I often tell people weight loss is the not the hardest thing I have ever done but at the same time its not the easiest. We all know the steps we need to take to lose the weight right?
We gotta eat right, work out, create calorie deficits, drink enough water, get enough sleep and so on.
Thats the easy part! Execution is where it gets hard. If you had nothing to do all day, didn't need to work, had no worries then yeah you could do all the things I stated above and you would lose the weight. Most of us don't have that luxury, life gets in the way. But that doesn't mean it cant be done.
I'll give you an example: In May of 2009 I was laid off from what I thought what my dream job. The economy was in state of panic and I worked in an industry that was one of the hardest hit. I knew for a fact I would not find a job for a extended period of time. That's also when I decided to lose the weight and I started do everything that I needed to do. I signed up for a gym, starting working out, hired a RD to help me with my food, got enough sleep. I practically lived to work out and it showed, I dropped 80 lbs like it was nothing.
Eventually I found a job and after being free to spend my days as I pleased for a year and a half I found myself back to a state of reality. Back to a 50 hour work week, deadlines, projects, meetings, blah blah blah (Don't get me wrong, I love what I do). I found myself trying to find that balance between my professional job and my weight loss job, yes you read that correctly I do consider weight loss a second job. Its taken me a long time to find balance and I feel that I am getting closer to it but its VERY hard work.
This is what my typical schedule looks like at the moment:
5:15 am: Wake up, pack gym bag, get dressed, make protein shake.
6:00 am: Arrive at gym, workouts usually last an hour.
7:15 am: Shower at gym, get dressed, etc.
8:00 am: Get to Work
6:00 pm: Leave Work
6:20 pm: Get Home
7:00 pm: Start prep for the next day. Make breakfast, Lunch, 2 Snacks for the next day the night before.
7:30 pm: Cook Dinner and Eat
8:00 pm: Clean all the dishes
9:30 pm: I try to be in bed, this usually ends up being 10 pm.
This is what I do Monday through Friday and its hard, to me at least. I mean there is a lot of little things I must do to make sure I have all my food with me at work the next day. If I don't get to bed on time I can forget about waking up for my workouts. I really have to disciplined about all of this and I dont have alot of room for error. On a side note I truly now appreciate what parents go through, especially ones who work. I couldn't even imagine doing what I have to do everyday with a couple of kids thrown into the mix.
I'll be honest with you since I started working again in August of 2010 I haven't lost a lot of weight, truthfully I have lingered around the 400 - 420 mark since then. Its taken me awhile to find balance, way longer than I expected but life is such.
This all leads me back to what I said in the beginning, weight loss isn't the hardest thing I have done in my life and at the same time it isn't the easiest. It takes a lot of discipline, planning, and preparation.
Everyone should know that they can do it. Everyone should also know that not everyone will do it. You have to want it. Not your for your wife, not for your child, not for your parents..... for YOU. I want you to think about that. Do you really want it ? Or do you think you want it?