January has ended up being a pretty good month for me. I didn't meet all my goals, but I still did really well.
I set a goal to lose 5lbs this month. According to my scale that didn't happen *shrugs*. According to MY scale I've been losing the same 5lbs for the last 6 months, and my son has stayed the same weight. According to his scale at school he has lost another 10lbs. I think my scale is screwy, again. That's okay though, because one of my goals was to not tie my emotions to what the scale says. Guess what? I'm not stressing about it not moving! I have other ways to prove that I am being successful.
Which brings me to my success stories
This month I lost two inches. It may not seem like a lot, but it makes me super happy. Mostly because those two inches came off my calves and arms. Those measurements have stayed the same for months and it was beginning to frustrate me. My waist and bust area have been losing inches steadily over the months, but nothing from my arms, legs or hips/stomach area (which is the area I've decided to not worry about at all. If I do, I will never get anywhere!). Seeing less inches from my arms and legs made me want to try on a pair of jeans that I haven't been able to fit into. Today, they fit. I'm not going to lie, it was rough pulling them up over my stomach, but it was worth it! I've been trying for months to get them over my stomach. There is the proof that my tummy is shrinking, even if everything else says no.
More successes? Why, yes! I FINALLY started tracking my food consistently. Huge step for me. In the past I hated seeing what that tracker would say. I gave up being afraid of it. The tracker is a tool to help me see where I can do better, give myself credit for the things I am doing right, and help lead me in the right direction. I was making it out to be yet another demon that I was basing my emotions off of. Not anymore. I learned that I really need to start working on my sodium intake. It's amazing how quickly that can add up in a day!
I am sleeping so much better, and I actually have more energy during the days. I know part of this because I have been taking a Vitamin D supplement. It's just one more step in treating my body better and actually taking care of myself instead of staying in a cycle of unhealthy habits and not caring.
I bought a hula hoop. Something I've been wanting to do for a long time. I still suck, but it doesn't stop me from trying every single day!
I've added another exercise to my strength training routine. My arms are always a bit achy, but it feels so good to work them like that!
One more success. I've been sticking to the journaling. It's rough some nights, but as long as I get in my three days for the week I feel successful. Some nights it still feels extremely cheesy, but after I start writing I start letting go a little more. It has helped me work through some emotions and get a clearer view of some issues.
To celebrate getting back to a 30lb weight loss, I played dress up instead of rewarding myself with food or some other equally unhealthy reward!
I'm looking forward to what February brings and what success I will have!