Metzger has been documenting her weight loss journey on social media. The reason she stands out from others who have lost weight is that she is so candid about how difficult and bumpy her weight loss journey was. For Metzger, it wasn’t a smooth transition. She lost weight, gained it all back, then lost it again.
This is why Metzger is so relatable. Much like her, many of us too struggle to start our weight loss journey and continue on it. We often set a meal plan, we schedule our workouts but we can never plan for those moments when we are vulnerable. Moments when we turn to food for comfort and end up bingeing and feeling worse. Metzger knows this too well. In one of her Instagram posts, Metzger shares her struggles and reminds us why at the end of the day, weight loss is not just about the food and the workouts.
Posting a before and after picture of herself, Metzger wrote, “We all want results overnight. We wanna see immediate payoff for our hard work. But unfortunately, that's not the way anything in life works & that includes your journey to becoming healthier.” This is one of the reasons why many of us bring our weight loss journey to a halt because we expect to see the number on the scale move after a few days. We don't realize that we've been giving our body shit for so long and that it needs time to shift and start losing the weight.
If we insist on wanting to see results overnight, then we’re going to be frustrated. And well, frustration only leads to one thing in dieting — yo-yo diets with bad habits like binging and starving. Such behavior will only make it harder for us to lose weight.
Metzger reminds us that weight loss is not a month thing. Especially if you have a significant amount of weight to lose. She continues to write, “This is YEARS of TRYING.” Moreover, it can never be just a diet, rather, it has to be a lifestyle change where we choose to eat well 90 percent of the time and choose to workout because we enjoy it not because we must. Otherwise, we will stop working out past week one.
But there’s more. Even those years will see you going forward as well as backward. “Perfect?” Metzger wrote. “No,” but if you realize that your journey won’t be perfect, you’ll learn to be more accepting and patient. So the next time you fall off the wagon and binge or stop working out, don't beat yourself up, otherwise, you'll never get back on track. Instead, admit that you messed up and try to do better. Only by being kinder to yourself can you make this journey easier.
Your weight loss journey is going to be a challenging one where you will see yourself mess up. But, Metzger wrote, you must always be “determined to get back up and keep pushing forward even after royally fu*king up[.]” It's human and it happens. Even the most successful people have messed up. What will make your journey a successful one is if you keep pushing even after you mess up.
“If losing weight is easy for you, then you can consider yourself lucky. It's not easy for me, never has been & probably never will be,” Metzger continued. Also, don’t compare yourself to those who lose weight easily, if, like Metzger, it’s hard for you to lose weight.
“Learning new habits has been HARD,” Metzger admitted. That’s because it takes us a while to learn a new habit. Some even say we need 21 days of repetition for something to become a habit. So don't expect your body to start shedding weight after two days. It needs almost a month just to get used to the new habits.
Metzger then wrote about her own mistakes, how she moved forward then went back 10 steps. “I lost 100 pounds & gained every single pound back.” So don’t think you’re the only one gaining and losing weight and messing up. This happens. Plus, look at Metzger. Her fit body is a great example of someone who has succeeded, messed up and then, succeeded again.
“Just to find myself at 280 pounds again, feeling hopeless, like I was just 'meant to be fat forever'” Metzger continued. “Trust me, I fed myself excuses to the point I believed what I was saying... I wish I could tell you I had an 'ah-ha' moment to help you find yours, but for me it didn't exist.”
Rather than an ‘aha’ moment, Metzger simply made a choice between living and existing. She wrote, “I just knew that if I wanted to LIVE, like really really LIVE, not just EXIST, something needed to change.” And that’s when things really started to change for her.
Metzger then concluded her caption with the most important thing to remember during any challenge. “Believe in yourself••that's number one. YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO, promise!.” It's never going to be just about the food and the exercise. While these two are important, what will help you succeed is the determination to keep pushing even when you mess up. You do that but being kind to yourself, not by comforting yourself with food, but by acknowledging that you do deserve more than this.