It's interesting the perceptions that people have when you're doing something difficult like a lifestyle change. When they see you succeeding, they think it's easy for you. But I am here to tell you:
It is not easy. It is never easy. In fact, it's hard. And every day, it gets harder.
When I first started losing weight last year, I would lie to people. I would say "It's easy, once you get started." And yes, there are periods of time where I feel less challenged and success seems to come more easily. But over time, I've realized that it isn't easy. I've been challenged. I've had some serious ups and downs and have had to work harder than I ever have at anything else in my life.
So here's the truth. Losing weight is hard. Getting started is hard. Maintaining the weight you've already lost while trying to lose more is hard. Completely reinventing your entire menu every few months, just to keep things interesting...is hard.
This is a lifelong process. I'm 15 months into this lifestyle change, the longest I have ever been committed to healthy eating and exercise. I take one day at a time. I feel secure in knowing the changes I've made are permanent, but so are the challenges.
There will always be something to try and break my resolve. Always. Whether it's a TV commercial, a well-meaning person offering me free food or some other stumbling block, I have to be on the look out at all times.
So no, it's not easy. But it's worth it.