I know how it feels to cry uncontrollably because you are that unhappy with your body.
I know how it feels to scour the back of the clothes rack, only to realize the biggest size they carry in store doesn't fit you.
I know what it's like to feel defeated in the dressing room.
I know how it feels to grab the XL thinking it will be too big and come to find out, it's actually too small.
I know how it feels to sit down and pull at your shirt to try and hide your rolls.
I know what it's like to pour yourself into your jeans.
I know how it feels when the buttons from those jeans cut into your skin and leave painful marks.
I know what it's like to stand in your closet full of clothes that are all too small wondering what you're going to wear that day.
I know all about not owning a scale to "avoid the truth."
I know what it's like to change over and over every day before you finally find something that doesn't make you look THAT fat.
I know what it's like to hide fast food wrappers from your significant other.
I know how it feels to crave junk ALL THE TIME.
I know how it feels to see cute fashion trends, only to realize they don't make them in your size.
I know how it is to think "oh SOMEDAY I'll get back into my skinny jeans."
I know how it feels to be so out of breath from just shopping.
I know all about avoiding outings where you'll be standing for long periods of time because you know you'll get tired.
I know how it feels when your thighs rub together when you walk.
I know how it feels to FEEL your fat jiggling with every move you make.
I know all about "Starting my diet on Monday."
I know how shameful it feels when that diet fails.
I know the only thing that cures that shame is more junk food.
I know all about that vicious cycle.
I know how it is to feel like a prisoner in your own body.
BUT I also know how great it feels after you've been eating healthy for a few weeks.
And how amazing it is to see the pounds melt off.
And how it feels when you go to put on a pair of pants that were tight last month and now they're too big!
And how strong you feel when you run your first mile.
And how much better you sleep after you rid your body of all the junk you've been feeding it.
And how much more energy you have.
And how it feels to buy a smaller size.
And how it feels to hear people say that you look great.
And how you never knew you could be so proud of yourself for something.
And how it feels to do it the RIGHT way, with hard work and dedication.
And how all of a sudden you crave foods that are good for you.
And how it feels to look at a picture you didn't know was being taken and actually think you look cute and NOT fat.
And how great it feels when your husband starts to get all touchy-feely with you again.
And how it boosts your confidence when you start getting hit on.
And that amazing sense of accomplishment you will feel when you step on the scale and you've reached your goal.
So don't tell me it's hard.
Don't tell me it's not possible.
Don't tell me "I'll start Monday."
Don't tell me you can't do it.
I did. And you CAN.