An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants

Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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I Tried To Lose Weight All My Life But Couldn't Shed The Pounds Until I Turned To God

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It's amazing how good it feels to get rid of something that has felt like such a tall barrier in your life for so long. For years, and years, honestly, as many years as I can remember, I have felt held back by my weight. It's something that never truly left my mind, whether it was how I looked in my school uniform skort compared to other girls, how I looked in pictures, the thoughts that raced through my head lying in bed that night, or if what I ordered off the menu would make me look fat. It was always something.

Now I have tried, or so I thought I had. I had tried giving up carbs for two weeks, doing workout videos, or eating healthy, occasionally running, or honestly, anything I thought might help a bit. But there I was after a full year of college, heavier than ever.

It was then that I found my secret ingredient, it was then that I found the ultimate weight-loss secret: Prayer.

I found myself amidst a challenge that I didn't know if I was mentally strong enough to handle, faced against temptations of my wildest food dreams. Canes, pizza, chocolate, ice cream, oh my!

I had never thought once about offering up my prayers to God when it came to my weight. I'm not sure why, honestly. It was something that I had struggled with for so long, that it almost felt normal.

Now, when I feel tempted I ask myself a lot if this is the "abundantly more" that God promises us. If it isn't, then I don't pick it. Strength is a process, just like endurance or habits.

I have learned that by offering up the comparisons I feel at the gym, listening to podcasts while running, or Jesus music while practically swimming in my sweat, I am motivated to keep going, not dragged down by the progress I haven't made. I have learned to thank God for the journey He has taken me on so far, and for giving me the capability to overcome these hurdles.

Jesus Didn't die on the cross and tell us to get our butts out there and make disciples of all the nations just for us to sit and be upset with ourselves and compare ourselves to those tiny pictures on our screens. Let's go, we don't have time for that. We have work to do.

No, I'm not saying that if you pray for Jesus to make you lose 15 pounds, the weight will fall off, but I am saying that through Christ, all things are possible, and with Him by my side, the running doesn't feel as difficult.

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9 Things Girls With Guy Best Friends Will Hear 7 Days A Week, From Them Or Someone Else

"It's 'rona season"


I have multiple best friends, and I love them all so dearly. Each one brings something new into my life and I couldn't survive without them. That being said, I've noticed my guy best friends, in particular, tend to have a list of things surrounding them that I hear on the regular.

From questions about them or things they say all the time, I've collected nine things that occur almost too often in my life.

1. "Is he your boyfriend?" "Are you talking to your boyfriend again?"

No world, he isn't my boyfriend, we're just close. I may claim him as my (fake) boyfriend in a time of need, but no dating here! Thankfully, my guy bffs have rolled with the punches and even turned it into a joke.

2. "This isn't the end of the world, you'll be fine"

I honestly get some of the most sage advice from my guy best friends. They recognize that I feel like everything in my life is exploding and imploding at the same time and know what to say to make it seem less daunting.

3. "I'm so proud of you!"

On top of their advice, they are also some of my biggest cheerleaders and I'm the same for them. We actively want to be involved in celebrating each other's accomplishments, even if we have to celebrate over FaceTime or text.

4. "Did I ask for a roast?"

I don't think a day goes by that we aren't roasting each other. It's almost as if I have brothers with the way we (lovingly) insult each other. We know how to push each other's buttons and bring up things the other one dislikes. Sometimes you just gotta get in a good roast.

5. "Your mom"

Okay, not everything on this list could be nice and supportive or else you'd think I was lying. I hear variations of this one so regularly that I don't think I could even list out all of the options. I hate it, which means that I hear it twice as often. I don't know why this is something that has stuck around after middle school, but I'm ready for it to go.

6. "I know you like to be involved, so listen to what happened the other day"

I love that this gets prefaced with them acknowledging that I want to know what's going on in their lives. Over time they've learned that I want to know everything, including the drama. I might not know the people, but I will happily listen to all of your stories and give my opinion.

7. "You're so predictable"

Going back to the roasting, we know how to push each other's buttons. When you're close you tend to know how someone will react and can easily get that reaction out of them. I still haven't managed to resist hating on their words or phrases that are terrible, and they know that and love to use them and then hit me with this line.

8. "The real bros know they're bros"

Honestly, I don't even know what to say here. I do hear this, or variations of this, more often that I feel like I should. I've even had an argument debating if someone is a bro or not (they weren't). But apparently, if you know, you know *eye roll*.

9. "It's a full send and it's 'rona season"

For those of you who don't know, a full send is basically going all out on something and 'rona season refers to Coronas. Yeah, I was forced to figure that out on my own. But I guess it wasn't too hard, considering they're used basically all of the time. I don't know what it is about Coronas that makes guys dedicate a full season to them, but there's something.

So be on the lookout for what your guy best friends have to say to you. Be careful, though, you might end up picking up on some of their lingo as well. I know I hundo p have.

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