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DISCOURAGED BRIEFLY, BUT FORGING ON

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."
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SETAGOAL1 1/19/2014 7:37PM

    Don't give up on yourself. You are the only one that can make it happen for you. You have the power to succeed or fail.

You have chosen to succeed.

Janet


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TEAROSE22 1/18/2014 6:15PM

    It is great that you have been able to rationally sort out your progress aside from the scales. It seems like once every 7 or 8 weeks, I experience a scale freeze. Being able to ignore the scale, align my continual progress, and move ahead had taken some time, but has been well worth it. This is not about the scale winning, it is about us winning! Good luck and have a great week.

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