Monday, May 06, 2013
"Wow, you've gained some weight, haven't you??!" That was my comment this morning from a co-worker.
I started the P90X program about two weeks ago, after a rapid weight gain. I let work stress me out, keep me late, and stopped all my healthy habits. I stopped my 3-5 days a week of soccer/ultimate frisbee, and I stopped my yoga. I worked late, so couldn't make these. I was too tired to get up before work for my normal power yoga home workouts. And I turned to fatty foods to deal with the stress.
This all lead to a 20 pound weight gain in a matter of a few months.
I knew it, it was obvious in how I looked. A few people, when I mentioned it, would sympathetically nod. So, I finally decided to take back control: not let my job destroy my health, my routine, and thus my self-esteem.
I have now done 16 days of healthy eating, and working out intensely an average of 5 days per week.
And the weight hasn't budged. But I keep going - knowing it's good for me.
But today, it was a blow to my self confidence and self image. Two co-workers, within 2 hours of showing up at work, made comments on my weight gain.
I can tell myself it's that i'm wearing a less flattering blouse today - perhaps it doesn't hide the gain as well, but I know that's not true. The truth is simply that: I have gained weight. It is in my hips, my stomach, my arms, and my face.
It is hard to hear the truth so bluntly, but it would be harder still to let this get me down and give up. I need to use this, instead, to continue my momentum.
yes, I have gained weigh - BUT JUST YOU WATCH! I will get it back off! I will show you IT CAN BE DONE! It takes discipline, it takes time, but it is possible, and IT IS WORTH IT!
Push past those hard comments, push past the self doubt and self pity, and claim your body! Claim your health!
I Will Succeed! I AM Succeeding -- every day, by taking steps forward. By not giving up. By hanging in there, even when it's difficult.
And you will succeed, too! You likely ARE succeeding already, just in the fact that you're HERE with Spark people!
How are you taking steps to keep succeeding day after day, or even just minute by minute?