another goal.

We can do this! Who’s with me?

Copyright 2013 Words By Mara. All Rights Reserved.
* Original artwork created by Mara Rose.

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8 thoughts on “Confessions of a Former Skinny Girl

  1. This is an excellent post Mara, not just about weight-loss and eating healthy but how our motivation, stress, self-esteem and health issues can all become obstacles. I like how you mentioned friends support because all too often we think we have to hide and do this on our own. Having lost 30 pounds a few years ago I know it’s a constant pressure to hold over yourself. Being reminded we are blessed with friends (and bloggers like you) and God’s faithfulness not only keeps us focused but offers comfort even when we fail according to ourselves.

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    • Mike, thank you so very much for this comment. I’m inspired and comforted knowing that we aren’t alone in our struggles. You’ve done well in your weight loss goals – congrats! Thank you for sharing. God bless you! 🙂

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  2. Ya know, Mara, I have to say that I did not have chronic pain when I was young. And I LOVED to exercise!! Me and my Nordic Trac were best buddies!! But as I got older, I started to slow down, and began to have pain. And I have to admit, I wasn’t so faithful about exercising. I knew what it was like to have “bad pain days.” But now that I’m in a wheelchair and can’t get up, I would give ANYTHING to get up, and attempt to exercise, no matter how slowly and gingerly!!! Ladies, I encourage you to do SOMETHING, even on the bad pain days!! On good days, do enough to get sore muscles, and on the not-so-good-days, just think about not being able to move at all, and P-U-S-H. USE IT BEFORE YOU LOSE IT!!!

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  3. YOUR AUNT DONNA IS ALWAYS WITH YOU, AND SURE CAN RELATE TO THE PAIN ISSUES; ESPECIALLY SINCE, I’M ALMOST 65. MY BIGGEST PROBLEM IS MY FEET; BUT I’M GOING TO TRY & GO BACK TO MY RIDING MY EXERCISE BIKE, EVEN IF IT’S 2 MI. A DAY; IT’S A START!! THANKS FOR ENCOURAGEMENT, LUV U, AUNT DONNA PS. I USE TO ENJOY JUST DANCING TO MUSIC CD’S IN THE BEDRM. IN THE AM; CAN’T WITH BAD FEET.

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  4. Hey, Mara. I am weigh you also. Aunt support can help right? I know the stress aspect. So we can help each other starting today!

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  5. I meant with you! Not weigh you! Too funny. Hang in there. Everyone struggles with something. It would be wonderful if we could see ourselves the way Jehovah sees us. I am sure we would not beat up on ourselves so much if we were as merciful in our views.

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  6. Mara, I feel your struggle and your pain…literally. It’s not Fibro that affects my to exercise, it’s chronic pain from scar tissue I’m my for that never properly healed, thrombosis in my legs, and osteoarthritis in both knees.
    I’ve determined that God was distracted when He was creating my lower body 😉

    I started a quest last May to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthay at the end of January, becoming #FitBy50. In 6 months, I lost a pathetic 12 pounds, and in the last 2 weeks, I’ve gained 3 of it back. 😦

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