Saturday, March 16, 2013
First off, thank you all for the encouragement you gave me on my last blog. This past week has definitely been the first major dip in my motivation and focus, and I feel like I've made it over that hump. I'm really proud of myself for hanging in there, but I also know that having a ready-made team of supporters out there was a huge part of getting me going again.
So what's been better these past few days?
Thursday, I went to the gym for about 40 minutes. Yesterday, I went for a walk in the park with the boy and then went to the gym for about 50 minutes. Today, I walked around my town with my dad and have done about a half hour of heavy cleaning, so I'm definitely getting back in gear.
I've tracked my food for 3 days in a row, gotten all my water, and kept up with vitamins.
Most importantly, I'm feeling motivated again, and I feel rededicated to being on this path regardless of how slowly I make progress.
I think part of my motivation struggle has been in how slow the weight loss has been for me despite having done literally everything right. It's annoying to know that my body is just extremely reluctant to drop pounds right now, even when I'm maintaining a 7,000-10,500 calorie deficit each week. One week, I had over a 7000 calorie deficit and actually gained over a pound according to the scale. The next week, I was back down, but not enough to make any sense based on my intake and output. When I'm truly working hard, it's difficult to get no results and keep it up.
Yesterday, though, I spent an hour on the phone with one of my best friends who also happens to be a doctor, and she suggested that I look at other ways I'm making myself healthier. She reminded me that I've lost 10 pounds WHILE I've quit smoking, which is virtually unheard of. She also made me realize that I'm getting less winded doing little things, that I'm actually enjoying sweating, and after suffering with a 2 pepcid plus 10 TUMS a day acid reflux problem for almost a year, I haven't had to take even a single TUMS in over a month, let alone a pepcid or anything else. These are undeniable health improvements, and really, the inside needs to change more than the outside!
All of that (this is a bit of a rambling post - I apologize) to say that I think I'm over this mental plateau. Maybe now my body will break through some more physical ones! I know there will be more road blocks and hard times ahead, but I'm excited to be cruising again!