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By Ashley Weightman
Feb. 6, 2013 12:02 a.m.

I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I'm constantly up and down and don't think that it's possible to ever be "skinny." There are times I want to give up. Times that grabbing that cheeseburger or not going to the gym seem so easy. Even at times when I've had the best workout ever, I just wonder when it's going to start paying off.
A lot of times encouragement from others goes along way. When you're down, simple words can make it easy to keep going.
I don't like salad. I don't like vegetables. The last two days I've ate at least one salad a day. I cringed as I took every bite. I figured it wouldn't make me full so I had several other options to eat with me. I posted pictures to Facebook just to prove to people that I was actually doing it. I was so angry about not being able to grab a piece of pizza or HAVING to go to the gym that I wanted to have a huge breakdown. All of that on top of a screaming three year old, work, and TONS of homework, made me feel that my life was falling apart.
I was about ready to go to bed when I got a message from my mom. It said, "I'm very proud of you and all the working out you are doing. I keep thinking it would be nice if I was there to go with you, too. You don't always have to eat salad either, or change up the dressing sometimes or add a cracker to make some crunch with it. Love you."
This made my day. My mom has been my biggest cheerleader, whether I lose 3lbs a week or gain 2. It's her words of encouragement that had me eating a salad today and being pumped about going to the gym tomorrow.
It doesn't matter if a person is struggling or not. Give some words of encouragement to anyone.

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