Let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who grew up in an Italian family. Her mother was a very good cook, and the little girl loved to eat. While she ate many healthy foods, she ate too much of them. Sometimes she even ate unhealthy foods, and ate too much of those as well. When this girl grew up into a young adult, she was overweight by a significant amount.
One day this young woman became sick of herself and joined a weight loss community website where she tracked her food. The woman began counting calories, working out, and slimmed down quite a lot. She put herself into the best shape she had ever been in. Through this website, the young woman fell in love with a young man in a similar situation. Unfortunately (at first) this young man lived about 3,000 miles away from her, across the country in a very different land from her home. However, young love is tough to keep apart, and the two started a long-distance relationship over the course of nine months.
Alas, as all long-distance relationships do, it came down to the young woman leaving her family for the strange and unknown land of a very large and mostly conservative state in the south of the country; or the young man leaving his for the wonderful, magical land of New Jersey. Neither young person would move for the other, and so the relationship ended.
At first this was a major tragedy for the young woman. She had recently found out she did not get what she thought was the job of her dreams, and she lost who she thought was the love of her life.
(Of course we all know that the universe works in mysterious ways, and both worked out for the better, as now the young woman has both the true job of her dreams and the true love of her life. But those are different tales).
Because the young woman was devastated from these setbacks, she stopped being so rigid in her routines and meal plans. Soon she met a new love interest, and due to dating stopped going to the gym as regularly. Over time, she rebelled against her former stringent diet and began to eat however she felt again. She let herself get wrapped up in that hedonistic way of life, and she gained back just about all of the weight that she had lost.
Now that young woman hates getting dressed in the morning because her clothes do not fit the way they should. She hates seeing pictures of herself because she realizes just how much she let herself go. She hates doing physical activity around other people, because she sees just how out of shape she has become.
Once again the time has come for the young woman to take back control of her life. Now that she and her love have moved into a home together, and she is responsible for cooking meals, it is easier to make healthy dishes to enjoy. She has started fresh on her fitness/weight loss community website, and is starting to track her food and exercise again. She is ready to join a gym and looks forward to losing weight and growing back muscle tone, and just being happy with herself again.
Perhaps you are interested in joining her along her journey. Perhaps you have a similar story to this young woman. Perhaps you just want to offer some words of support and encouragement. She would like that. You can find her on myfitnesspal.com under the username niennie.
Funny, this young woman began her blog on wordpress in hopes she would use it to write about losing weight, healthy recipes, and the like… but that didn’t seem to come to fruition (yet).