Wow! 12 weeks goes by in a flash! I remember back to the first week when I was taking 'before' pics. At the time I was super frustrated from pulling a muscle in my back. I was thinking that life isn't fair...I mean, here I was trying to start out on good path, and the fates throw in a pulled muscle which really restricted my ability to move.
Funny how you can look back on something that seemed so important then, but is really just a tiny bump in the road.
All in all, I had good weeks, and I had some bad weeks. Sometimes I was chatty Kathy on my team page, and sometimes I was really quiet (or even absent). Sometimes I gave my all during fitness minutes, and other times not so much...
So through this journey and 12.8lb loss, I ask myself what did I learn?
1) Going to bed early and getting a full nights sleep is super important. Sleep makes my body happy and helps it recuperate much quicker. Also makes me a less grumpy human being. Who knew!?!
2) Planning ahead is key. Whether it is planning my meals for the week, or planning how and when I am going to get my fitness minutes in, planning is essential to my survival!!! I cannot leave things that are this important, to chance.
3) The buddy system really works. I would not have had the success I did this round, if not for the kind support (and sometimes tough love) of my team! I love you Scarlet Starlets!!!
4) I am stronger and more capable than I think. There were many a moment (more so at the beginning) where I felt that I couldn't continue....'I couldn't finish my workout cuz it's too hard....I couldn't survive the week without diet soda....I couldn't run because my ankle isn't strong enough'....Etc. etc. etc. All those times I heard that negative voice, I had to make a decision - give up on myself or push through. Each time, I chose to push through....And you know what?! I could finish that workout....I did give up diet soda....I did increase the speed & distance of my wogs.
...I can do it! I am a strong and capable woman!!!!!
5) It's ok to be a little selfish. In order to be successful these past weeks, I have had to make a commitment to myself. I had to take a stand and worry about me first. And while that was a little harder at the beginning, it has truly paid off.
6) I'm worth it! I am worth the time and energy I have devoted to this journey (and will continue to do so). When people bring you negativity, just ignore it. You are worth it. When people pull a face or make comments...Take pride in the fact that you are doing something nay-sayers don't understand....And that's ok. Cuz I'm worth it!