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Validation

Thursday, March 14, 2013

First of all, thanks to each of you who've commented on my blogs or my page or offered me encouragement or support. It means more than I can possibly say. This is a challenging journey, and I hope that I'm able to support you all as wonderfully as you've supported me!

Yesterday, I had a really great workout at the gym. I noticed that my heart rate is not spiking as high, and that it's rebounding much more quickly, even since my workout two days previously. As I was riding the high of that realization (along with all of the post-run endorphins coursing through my body), another member of my gym approached me and said that she's noticed how hard I'm working and that she's really proud of me for showing up every day. I'm generally the type of person who likes to keep my head down and do my work without being noticed, but her kindness really touched me. I've been trying to reach out to people at my new gym because I figure developing those relationships will give me added incentive to keep going. This morning I saw the same woman, and she said that she's really excited that I'm becoming a regular. It's a nice feeling to be a part of a community.

I tried on some of my clothes that I hadn't been able to wear in quite a while. Most of them fit quite nicely, and others are really really close. I've been watching "What Not To Wear" a lot recently, and am getting excited about the possibilities of dressing a new, slimmer, stronger, healthier body. One of my long-term goals is to be able to wear clothes that actually express (rather than repress) my personality. I don't feel like I've ever truly been able to do that in my life, so it's a very exciting goal for me.

I've also been thinking about the "rewards" and incentives I want to give myself for reaching mini-goals along the way. Maybe tomorrow I'll post a list of those things to keep myself accountable.

What gives you validation? And how do you stay motivated when the going gets tough?
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NEW-N-FIT-ME 3/15/2013 12:38AM

    Awesome... Heart rate it's a wonderful thing! It shows how your body is adapting to your new and improved lifestyle... And how you are becoming stronger.
I think I look for any reason I can get to keep the motivation going, as long as I'm being honest with myself about my eating habits and working out.
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