Wednesday, April 06, 2011
On March 8 I decided to do a 30 day gym streak as I would be leaving for a NYC trip in 31 days. I thought it would kick things up a bit. Today was Day 30 and I went to the gym every single day since March 8 (even though we left for NYC on Day 30, not after I'd finished my streak as I had originally planned.)
I went to the gym every day, no matter what: When I didn't feel well, when I was exhausted, when I had to leave town unexpectedly for a funeral, when I had to attend the funeral (hope that doesn't sound uncaring & callous), when I had to get up early to get to the gym at 5 a.m. today to catch an early flight.
I am really proud of myself for achieving this goal. And after 30 days of going to the gym every day, it now is just another part of my healthy lifestyle. I don't even think about it anymore, I just go. Working out is simply a part of my life. I'm not sure if I'll continue to go to the gym every day. I don't have access to a gym while I'm in NYC but I have Jillian Michaels' DVDs that I intend to do and a resistance bar I brought as well. But I know that I'll make an effort to be more active every day.
Thanks so much to my SparkFriends for cheering me on along the way. It made a big difference to me in pushing myself some days. I'm now thinking about what streak to do next because I know I'll push myself to do something.
So today I got a new haircut to celebrate the new me. I'm almost 1/2way to goal and I know that I'll get there. Here's a couple of photos from today. I'll post some of what I looked like before I embarked on my journey at SP. Today I noticed that my jeans are swimming on me so I think I'll treat myself to a new pair. I can take them off without undoing them and that's great progress, no matter what the scale says on any given day.
Friday, April 01, 2011
I'm up 1.2 lbs today. No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke. I'm not discouraged, hopeless, or frustrated. I did Level 1 of Jillian Michael's "30 Day Shred" 3 days ago. Today I can almost walk normally. The past 2 days I was limping around, groaning when I stood up or sat down; it was comical.
I know sometimes people won't change their weight tickers if the weight is up. I did it for a reason. I'm hoping to inspire others to not give up! In my posts I often write about how the scale can fluctuate. I have been tracking my food & eating within my calories this week. So how can the scale be up? Well, it happens sometimes. I think it's because my muscles are healing. Muscles can retain water, did you know that? But, for whatever reason, my weight is up 1.2 lbs. And I'm not worried because I know it will go back down.
When I joined SP 12+ weeks ago I made a commitment to myself that I would NEVER GIVE UP, no matter what! That means, no matter what! That means I am not quitting because the scale didn't give me the number I wanted. I am not quitting because I re-gained 1.2 lbs. I read so many posts & blogs from members who are ready to give up if they "only" lost .5 lb that week or if the scale isn't moving. It is normal for weight loss to vary; it happens even when we're doing everything right. I'm here to show you that I am not going to beat myself up or stop my healthy lifestyle changes just because the scale is up this week.
I'm not even upset about it in the least. Really! Because every day I feel better & better. Because I'm fitting into clothes I haven't worn in a very long time. Because I have more energy. Because I'm eating healthy and my skin looks great. Because I no longer make excuses why I can't go to the gym. Because I want to be an example to my SparkFriends & teammates.
If you read my last blog about "putting it in writing" (or if you didn't, read it now!) I wanted to put this in writing: I will never give up. I will keep working towards my goals and then I will maintain my healthy lifestyle. I will be here to support & encourage all my SparkFriends and then to work together to keep the weight off.
So don't beat yourself up and don't give in. We will all reach our goals, eventually. There will be ups & downs, just like in life. Simply make a commitment that you will never give up, no matter what!
Monday, February 14, 2011
6 weeks ago I started my journey to a healthier lifestyle with the help of SparkPeople. I've lost almost 15 lbs and now go to the gym 5 or 6 days a week! I am so grateful that this site exists, offering so many wonderful tools to point us on our way to reaching our goals. Support is essential and I'm extremely appreciative of the encouragement I receive from my SparkFriends and from people I don't even know! The teams are excellent and I'm enjoying forming relationships and working towards my goals with others I'm meeting along the way.
So here's what I think is important as we work towards our goals:
Don't make it all about the scale!! It's amazing to me how many people are actually bummed out when they've "only lost 1/2 a pound" or "I only lost 1 lb this week." That's still a weight loss! This isn't Biggest Loser where we're going to lose 15 lbs a week! SP recommends a 1 - 2 lb weight loss per week. So does Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, etc. That's the "typical" amount. When you lose slowly you have more time to make the changes permanent. This isn't a diet, it's a new way of life! If you keep eating less, making healthy food choices, and moving more, the weight will come off.
Find other ways to see progress. Take your measurements every month. You'll start to see the inches coming off and know that you're becoming a smaller you. Notice when you're able to walk for longer periods of time or do more at the gym. That means you're getting stronger!! That's something to celebrate.
The ONLY way we won't succeed is if we quit! Make a pact with yourself that you'll keep going no matter what the scale says. Don't let it derail or discourage you because the scale will fluctuate. Find someone to make a commitment with (thank you SUGARBEHONEYPIE) so that you're accountable to someone. Sandi & I are committed to continue working towards our goals no matter how long it takes and, more importantly, to stay with SP and maintain the weight loss.
Hope this gave some food for thought (at least you won't have to write down any calories LOL.)
Take it one day at a time and we will get there, together with SP.
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