When I gave up the scale three weeks ago, I posted an index card on the refrigerator that says TRUST THE PROCESS in bold red letters. My hubby asked what it meant. Well, to me it means that I am going to trust that if I eat right, measure my portions, drink my water, exercise and stay active, I will lose weight.
But it really means more than that. Because I'm not in this just to lose weight...I'm in this to gain health, get stronger and improve the quality of my life overall. I'm 53, and I'm determined to make the rest of my life the BEST of my life!
So for the past three weeks, I've been doing my best to stay on track and to make each day as healthy as I possibly could. I've been eating right and getting plenty of exercise. I wasn't even thinking about weight loss at all. I just kept doing "all the right things", and at the end of each day I felt so strong, because I was sticking with my plan. I haven't been perfect, though. I've messed up a couple of times by over eating. But....when I overate, I didn't use it as an excuse to just keep on eating and eating. Instead, I have been able to stop those binges pretty quickly, and get right back on track. In the past, I would think "Oh, I ate two donuts, might as well go have something else to eat because today is already ruined." But now I think "Those two donuts were okay, but that was way too many junky calories. I'm going to eat healthy for the rest of the day." I'm really proud that I have found the inner strength to stop a binge and get right back on track!
And now I have a great NSV (non-scale victory) to share! Yesterday when hubby and I were in the kitchen cooking dinner, he suddenly grabbed the back of my pants and said "These pants are getting looser on you." Believe it or not, I hadn't even noticed it until he mentioned it! But he was right, those pants were looser on me. Not so loose that I had to keep hiking them up or anything, but there was definitely a little more room at the seat and at the waist!
Once he pointed that out to me, I suddenly realized that I've had some other NSV's, too. Ones that don't show up in how I look, but in how I FEEL. (And to me, thats the most important thing.) I feel stronger now. I have more endurance for my workouts and I can move better when I do yoga. I've even started using heavier weights when I do Les Mills Pump!
I will never have a bikini body, and no one will ever call me a beauty queen or a cougar. (Thank God for that.) But I still feel good about my body. I may not look like an athlete on the outside, but I feel like one, and I'm happy with that. I'm going to keep on doing my best to make each day as healthy as possible, and I'm going to trust that as long as I don't give up, I will continue to make progress.