John is a member of my Low Carb Challenge Group and he is constantly amazing us with inspiring pictures & weight loss motivation with his posts in the group! He gave me permission to share his “before and after weight loss” photo with you here, along with a recent story of “falling off the wagon”…
John has been eating low carb for 7 years now, and has kept the 180 pounds off, give or take a 10 pound fluctuation. Amazing transformation, right?! 😀 Wow!!
If those inspiring pictures don’t seriously motivate you, you might need to put your glasses on. 😉 Imagine how much it has changed his life to lose almost 200 pounds, and totally change his appearance (and his health!) like he has. I’d bet he feels FABULOUS, is super proud of his achievement, and is very happy with himself!
As you know, I just returned from a “Low Carb Road Trip” and talked about staying healthy while on vacation. John recently returned from vacation too, so his latest post was perfect timing – and I’m glad he’s letting me share it with you. Here’s what he had to say:
It’s been two weeks since I posted. I have been on vacation. Needless to say I ate, by choice, a LOT of carbs. Part of the vacation was to visit as many “Diners Drive-ins and Dives” restaurants we could while in certain cities.
What I have noticed happens to me when I get off the low carb way of eating is the following…
– I hate myself because I feel sick and my body works twice as hard to digest “carbs” since it’s been so long since it had to deal with so much at one time.
– After eating outside of my comfort zone with carbs I fall into a depression (yes even after keeping my weight off for 7 years it still happens)
– I start to feel sorry for myself and want to comfort the depression and the only thing my body wants to make it feel better is to eat more carbs
– I eat carbs and feel sick again and then get depressed and over and over and over it goes.
It’s so important for all of us to take CONTROL of our minds and body or they will take control of us. After keeping my weight off for 7 years I still see how EASY it is to fall into that cycle and before you know it you’re up 10-20-30-100 lbs and ask how did it happen!?!?
Today’s motivation. Control your cravings or your cravings will control you.
Back on my low carb lifestyle. 😉 Hope you guys have a blessed day!!!
John also commented: “It’s all about choosing to keep going or stay down and I choose to GO, even if I stumble. (this was a voluntary stumble, I wanted to eat at those restaurants).
“Another reminder to everyone, this WOE and pretty much ANYTHING in life, is 10% knowledge and 90% action. We all have the knowledge, we must put it into action to make it count.” -John
I hope you enjoyed his inspiring pictures of weight loss, before and after, and his story/advice as much as I did. I can relate to so much of what he said in that post myself, and I know you probably can as well.
Eating “junk” is just NOT worth it. Even if you only fluctuate a few pounds when you “cheat”, and you’re willing to do the work to get back on track, it takes a toll on you mentally and emotionally too – as John pointed out. That’s just not a “head space” I enjoy. None of us do. So why do we sabotage ourselves?! Good question. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that…
A big THANK YOU to John for the share – that’s serious weight loss motivation!
Don’t you agree? 😀
If you’re not a member of the Low Carb Challenge Group yet, you should join us! There’s a lot of inspiring pictures, weight loss stories, motivation, meal ideas, support & accountability – and it’s just an overall FUN group to “low carb” with. 😉