Guest blogger, Pandora Williams presents her 5th Blog for us today! Pandora is dedicated to helping pre and post operative bariatric patients find a healthy balance in life to reach and maintain weight loss goals while battling obesity. After having bariatric surgery and losing 260 pounds, Pandora has become a Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, Motivational Speaker and a Marathon Runner! Be sure to check out her previous blog posts if haven’t read them!
I often get asked what keeps me motivated to stay fit.
There are a few easy answers to this question for me personally. My weight loss journey included me losing about 200 pounds in my twenties thanks to low carb dieting, and I say dieting because I think diet is a 4-letter word.
Diets fail people because diets are our temporary solution to a long term disease. We go on diets to lose weight and then we stop the diet and stop the behavior changes that achieved that weight loss and typically we go back to whatever our “normal” was before that diet and what do we end up doing?
Gaining our weight back. In my case, I gained back every pound and had to start all over again.
That regain often keeps me accountable and motivated. I know that I can regain the weight, I have done it before. Therefore I also know that for me to maintain my weight I need to maintain the behavior changes that I implemented in order to lose the weight and for me that means making sure I get my exercise in.
The next obvious answer is that my Father motivates me to stay fit.
I lost my Father before I had finished losing all of my weight and he was pretty much the champion of my weight loss journey.