Saturday, January 18, 2014
I have recently changed my approach to "dieting". I decided that I am no longer going to diet. I need a lifestyle change instead. A change that includes normal portion sizes, exercising and having a better outlook on life.
I started off great. I lost 5 pounds in the first week. I felt better physically after I started exercising. I started to think in a positive light and my moods improved. Things weren't perfect, but I was on cloud nine....until weigh in today.
The number on the scale hadn't change from last week!
I started to thing negatively. Why am I doing this? Why make a lifestyle change if my body isn't going to change. I have been exercising, I have been logging all my food and staying in the goal ranges. Why push myself if in the end nothing changes?
Then I remembered a quote that I read yesterday. "The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long." The longer that I thought about it the more I decided that I'M NOT GIVING UP. I am doing this for my children and for myself. I will not back down.
A list of things started to form in my head. I feel better. My back doesn't hurt as much. I feel like I have lost weight, even if the scale doesn't agree. My clothes are looser. During work outs I don't want to quit 5 minutes into it (not gonna lie-it's more like half way in now). I realized that I had a non-scale victory. The number didn't go down, but I feel better, my clothes aren't as tight as before. I stumbled in my dedication, but I did not fall.
"Dreams don't work unless YOU do."