Sunday, March 31, 2013
I realized something this morning. I know I've heard this before, but it was like a light bulb today. I don't get why, it just was.
The reason so many people, including me, give up on this weight loss journey. We work hard. Some days very VERY hard. Exercise. Nutrition. Doing one good thing a day is better than no good things, but it's not enough. It comes down to every minute. Every choice you make. Every bite of food you put into your mouth, or don't. For me, if I don't eat enough freggies through the day, or drink enough water, I start to crave. I know it's not possible to exercise for hours on end, but it still comes down to decisions. Are you going to just sit there and watch tv, or are you going to get up and get moving. Clean the house, take the dogs out. Anything. Just move. Then of course comes the vigorous activity every day. Are you going to "half-a$$" it - just do the bare minimum to get through it? Or are you going to give it your all to make the most of that time you've set aside?
And after you do all of that, and do your best, YOU WILL NOT SEE PROGRESS FOR A WHILE! Here's where it gets frustrating. Part of us expect to see results soon. Even weekly. A loss in weight. An increase in strength. An increase in how far/fast you can run. Changes in measurements. Any improvement. However it takes a long time for those to change. For your body to actually burn the fat, it's a whole long metabolic process. It takes time. What you most often see soonest is a drop in water weight. Increase in strength? Your body has to BUILD the muscle. It takes time to do that. It's not going to happen over night. Same with the physiological changes to your body to help you run faster/farther. Your heart and lungs need to adapt, as well as your muscles.
That's what makes this all so hard. I need to find other ways to track my progress. Things I can feel proud of accomplishing daily, and weekly. Monthly I should be able to see some of these other areas progress.
I need to find small motivators. What will get me out the door today and how will I feel at the end of TODAY. How can I feel good about what I did TODAY. Period. No more worrying about the long term goals. At least for TODAY.
Eating in my range feels good. Knowing I ate fuel and not padding. That I am doing what is right for my body
But that's not enough.
I need to find ways to feel good about my exercise. Not only that I've done it, but that I've done my best. I didn't just go through the motions. I honestly worked my body. That I love my body enough to work it out and EARN a strong, lean, healthy body that will carry me through the rest of my life. Fight off these illnesses that have started plaguing me again since the weight gain.
This is the hardest part of my progress/program right now. But it's something I NEED to do .