Believe It, Be It

Below, are quotes from the autobiography Believe It, Be It. It’s a weight loss book written by the winner of Season Five – The Biggest Loser, Alison Vincent. I read this book about one year ago and it was such a good read, I finished it in one day.

As I am consumed and obsessed with my weight, especially lately – I wanted to re-read the book and underline the parts that speak to me. A lot of it is concerned with low self-esteem, which I fall victim of, too.I have put the quotes most applicable and meaningful to me, in bold.  I hope these inspire you.

– “By shedding those pounds and by confronting the emotional issues that had led me to my weight gain, I had also won a whole new life. One that felt open and full of hope, almost newly born. I know everyone deserves that feeling”

– “I began to dream big, get healthy and allow myself to start thinking Why not me?”

– “Always know where they were going so that they could get there and achieve their goals”

– “The only battle to win is the battle within, that place where we realize that we deserve to have and create all that we want in our lives”

– “I was afraid they would be able to see how bad I felt about myself. I didn’t like myself and I didn’t have the courage to admit it to myself.”

– “Behind weight gain are the larger hurts and questions that have to be explored, probed and understood before weight loss and maintenance is a possibility,”

– “I certainly know the pain, deprivation and insecurity that comes with a life of obesity.”

– “My fat protected me and gave me a reason for people to leaving me. Because, otherwise, why would they go? What was so bad about me? The fat gave a reason – it justified my feelings of loneliness.”

– “Who are we really excusing when we excuse ourselves?”

– “Making excuses is not going to get me any closer to my goals.”

– “If you’re going to get healthy, you’re going to have to take care of yourself. And that means saying no to some requests for your time and attention – time and attention you may need to devote to planning, grocery shopping, cooking, working out or resting.”

– “Don’t surround yourself with people whose opinions make you feel bad about yourself.”

– “As I hit my teen years I starting acting out. I drank, I hung out with a faster crowd. I was becoming a woman who didn’t value her body.”

– “The power to succeed or fail was up to me and only me.”

– “In order to have any chance of success, I’ve learned that you have to accept yourself and let go of the past failures that have been holding you back.”

– “Others have been spending so much time and energy taking care of others that they haven’t been taking care of themselves.”

– “I was starting to feel uncomfortable in my own skin.”

– “I unconsciously tried to fill voids in my life with food. It’s not easy breaking down the walls that have protected us from life but those walls have also stopped us from living the lives we truly want.”

– “I wanted fast and easy but then remembered that fast and easy is what got me to 234 pounds.”

-“Fat girls don’t have their picture taken. I hadn’t documented my life because I didn’t want to look at it.”

“My heart wasn’t really into it – they wanted it for me more than I wanted it for me. I knew I was miserable and miserable to be around.”

– “When you don’t set goals you deny yourself the opportunity to succeed and celebrate. It is important to set realistic goals for yourself and rejoice when you achieve them.”

“Share your excitement for change among your family and friends. That’s how you can really bring about change in your life – by getting everyone to understand your dreams and goals.”

– “I was really ready. For a long time, I had been afraid of failing – but now, I was tired of being afraid, tired of feeling like a loser.”

– “It’s a familiar process for anyone who wants to lose weight  -I’m going to eat whatever I want until I start my diet. I didn’t understand the process of healthy people, that you can eat the foods you want as long as you do so in moderation.”

– “It starts when you tell the truth that you’re not happy with where you are in your life and admit you want to do something different.”

– “Using the resistance of your own body weight is enough to get results – squats, lunges etc”

– “What we needed to eat – mainly veggies, fruit, protein, whole grains, and low fat dairy.”

– “I could do whatever I put my mind to.”

– “One of the most challenging parts of weight loss: knowing that in order to truly give to others, you have to give to yourself first.”

– “For the first time in my life, I was giving myself a break.”

– “I was right back in the same environment where the old Ali had been so stuck and so unhappy.”

– “I needed to remove myself from situations that weren’t going to be able to change with me.”

– “I needed to understand that taking care of me wasn’t selfish.

– “I ate within half an hour of waking up. Then I would eat every 3-4 hours after that.”

– “I was trying to change everything about myself at once – my living situation, my meals,my sleeping schedule, my working schedule. I was burning the candle at both ends.

– “I learned to listen to my body and understand when it needed rest.”

– “I find that if you have some way of tracking your calories, then weight loss and maintenance becomes a mathematical equation.”

– “I think about what I am going to be doing after I eat. I try and think of food as fuel.”

– “Think of ways to make exercise fun. If the thought of gym fills you with dread then go outside and take a walk instead.”

– “I didn’t go out every weekend. I didn’t drink alcohol. Different kinds of social environments.”

– “I just focused on what I could control and did my best.”

– I learned to dream again and how to celebrate me.”

– “I found myself noticing everything around me – the trees, squirrels and the rocks underneath my feet. I felt like I was part of the world again.”

– “Make regular dates with your scale. Once a week at the same time of the day and wearing the same types of clothing.”

– I love my shoulders and my collarbone. I love my arms and the fact that I’m not afraid to show them anymore. I love that I don’t have to think about whether something has sleeves.”

– “I had to find some balance and be okay with the calm moments in my life.”

– “I had to take the time to get focused on what I wanted to do.”

– “And that’s a huge departure from how I was thinking about life just a year ago.”

– “When did it become okay to give your time to everyone but yourself? Ask yourself what you need in order to live a happy life.”

– “Big, sweeping life changes really boil down to small, everyday decisions.

– “You have to embrace the actions that are going to get you closer to your goal. You’re going to have to buckle down and do some hard work – but think about where it’s going to take you.”

“Remember, when weight loss becomes a goal in your life – eating right and exercising are just two pieces of the puzzle.”

“How you feel about yourself is reflected in your body.”

– “Finding people you can talk to, who will listen to you and advice you without judgement, is key.”

– “I still keep a food journal in my handbag. That’s the reality. This is the rest of my life.”

– “I was always the aunt with the cool handbags and make up, but now I’m also the aunt with the great fitting designer jeans.”

– “Today, I feel beautiful, I feel strong. I feel confident.”

– “Part of the problem was that I wasn’t proud of myself. I was just existing.”

– “Start showing up for life.”

– “I wasn’t able to admit that I wasn’t in a relationship and I really just wanted to love and be loved.

– “Start picturing what you want your future to look like.”

– “The important thing is to remember that this is a process; it’s not about perfection.”

– “Eating won’t solve anything.”

– “There’s always been a light inside me that I just let dim over the years through the layers of fat.”

– “When you think about having to lose 100 pounds it feels like you have to climb CamelBack mountain – but you can do it, just break it down and take it one step at a time.”

– “Since I beat myself up for gaining pounds, I was going to feel good about losing them.”

– “Feeling judged by those around them when they ate. When you feel scrutinized like that you start sneaking food. You eat in secret to avoid other people’s stares. You’re not in the open, and it feels disgusting and wrong. The act of eating is about nourishing your body – it should never feel like that.”

– “My smiles weren’t sincere.”

– “I felt bad about myself and removed myself from life.”

“I was scared of being turned down.”

– “I understand that I am not responsible for all the unpleasant things that happen in my life.”

– “Just because we’ve experienced pain in our lives – sometimes at the hand of one another – that doesn’t mean it has to define who we are moving forward. We have the opportunity to choose again every day and make decisions we can be proud of.”

– “Over time, you’ll figure out what motivates you and you’ll find reasons for putting in the hard work required to make changes in your life.”

– I want to honour my parents and my family by honouring myself.”

– “I want to believe in good again.”


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