Sunday, June 10, 2012
My weight loss continues... that's the good part. But it's at such a slow pace right now. I lose two pounds then gain 1.5lb back. Ever since Jan of this year, it's been rough, but the last couple of months have been more difficult than usual. I try to remind myself about NSV and of how far I've come. I know I'm not going to backslide because I really want to keep that down 100lb icon on my page - lol. But it's forward momentum that is challenging at the moment. In general I find it more helpful to be upbeat and proactive. This week, that's eluding me. I think it is because I still have working out restrictions from my dr, so I'm out of my routine. Also, although I know my body is healthier, I'm not seeing such obvious effects of all the effort. Today it feels like a lot of effort. I have a tendency to pile on various diff problems together and forget that these are individual, manageable problems. That might explain some of my 'slump' feelings. There is a fair amount of stress on me right now and a lot of change. Overall, I have faith but it's temporarily misplaced! How do you regain that enthusiasm and belief in the process?
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Patience and persistence - and you keep on going! Way to go by making it through. I am inspired by your loss and your perseverance.
In the words of a recent country song: if you are going thru H#!! keep on going - that is all you can do. Good luck this weekend on the HEAD OVER MEALS!
1557 days ago
OH Home Fry, I totally agree with Patty! (Isn't she just the greatest!)
I lost my motivation some time ago and was just in this blah. It's hard to kick.....but I also gained 20lbs back and now am REWORKING to get that 20lbs off. Trust me, keep going, keep at it. losing 2, gaining 1.5 is still a .5 lb loss. I know I hate the yo yo thing too...but just keep working it. Switch it up if you want/can, Pull out an old outfit that you can't quite fit into yet....hang it up for motivation? Look at old pictures and remember how far you've come....I mean you've lost 100 POUNDS!!! That's HUGE!!! Take NEW photos too!
Just keep pushing through girl. You can do this, don't give up!
1567 days ago
Comment edited on: 6/11/2012 10:56:55 AM
Thank you so much for taking the time to give me such a wise and helpful answer. I so appreciate it. Your comment about 'would I rather be at my present weight and in a slump than heavy and not in a slump' really hit home. I'd pick lighter slumpy me every time - lol.
If the slump gains a life of its own, things could look pretty ugly for me all around. And if I kick it to the curb then I will feel better. Today I'm prodding at it with my toe. Hopefully tomorrow I will start kicking it!
I just fed my dog a pork rib bone and it did make me feel better. Her pupils got huge and her inner wolf emerged. She's a Chihuahua mix so that was pretty funny. She is now sleeping and belching, without a care in the world.
I'll go look at my past pics now. Thanks again for being an awesome teammate.
1568 days ago
Juliet, that is such a tough question..... there is no easy answer. The truth of the matter is that no matter what happens in this lifetime, we have ourselves to look to for an answer to whatever the situation is.
You may want to look back over time, and count the ways in which you are feeling so much better - yes, you've done it, but do it again! This time with a sense of pride, and good humor and fun. It's been so much hard work, that perhaps you are feeling tired.
Perhaps changing your historic perspective (from only hard work into one that seeks out the fun bits and pieces). How much fun was it when you realized that you could do it? And that a candy bar (or other such temptress) was NOT the BOSS of you?
Don't put too much stock into a slump- you're having it as a contrast so that you can see the difference between the ''what can be''s.
How will your future look if this slump gains a life of its own? (fill in the blank- )
How will your future look if this slump lasts only as long as it needs to for you to kick it to the curb and make it your b**ch?
That's right. You know it, deep down you can feel it. You are so far along in your journey, that you have to make a small adjustment to your expectations.... you are not going to see gigantic differences in weight from week to week. At this point, you are working on the small, but measurable improvements in your other things: some are intangible, some are NSV, and some are this- no matter what you lose, large or small, you have GAINED a NEW YOU!
Take a look at some of your old photos, or spend some time remembering how tedious it was dragging yourself around with the extra weight. Then ask yourself this:
''would I rather be my present weight, and in a slump, or go back in time to a heavier weight and not be in a slump?".
Keep the faith, spend some time with kids or animals, or the elderly. You'll regain your enthusiasm in short order my Ranger friend.
1568 days ago
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