Wednesday, May 14, 2014
My first short term goal was to lose 20lbs by May 12th. That gave me 10 weeks from the time that I really started buckling down with this new lifestyle, and there were times when I wasn't sure if I would be able to reach it. There were the "hollow" days when I felt like I couldn't get enough food in my body no matter how much I ate. There were the days that held disappointment over my progress and I was tempted to quit and just be fat. There were days when I found any and every excuse to get out of exercising or taking the stairs or just getting up and moving my behind.
But along with those days were the ones when I stepped on that scale and saw it move down. The days when I actively took control of my eating and made great choices, and allowed myself a small indulgence and felt great about it. The days when I went out to eat and actually WANTED a nice crunchy salad with grilled chicken instead of cheese enchiladas and queso. The days when I walked 3 miles and then jumped in the pool to tread water for 45 minutes. The days when my pants kept slipping down because of the inches I had lost.
As I reflect on my progress over the last 10 weeks, I have to conclude that I had substantially more great days than I did bad. This is the key to my success. This is about focusing on the positive changes I've made and not dwelling on my mistakes. This is not a diet....this is my life. It's a complete change in my thinking about what and why I eat. This is not about never having chocolate/cake/cookies again, but learning to eat them in moderation as a rarity instead of the norm. It's about taking control of my life and knowing that I can do this.
So, goal met and next challenge accepted.