Snakes and Ladders

Earlier this week I posted a transformation picture on my new health Instagram and it really boosted my motivation and self-esteem to carry on and persevere with my weight loss journey.

This is something I’ve battled with for over 2 years now, and I’m not going to lie, there are days, weeks, even months where I just lose motivation completely. I get sick and tired of trying and trying and achieving nothing, that I get very close to giving up completely.


Left: Feb 2016, Right: Jan 2017

A couple of weeks ago I was going through these very same feelings, and just last week I got so far off track, I couldn’t even see it anymore! I felt so ashamed of myself and so disappointed in myself that I literally ended up just crying myself to sleep one night.

But you know what?

The very next morning I got up and got myself to the gym.

Now I’m not saying that one workout will outdo all the crappy food you’ve eaten that week, but I do find that a workout can help to reignite your spark again; it can remind you of what you’re working towards, and what your goals are. Instead of spending the rest of the week crying myself to sleep, I decided to accept that week as a bad one, and moved on.

This is where this little quote comes in. When I was feeling particularly down about my weight loss journey, or lack of, I decided to really open up about it to Angus, and this is what he said.

life is like a game of snakes and ladders.png

He told me that weight loss, and actually anything in life, was a just like a game of snakes and ladders. You might fall down, but you always get back up again, and eventually you will end up where you want to be. You have to go through the motions; you might fall down a few snakes but if you climb the ladders at every opportunity, you will succeed.

I often think I’m back to where I started, but Angus reminded me that I’m nowhere near. And this is why I posted this transformation picture; to remind myself, and others, that despite all the falls, I have come a long way, and that is never going to change.

This week I am determined to succeed, not just in health and fitness, but in life. I’ve had a couple of bad weeks, with food choices, with my emotions, and with my illness. But I will not be defeated.

I refuse to be defeated.

Amy xxx (1)

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