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Small Motivations

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My back to healthy eating and exercise has gotten off to a slow start. It feels though as if I'm finally getting a handle on how much exercise I can do each week before burning out or getting bored. This morning I weighed myself for the first time in several weeks, and I had gained about 2 pounds. The reaction I would've had in the past would've been one of disappointment, and I would've wanted to give up. I almost did as well, falling into the usual "oh, I didn't lose anything. It's not worth it." Then I saw that a few weeks ago I'd also measured myself, which is something in the past I hadn't done. And I remembered that in the past week two different people on two different occasions had asked if I'd lost weight. One of them was a Korean friend. This may seem insignificant, but here in Korea people are very blunt about physical appearances. If someone gains weight, it's commented on. If someone looks tired, it's commented on. If your skin looks dry, again it's commented on. And so I know that the comment wasn't a hollow one; it wasn't my Korean friend trying to make me feel better because he knew I'd been trying to lose weight. It's because, to him, it looked like I actually had. And so I measured, and while all of my measurements didn't go down, some of them did. And that was a wonderful feeling. :)
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OLYMPIA_RYE 3/28/2012 8:17AM

    Thanks for the encouragement! I try to remind myself that weight is the least accurate measure of fitness or health. But it's hard sometimes when it's the thing that I have used the most in the past. Reminding myself to measure is a big help!

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MCDOWN75 3/28/2012 6:18AM

    Congratulations. that scale isn't the only thing in the world.

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ALBAUGHMO 3/28/2012 4:23AM

  good for you. it is hard when the scale doesn't go down but as you found out there are other ways of checking your progress. emoticon

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