patience

You must be patient. Even if the pains of waiting and wishing and praying tire you, be patient. Even when long periods of time pass by and others are blessed with what they have been praying for; while you still wait, be patient. For Allāh does not waste the effort of the doers of good. He delays His response only to hear you call to Him more, be patient; for what awaits you is sweeter than the bitterness of longing.

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In the early months of 2014, I struggled immensely with my weight. I weighed 197 lbs and was unhappy with my lifestyle. After my college classes, I’d stop on my way to the corner store and buy an iced tea and Doritos chips to binge watch the entire series of Prison Break on Netflix. Every other day! It was about March of 2014 when I stepped on a scale and realized I was 197 pounds, almost pushing 200. I never let myself go that bad. I had to change my life around and that began with my food intake. Cutting off all fast food and eating clean. I even signed up for the gym which I probably haven’t been to since my high school gym class. With both eating clean and going to the gym 3 times a week for an hour, that helped me get down to 160 pounds by February 2015. I still had a lot more to go as my goal weight was 145 pounds. I pushed myself to exceed my limits and got there by mid 2016. It’s not all about cardio folks! Weight train too - to tone out your skin evenly.

And here I am today Alhamdulilah, a month after my wedding that was held in March. At a weight of 135 lbs. I worked so hard Alhamdulilah with a content mindset I’d get there for my wedding. Stop telling yourself you can’t do it, I did that mistake in 2014 till I got a rude awakening stepping on my scale. Please if anyone is struggling with their weight, don’t hear the outside buzz. Tune it out. Only you know your happy weight. We all have our preferences in our shapes, we are all different. Choose your happy weight, and lastly patience is the 🗝

Someone will come along. Someone who understands that you get jealous and anxious. Someone who knows the fears you have rooted deep in your past and holds you when you’re feeling scared. Someone who can’t dance, but dances with you anyway. They can’t sing, but they’ll sing to you anyway. They’ll love any gift you give, even when it’s the wrong size and they’ll love anything you cook for them, even when it’s burnt. They’ll make you laugh until you cry, and know exactly what to say to make you smile. They’ll leave you feeling helplessly, unapologetically happy as you fall asleep at night. You’ll wonder how you ever got so lucky. Just be patient. Someone will come along.

It’s a long journey and it takes time, patience, dedication, hard work, sacrifices, goals, and so much more, but at the end of the day that time is going to pass regardless and in the end every single step will be worth it even more than you can imagine.

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