7 Baby Steps to Losing Weight

Several months ago, I stumbled upon this comment on reddit:

One of the most helpful things I read in my own person weight loss journey was something like “it took you ___ years to reach your current weight, it’s okay if it takes you a long time to take it back off.” Rather than try and overhaul your entire diet in one fell swoop, take small steps and be proud of yourself for achieving them. You have a lot of habits to unlearn, be patient with yourself! Below are some steps you might take, choose any order, just remember anything you do is a positive change.

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S/he then listed seven of these easy steps, which can be better seen as an infographic below:

“Seven steps to losing weight.” Infographic by onegodoneloveoneway from imgur.

While this inspired me the first time I saw it, unfortunately it did not motivate me enough to take action. But last Monday, while I was looking through my old drafts to find something to write about, I stumbled upon this comment again. In order to feel inspired once more, I decided to visit the same page and reread through everything. This time, however, what inspired me to take action was not just the comment itself but the actual post that the said comment was made for.

The post was titled, “How do I power through the pain while morbidly obese?” in which the OP (short for original poster) asked how s/he can stay motivated to lose weight while being morbidly obese and having arthritis. I may not have arthritis, but I am considered (according to my body mass index) morbidly obese, and one of the major reasons I tend to give up after every attempt to lose weight is because I still feel miserable about myself even after putting a lot of effort.

Losing weight may be easy, but motivating yourself every day can be really difficult, and this is quite hard to explain to people who have never been obese, but I will still try to.

The “Fat” Life

While I may not have a painful condition such as arthritis, I do feel the effects of being morbidly obese and they are uncomfortable. Even though these discomforts are small things and seem insignificant, they still cause a harmful effect on my quality of life.

One of them is difficulty in breathing. I think I have almost gotten used to it that I barely notice how hard it is for me to breathe. However, there are times when I heave a deep sigh. This does not always mean I feel depressed or whatever, but because when I inhale normally my chest and tummy feel tight and air doesn’t seem to get to my lungs.

Second is the bloated feeling especially after breakfast. I feel heavy and all my clothes feel tight when I put them on, but as the day goes by I feel comfortable in my clothes.

The third is, of course, my looks, or better yet, how I look in pictures. What I see in the mirror looks fine, but when in pictures I have this whole other shape that I do not recognize at all. Is there such a medical condition to explain this? Because my friends love to take pictures and I take selfies to send to Jacob every day, I learned how to pose in such a way that I won’t look as fat. However, that is not enough.

I want to look and feel pretty. I want to be more comfortable when I sit or when I walk long distances. I want to stop being a target of my coworkers’ fat jokes. I have been wanting all of these for so long, but what’s stopping me?

Fear, probably, of failing again, and not being able to get back up; of other people noticing and what their reactions would be; of working hard and not being satisfied with the results that I’ll give up again.

However, my want is a little greater than my fear, and I think that following these seven baby steps will help me get what I want without making a change radical enough for anyone else to notice. With other programs I did before, I lost 2 to 5 lbs. a week, which can be obvious to many. But with these small, but habit-building actions, I could achieve my goal of losing weight and feeling and looking better slowly but surely.

What’s next after publishing this post?

Step one, of course. I have been off soda for a long time now (okay, I drink one occasionally, but still) and I put less sugar in my coffee,  and request for non-fat milk, no whipped cream in my occasional Starbucks order. My real challenge for this is to quit juice and just switch to water. I will also aim for drinking at least 8 cups of water a day since I noticed I drink less now. To possibly curb my cravings for juice drinks, I will add lemon and cucumber slices to my water, but I have never done it before so we will see how it works.

Aside from taking small steps to eating healthier, I have also started working out again. Today, I walked 3.5 kilometers, which is a lot for me since I haven’t done that in so long. I will try to do this when I don’t have work, and on the days that I do work I will make do with spending at least 15 minutes on the stationary bike. Wish me luck!

Have you tried quitting soda or fruit juice, and were you successful? If yes, how did you manage to do it? If not, where do you think did you fail?

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7 thoughts on “7 Baby Steps to Losing Weight

  1. I am happy to see you publishing again :). And yeah, losing weight is never easy (I know first hand) but the end result is worth it. I never read the original post but I actually practice all the above 7 steps now. The hardest for me was to quit soda. I had a sweet tooth and could take 3-4 sodas in a day. But now, I barely take sugar and my coffee is black with a Little milk.
    I don’t support abrupt quitting of junks and ‘sugar’ completely because it’s harder to maintain. But reducing it bits by bits maybe from 3 spoons of sugar to two. And as for working out, find the method that suits you the most.
    Good luck on your journey. Really looking forward to more posts from you.

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    1. Thank you so much, kaygy!

      Yeah, I felt bad for not publishing anything in the last two weeks. This post is actually two weeks in the making–I was supposed to publish it last Saturday, but I got distracted by a video game, haha. I’m still working on disciplining myself to write at least half an hour every day, so I should be publishing at least once a week.

      Thank you for sharing as well, and I’m glad you’ve been practicing those. And I agree with reducing sugar consumption bit by bit. I’m not good at quitting anything cold turkey or doing something at full blast so I’m hoping to stick more easily with these 7 steps.

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  2. I have RA (with all the limitations and consequences of having the condition) and at my age I put on weight by just looking at a glass of water. And yes I don’t recognize myself in pictures anymore. Yesterday I was by the specialist because I cannot keep any food inside for 3 weeks now (ulcer) when she was taking blood samples out of nowhere she told me that I look a lot younger than my age because she thought I was barely thirty. It supposed to cherish me but it didn’t. Instead I thought: If you have seen me then- are you serious- yes, I might look young to you but not to me and that is what counts. Bloating… if i eat something wrong (these days everything is wrong) my belly looks like I am 8 months pregnant and it can go on for days.

    I can go on and on about this topic but I better stop here.

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  3. Yep, right there with ya. I have Lupus (similar symptoms to impossiblebebong), and sugar is my kryptonite (but also my addiction). In college, I managed to give up white sugar for a semester and dropped 20 lbs in less than 6 months (without changing anything else about diet or exercise). Now, it’s harder (especially since the way my kids show true love is by sharing their most precious possession…their candy). :) I’ve started thanking them and putting it in my pocket “for later,” and then I forget about it.

    One thing that worked for me–I can’t (won’t?) give up ice cream, so I just avoid one thing at a time, for instance, anything strawberry-flavored. Then, if dessert is strawberry pie, I say no thanks, but mollify myself with, “I can eat ice cream later.” Usually, “later” never comes. I’m slowly adding flavors I “don’t” eat and that’s easier for me to stick with than “no dessert.” Of course, real fruit is fine.

    Also, I’ve been working on noticing my motivation. For instance, if I see a glazed doughnut with white icing inside (oh. my. goodness.) I immediately want it. But…I know if I hadn’t seen it, I wouldn’t want it. So if I only want something after I see it, I tell myself no (most of the time).

    Trying to drink more water, also, and if I really want something sugary, I try to drink water then wait 15 minutes and see if I still want it. If I’m really craving it, I go ahead, but then take note of how I feel after. (Eat ten white chocolate chips, I still feel pretty good. Eat a handful, feel sick. Is it worth it? Nope.) This is a work in progress, but sometimes I’m able to remember the feeling beforehand and it’s enough to help me avoid the non-healthy food. It applies to non-sweets, too…I just ate a LOT of fried chicken the other day (we went to a fabulous restaurant that has REAL fried chicken). Afterward, pretty gross feeling for almost 24 hours. I’ll be sticking with grilled for a good while.

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    1. Wow, thank you, this is really sound advice! I have never heard of avoiding one thing at a time part, but it makes sense. If I did not give in to my impulses (like wanting to buy cupcakes just because I saw them) I tend to forget about them later on as well.

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