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No Weigh In; A Non-Scale Victory Instead!

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

I (purposely) missed my weigh in last Monday.

When I bought that scale in May, I said I would weigh myself once a week. So I got my starting weigh in...and discovered that I was 5 lbs heavier than I thought I was! Not the best news, but I was glad to know where I really was, weight-wise. After weighing in, I got down to business....eating right and working out, doing my best to have a good week. Unfortunately, towards the end of the week, I had a binge. When Monday rolled around again, I dreaded my 2nd weigh in because I knew the scale would be up a bit. Wrong! I'd actually lost .6 of a pound!

Losing that .6 of a pound spurred me on to do even better for the week. I ate healthy foods, I weighed and measured my portions, and I worked out every day except for my rest day. That Monday, I got on the scale thinking that I must have lost at least a couple of pounds, right? Wrong again! I'd gained a pound!

No wonder that when Monday came around again, I was less than enthused about getting on the scale. Yes, I know its just a number, and that the scale is just a tool. But I just did not want to weigh myself. So I didn't. I think that from now on, I'm going to just weigh myself once a month. I know I SHOULDN'T get all caught up in the numbers, but knowing and doing are two different things. So its best for me to not weigh myself so often.

I do have a great non-scale victory to share, though! For Christmas, my hubby bought me Les Mills Pump. It came with a barbell, two 5 lb weight plates, two 10 lb weight plates, and 7 workout DVD's. I started using it on New Years day, but I never got into the rhythm of following the workout plan that also came with it. It seemed like something was always coming up to prevent me from doing the workout. Yes, sometimes I was just making excuses, but sometimes I had real REASONS for not doing it. (Such as when my husband was so ill and then in the hospital with a ruptured appendix.) But after a couple of months of just piddling around with it, I finally did get into the rhythm and started following the workout schedule.

I was doing pretty good with the workout schedule...I started with Pump Basics and moved on to the Pump Challenge....then on to the next DVD which was Pump and Burn. It wasn't easy, but I got through it. Then I tried the next DVD which was Pump and Shred. Its a 45 minute workout and right from the start it was pretty intense for me! I actually couldn't do the whole workout at once. I'd have to pause the DVD at the halfway point and then recover for a few minutes before I could start it back up. I was proud of myself for doing the workout, but my goal was to do it all at once, with no pause in the middle.

On Monday, instead of weighing myself, I said "Today is the day I do that whole workout without stopping!" I didn't know if I could really do it, but I'm a believer in the power of words, so I told myself that I could do it, and that I WOULD do it. So I got started. And when the halfway point came, I was so tempted to stop and rest, but I pushed myself through it. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get through the whole workout, but I told myself "Slow down if you have to, but don't stop!" And to be honest, there were a couple of times when I did have to slow down, but I kept going and I finished the workout! That was my first time getting through the whole Pump and Shred workout, and I'm so proud of myself! To me, that is proof that I am making progress and getting stronger. I'll take a non-scale victory like that any day!

My personal mantra is "Be your own hero!" I felt like a hero when I finished that workout, and I will continue to do my best to be my own hero every day.

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