For those of you that have lost and regained the same weight several times – this is for YOU!
I lost 1.5 lbs exactly this week. I’m proud of my effort. However, negative thoughts crept in on “weigh in day”, which is Saturday morning for me.
In 3 weeks I’ve lost 4 pounds. (Very proud of my effort. It’s taken saying “No” to a lot of snacking & “Yes” to more activity/exercise.) But even with that success, I started having defeating thoughts. I was thrilled and then it hit me: this puts me at the point where I was when I wanted to lose 7 pounds (which has been for about the last year or so!! over & over again.)
So essentially, all my effort these past 3 weeks was to get me back to where I started. STILL wanting to lose those same 7 damn pounds! (For you, it may look like 5 or 50 or anywhere in between!)
So what did I do??
I did NOT beat myself up about the extra 4 pounds I’ve gained since my latest injury. It simply came about because bad habits (like eating my kids leftovers, going out to eat more frequently, not measuring food – granola & nuts especially, over snacking and way too much pity & defiantly not enough exercise!
To quote my husband’s favorite saying: “IT IS WHAT IT IS!” Determined, I just hunkered down & dealt with “it”!
- I concentrated on the positive. I’m proud that I dealt with the extra weight. I respect myself for doing what it takes to get it off. I feel better for it.
- I realized the weight loss has given me momentum. Without hitting my bottom (I couldn’t believe the # I saw on the scale) I might still be on the roller-coaster ride of losing the same 7 pounds over and over again. This time I’m going to succeed. There’s no doubt about it. I will reach my goal!
- I’m more determined than ever to be in better shape come the New Year. I will make healthy choices and stay active during this busy holiday season.
- My pain is your gain! I’m happy to share all the gory details in hopes that you will learn from my honesty. I know what it takes and most people (even doctors-except Alan Glassman, he’ll give you an earful! Huge advocate of exercise & maintaining a healthy weight for adults and children) are afraid to tell you!
- WoW! Boot Camp works!!! I love the workouts. I’m sore, I’m tighter and I’m getting stronger! Boo ya!
- Taking it one day at a time! I realize that my choices today WILL affect my success for tomorrow. Sometimes it’s saying “NO!” one chip at a time. (That same big ass bag of Blue Corn Chips for the kids lunches keeps tempting me) & saying “YES!” to more activity. It may be something little like getting up and getting something for myself verses asking the kids to get it for me. (No wonder they’re so skinny – HA!) I am taking it one pound and one exercise session at a time. I will not be overwhelmed by the daunting task of 7 pounds.
- I keep visualizing my ideal self (I’m assuming it’s 7 pounds because that’s what I weighed when I had my picture taken for Athena Magazine 3 years ago. But it’s really a pair of jeans I want to fit back into and a certain way I want my abs to look & a return of that smooth bra line on my back! I know I have to burn that blanket in order to see the muscles underneath!
- Every day, I feel better & better. I’m more creative & energetic. Even though the results are slow (by tabloid standards) as long as I’m doing all the right things, I will continue to progress towards my goals.
- I have a good attitude. This is not a chore. This is a choice. It’s a healthy way of life & I am better for it (just as I am certain you will be!)!!
These are pictures of me at the TUGALOO Triathlon – 4 years apart![caption id="attachment_1195" align="aligncenter" width="137" caption="Same race - 4 years later. Still hard! But this time it was because I raced fast enough to go Top 3! "][/caption]