Day 15 Check In...
Exercise - 45 minute Zumba Exhilarate!
Calories - 1270
Fiber - 33
Freggies - 6!
I realized something today. The longer I get into this journey, the easier it is to recover from my off (or rebellious) days. We are all going to have days that are not perfect, and that is ok. The important thing is that we don't let it deter us from our ultimate goal of great health.
Here are a few things that I have learned from my many, many mistakes on this journey!
1) Blogging helps! Once I have talked about where things went wrong, it helps me to get past it. Denial and keeping things a secret are what got me to where I was.
2) Get over it! I know that sounds kind of blunt, but that is what I have to tell myself. So, I messed up. It's not the end of the world! Everyone makes mistakes, so get over it and move on!
3) I can control my thoughts. This one sounds strange, too, but for some reason, it took me years and years to realize this! I first learned it when I went to counseling for my depression and anxiety back in my early 30s. I learned not to let my thoughts run away with me. That inner dialogue we always have going on in our heads is a very powerful tool. We can use it to tear ourselves down or build ourselves up. I had to consciously make an effort to tell myself positive things (even if I did not believe it). I told myself what I wanted to be true... "You are not afraid. You are a beautiful person. You are valuable. You have a lot to offer. This depression will not last. I can handle anything." And now, it has helped on the weight loss journey as well... "I can eat healthy. I love to exercise. I will succeed. I will be a healthy weight again." It really makes a difference. I did not believe it when I first started, but now I can totally visualize myself at a healthy weight again. I just have to be patient while it happens.
4) Spark People is my secret weapon. Now that people can really tell a difference in how I look, the most common question is, "What are you doing?" We all want the magic pill or easy way to weight loss. While we all know there is no "easy" way, there is one thing that is different this time, and that is Spark People! It has made all the difference in the world. All the tools are right there for us if we will just use them. The tracking makes it so easy to see exactly where you are and the support of the community is invaluable!!!
I can't say it enough...thank you to you, my SparkFriends, for sharing this journey with me! I cannot wait until we all reach our goals together!!!