Is It Really Difficult?

Often people ask me, “Is your new healthy lifestyle hard?” Or I hear them say, “Glad you’ve done well, but for me losing weight is just too hard to do.”

Often people ask me, “Is your new healthy lifestyle hard?” Or I hear them say, “Glad you’ve done well, but for me losing weight is just too hard to do.”


To answer the first question, I would have to say, it definitely was not a walk in the park initially. There are multiple steps to weight loss.



First, you deal with emotional changes. There are feelings of guilt, shame and anger. Then you move on to mental changes. As I first said on the show, “I had to get my head in the game.” I had to dedicate myself to the commitment to do this, and I had to believe that I could do this. I also had to tell myself that I deserved this and was worth it.


Lastly, it was time to make physical changes. The journey of transforming my body was about to begin. This part was going to be a challenge. It was time to get moving, time to start moving and forming muscles. It was time to start putting one foot in front of the other on my daily quest for 10,000 steps. 


I know it sounds hard, and I do not want to discourage anyone. I just want readers to know that there is a process to losing weight and getting healthy. I liken losing weight to learning how to ride a bicycle. At one point or another we all had to take the training wheels off. Do you remember what it felt like when that bicycle wobbled underneath you without the support of the training wheels? Do you remember being afraid you were going to fall, and that awful unbalanced feeling?


Whoever it was that taught you how to ride that bicycle held onto to it for added support and talked you through the process. For me, that person was my father. He took the training wheels off and announced that “Today will be the day you ride on two wheels!” I was scared and thought my Dad had gone nuts! Sure enough, he held onto the bicycle and instructed me on what to do, and reassured me that he was there and I would not fall. I tried to balance myself and pedal at the same time. Let’s just say it took a few days before I was a professional.


When you make the initial decision to attain a healthy lifestyle, it may seem unsteady at first and will require a lot of effort. There will be a few bumps in the road and you may fall off a few times. The key is to get back up and keep on pedaling, or in this case keep on stepping. The level of difficulty will ease up if you remain consistent with your plan.


I would love to hear from you. Email me at stacyryoudocs@gmail.com.

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This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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