I've been depressed about not losing any of this weight I gained. I keep gaining and losing the same 8-10 pounds - been that way since September.
Today was the official weigh in day and I weighed 206.6. Getting closer to that 202 I had back in September. The good news was that February 1st I weighed 210. So I did manage to lose some of that weigh. I got curious to see what I weighed January 1st and it was 211. So for the year I've lost 4 of those pounds. Now to keep them off.
I've been much more consistent with my walking with my dog. I even ventured out today in the snow/sleet/drizzly weather to walk her for 45 minutes. Normally I would have said screw that but I did it.
I'm trying to get consistent on a daily basis with the walking. I know daylight savings time is around the corner with longer days which means opportunities for short walks later in the afternoon not just my normal walk. Spring's somewhere in the future too. I'd love the warmer weather to get here - heck I'd love the 50s right about now just minus all this cold north winds. I'm tired of bundling up when I walk out the door.
I seriously need to get back to the ST and that short firm and tone video (seriously it's just a couple of minutes). I know it works but I just don't do it. I need to short circuit that thinking into getting serious.
I'm hoping I'll be able to continue to do some interval jogging with my dog but if I continue to have problems then I'll just have to walk.
All in all, while I'm not excited about the numbers this year I am happy that I'm seeing a downward trend. It could be much better but it could also be much worse. I'll focus on the better.
Remember: Focus on the good things and not get all down and depressed over a minor setback. They happen. We have to learn to get over it and move forward. It's all about moving forward.
Don't obsess over the numbers on the scale. They are just numbers. Yes we all want them to go down. However, there are other things that are very important too. Those are the non-scale victories (NSV). Those are things to get excited about.
Are your clothes fitting looser?
When you walk are you breathing easier? I know with COPD and asthma that may still be a problem but are you less winded?
Have you noticed a smile on your face more? Means you're feeling better about yourself and are feeling good - those workouts and better food choices are showing up.
Since you're eating better is your skin clearing up or maybe glowing more? Healthy eating means healthier skin and hair.
Has anyone told you you smile more or look happier? I know my son's told me that I'm "blossoming out" (his words)
More spring in your step? Those workouts are working.
You make better food choices when you're eating. You do the work by working out. It will show in so many ways other than that number on the scale.
I know I feel better after I go for my walks with my dog. I get outside and breathe the fresh air. Get some sunshine (hopefully). I relax more. I'm not as tense. I spend that time mediating and talking with God. Working out my thoughts and problems. Sometimes getting solutions and insight.
I love it when my clothes get looser. I keep the thrift store in business
because I can go in and find more clothes that fit. Can't wait to drop down another size!
It's easy to get depressed and down if you have physical limitations and can't do the things you want to do. You may never be able to do them no matter what your size. That's a hard thing to swallow and one that I'm having to learn to accept. I may not ever get to finish hiking those three knobs out on the Appalachian Trail because of the "steps". My knees just can't handle steps. I don't like that thought at all but it's turning in to my reality, like it or not. Due to my asthma I may not get to do some of the other hikes I want to but there are others I can do and will do. I just have accept my limitations.
We have to love ourselves. We have to accept ourselves as we are NOW. Not tomorrow but today. Love yourself each and every step of the way. When you do, it will start to show in unexpected ways.
Sending all my wonderful spark friends love and hugs. Have a fantastic weekend.