Failing Does Not Mean You Get to Quit… And It Doesn’t Mean It’s Impossible
- Possible Pat
- October 1, 2018
How many times have you tried to lose weight and failed?
Did you want to give up after? Did you?
There were so many times throughout my life when I wanted to throw in the towel because I failed at losing weight… and there were times when I really did. I spent my entire life being overweight, and there were times I asked myself if it was even worth the effort to try and lose it.
I made excuse after excuse why I wasn’t able to lose weight, and it was these excuses that led me being 605 pounds. The times I did try to lose weight, I would give in, eat the things I knew I shouldn’t, and not put the work in that I needed to. Time after time I made excuses and those excuses were the reason I was obese and the reason I went through all the bull that comes along with being overweight.
My weight affected me more than I knew. It affected my health, my quality of life and happiness, and it affected the relationships I was making with other people. Being overweight made life difficult for me in almost every way.
Each time I tried to lose weight, I failed. And I would give up for a while.
I would stop believing that I could lose the weight. This would lead me to feel discouraged and hopeless.
And I know a lot of you have reached that point. You’ve failed in the past, and you gave up. You wonder if you will ever be able to lose the weight, and you begin to resign yourself to being overweight.
But it isn’t impossible.
You can lose the weight, and I want to be here to support you through your journey because I know how hard it is. I understand the struggles you are going through, and I understand what it is doing to your health.
My Journey… And How I Made the Impossible, Possible
If you are not already familiar with my journey, I was a 605-pound bodyguard. Being big used to be part of the job, until one day I lost a bet and had to do a round of pushups in front of a group of people. This group included friends, people I worked with and the celebrities I was supposed to be protecting.
I couldn’t even do one pushup, and it was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. How was I supposed to protect the people I was hired by and do my job if I couldn’t even do a single pushup?
After this, I became really depressed, and I was going through a hard time. Eventually, I went to the doctor to find out what was going on and there I was told that I was 605 pounds, and pre-diabetic. I was having health issues related to my weight, and my doctor told me that if I didn’t make a change, I wouldn’t be there to see my kids grow up.
This frightened me, and I began to get my act together. I threw out all of the unhealthy food in my house and began walking to Walmart, the nearest grocery store, every day for every meal I wanted to eat.
Slowly the weight began to come off.
Since then, I have lost over three hundred pounds and even won my first bodybuilding competition. I’ve come a long way, and have made it my goal to help others out there who are just like me.
I want to be that support system and show others that it is possible.
Failing Doesn’t Mean You Should Give UP
Chances are, you’ve failed losing weight. Even if you are on track now and are dropping pounds, at some point, you probably failed. I know because as someone who was obese, it was a constant struggle.
There is one thing that I have learned through my journey that has been invaluable to me, and that is failure doesn’t mean you should resign and give up. It means the opposite. It means you now know what you need to do to push harder. If you fail to lose weight, get up and try harder. Whatever you do, don’t make excuses and don’t quit.
Take back control over your life, and if you need help getting back up, there is no shame in that. I will be here to help you through it. I will be here to give you workouts and show you healthy meals that will help you lose weight. I want to be here to motivate you and sho you, yes, it is possible!
This is why I created Team Possible. I created it for you, and for a community of people who are going through similar struggles and need that support to transform their lives.
No matter how many times you fail, pick yourself up and try harder. No matter how many times you fail, I will be here cheering you on.
Why People Fail to Lose Weight
There are several reasons why you’ve failed to lose weight in the past, and everyone is different. We all have our personal reasons why it may not have worked out, but we can’t use those reasons as an excuse to resign and not continue to try.
Throughout my life, and by talking to others who have gone through the same struggles that I have, I have realized that although we all have different reasons for failing, there are a few BIG ones that continue to pop up over and over.
I’ve realized that people often fail to lose weight because they…
- Set unrealistic goals. Too often, people expect too much from themselves, and when they can’t reach it, they give up. People expect to lose a lot of weight, really fast, and sometimes this isn’t realistic. If your goal is to lose 10 pounds in a week, and you don’t hit it, don’t worry. That is an unrealistic goal, and no one would expect you to hit it. Realize how fast you should really be losing weight before you begin to set goals for yourself. This will help you set goals that are realistic and achievable.
- Don’t focus on nutrition. You can cut calories all you want, but if you are not eating healthy food, you will never lose the weight you want and remain healthy. Not only is cutting calories low while eating processed food that is unhealthy unsustainable, but you may end up doing more harm than good. When you are trying to lose weight, be sure you are focusing on eating whole food and not turning to processed foods that are full of empty calories.
- Crash dieting. There are trendy diets out there that will result in a few quick pounds of weight loss, but there is a problem. Most of these diets are not sustainable. Even if you lose a few pounds quickly, you will end up gaining those back, without ever reaching your goal. To create lasting weight loss, and shed real weight, you need to change your habits so that you are living a healthier lifestyle. Otherwise, you will end up right back where you are.
- Lack of support. Losing weight when those around you can be really difficult. I know because I didn’t have the support I needed when I began to lose weight. This made it easy to give in to temptation and hard to stay motivated when I had so many people around me that told me I couldn’t do it. My friends just saw it as another weight loss attempt that wouldn’t last, and I even lost a few friends along the way because I didn’t want to continue the same unhealthy habits I was living with before. This is one of the core ideas behind Team Possible, so you get the support and motivation that leads to success.
- Trying to do too much at once. I am a firm believer that if you try to accomplish too much at once, or you cut out too much at once, you are more likely to give into temptation and give up on your goals. For example, when I began to lose weight, I didn’t immediately give up dairy and sodas. Instead, I weaned myself off of it. I slowly cut out my dairy and soda intake until I removed it from my diet completely. If I had tried to give it all up at once, I know I would have failed.
Making the Impossible Possible
In the past, every time I failed, I thought my goals were impossible. I thought I wasn’t meant to lose weight and this is just who I was going to be. I thought I was going to be overweight forever and that was just how it was.
I used to think that I wouldn’t be able to lose the weight, and if you had told me five years ago that I would want to enter bodybuilding, I would have thought you were crazy. Then, if you told me I would have won a bodybuilding competition, I would have laughed in your face. These were ideas that didn’t even seem in the realm of possibility.
But I have learned that I can do the impossible. I can achieve anything I set my mind to if I just want it bad enough.
For me, I wanted to lose weight because I didn’t want to die. I wanted to lose weight because I wanted to be around to watch my kids grow up, and I didn’t want to miss out on their lives.
Whatever you do, don’t give up. Know that the impossible can be done. You can take control of your life and lose the weight once and for all, and if you need support, I will be here for you throughout it all.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.