Beyond Success Stories: Finding the Inspiration You Need to Lose Weight

Someone once asked me if it was more impressive to lose 200 pounds than 20 pounds.

It sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? I mean, it’s easy to go with the big numbers. That’s what makes extreme weight loss shows so popular…

TONY LOST 225 POUNDS!!! WOW!!!

Most people are amazed by 100-pounds weight loss stories. Talk shows always wait until the end to talk about the woman who lost 200 pounds.

In fact, most people read my writing because of my “impressive” weight loss.

But truly, any weight loss is impressive. It’s not about how much weight you lose, but where you mind is at. I’m inspired every day by people who lose weight. Any weight.

Why Didn’t I Listen?

Some people who have lost a lot of weight don’t get it. I think there are people who lost 15 pounds who are inspirational in weight loss. They took care of it before it became an issue. They never let themselves get to 420 pounds like I did.

I should have never weighed 420 pounds.

How did I let myself go? Why didn’t I listen to the cries of my wife? When my life was getting away from me, why did I keep telling myself tomorrow?

Sometimes, I think about it.

Education Didn’t Help Me

Funny thing is, I know as much about weight loss now as I did at 420 pounds. I had read every book out there on weight loss and healthy living. All the “weight loss secrets” are things I knew back then. People think that overweight people don’t know how to lose weight. But I did.

I knew. But I didn’t do anything about my weight for so long. I gained 50 pounds after I realized I was not able to tie my shoes. I gained 100 pounds after I trying and failing to fit into my size 50 pants.

I knew how to lose weight, but never put it to action.

Make the Commitment

So, what did it take to lose weight?

I needed to find my inner strength, instead of looking at my flaws in the mirror. I needed to ask myself, “How bad do I want to live?”

It was telling myself that I HAD to do something now. It was saying no to eating like a pig because it was a special day. It was telling myself I could do it. It was ignoring the people laughing at the 400 pound man eating a salad.

It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible.

Leave it Behind But Never Forget

Not being able to walk properly was hard. Sweating for no reason was hard. Going to work with holes in my pants because I couldn’t get another pair my size was hard.

That’s why I’ll always remember the past. But I’ll never again live it.

This month marks my three year anniversary when I made the decision. The decision to lose weight. Saying I lost 200 pounds is a great tool for followers or to have people listen to what I have to say.

More important than that, I finally get it.

Losing weight is great! I’m happy. I’ll never have my life taken away from me.

And I’ll always think every weight loss is an inspiration.

Tony Posnanski is a renowned blogger, chef, and Anytime Fitness member. Tony was once 400 pounds but has lost 200 pounds. He writes about weight loss, fitness, motivation and more on his blog The Anti Jared and you can follow him on Twitter: @theantijared.

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Tony Posnanski is a renowned blogger, chef, and Anytime Fitness member. Tony was once 400 pounds but has lost 200 pounds. He writes about weight loss, fitness, motivation and more on his blog The Anti Jared.