Sunday, February 12, 2012
I just finished doing a 6 week challenges on one of my Spark teams, and I did lose a decent amount of weight--tomorrow is the official weigh-in day, but I stepped on the scale today and I'm down 17 pounds since the beginning of the challenge. Which, WOOT!
But then I got out the tape measure. And the change reflected in the measuring tape is not nearly as impressive. Only half an inch off my hips, half an inch off my waist, and no change in my thigh. And I felt frustrated. I'm working this hard, and my results are so minimal? How can this be?
Then I reminded myself: this is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change. The results, or lack thereof, are not the point. This is not something I'm doing "for right now" in order to reach some "goal" and then stop doing it. This is how I'm going to live. A healthier, fitter me is the real point, and the changes in my body are the outward sign of those changes. If I try to warp these slow, positive changes with some kind of crazy unsustainable behavior, I will sabotage myself and undo the good I am doing in my life.
And, really, where would I be if I hadn't made these changes? I've lost 34 pounds since September, well above my planned 5 pounds a month. I went into this planning to take a full two years to lose the 110 pounds to reach my goal weight, and I've stuck well to my nutrition and exercise plan. I'm doing great.
It's just hard sometimes not to want it ALL right NOW!!! And when I feel that impulse, I have to recall what following it has wrought in the past: regain, worse health, and my highest weight ever just before I joined Spark People. I don't want that again.