Saturday, January 12, 2013
Well, I would have to say the answer to that question is 8 weeks! Today, was the first day I stripped away the loose fitting shirt and traded it in on a workout tank top! I wasn't sure if I was ready to expose more of myself, just yet, but I went for it. It's really liberating to know that my hard work is paying off, and people have noticed, and given compliments. It's nice to hear that other people can see the transformation taking shape. But, more importantly, it helps fuel my desire to keep on doing what I'm doing.
It really drives home the point that exercising is the key to everything. Not just cardio, not just weight training, but the combination of the two, along with good, healthy eating=success in weight loss and health.
Of course, I knew that all along, but had lost my focus and desire along the way. All that started with skipping workouts. Letting those workouts fall by the wayside was the beginning of the death spiral within which I was caught. I know that stopping the cycle is difficult, yet not impossible, and the sooner the better. I read once, in Dr. Oz's book, to immediately get back on track, when a slip-up occurs. Don't allow once mistake to multiply to multiple mistakes, or an entire day/week of bad choices. I let myself ignore that good advice for months, and the end result wasn't pretty. This week I made the first bad choices in eating since I've been back on track, and I followed Dr. Oz's advice, and recovered immediately. It's good to know I don't have to lose total control if I slip-up now and then.
The internal negative talk is still an ongoing battle for me, and I understand that this is where it must all start, in order for me to finally win this battle I'm waging.