Now THIS is what I'm talking about!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

It's been days since I felt really motivated. I've battled low self-esteem, nighttime eating, laziness and name it. Once I fall off the wagon it's tough to get back on, and lately I've felt like the wagon left me behind.

Yesterday, though, the sun was shining, both literally and metaphorically. I had a fantastic day - I even got off my behind and worked out! - and today promises to be more of the same.

I don't know what changed, though I'm pretty sure a good part of it is hormonal. Mid-cycle I tend to have more energy and a more positive outlook. But I also think I'm just fed-up. When the sun is shining and the air is fresh and light, I want to feel light right along with it. I get the urge to spring-clean my mind and body.

I'm also feeling positive about my slow progress. Any other time I would have lost considerably more weight by now. I started back on Spark People on February 21 and I've lost 9.8 pounds since then. But the thing is, by losing slowly, I know I'm more likely to keep it off. And I also know I'll have more opportunities to learn and grow if this process is slow and steady. Sure, it would be great to lose the weight quickly, but I'm cool with this.

Finally, I'm thrilled that, despite my lack of motivation, I'm still here. I'm still logging on every single day, reading blog posts, writing some of my own posts, and generally being active on SP. I'm not giving up, and now I know I WON'T give up.
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    slow is a good thing that means you are working on lifestyle changes not dieting.. that is good.
    you will get there.. hang in there. and when that sun is shining get outside and live.. it really helps with the low self esteem and down and outs.. i wish the sun would shine every day. emoticon
    3850 days ago
    I have to keep fighting not to be jealous of those who are losing weight a lot faster than I am. I always thought if I ever got series about losing weight and did the right things (which I'm now doing) that it would all fall into place and the weight would come off. I have lost only 5-7 pounds in 3 months. But I just keep telling myself that there is no deadline, really, and losing some is certainly better than gaining. And that's what would have happened if I hadn't made some changes.

    I think you're doing great...keep it up!
    3863 days ago
    I remember when I first started, I made the mistake of comparing my weight loss progress with that of others. My weight loss seemed to be so slow. But as months went by, I realized I was losing and now, 10 months later, I am 4 pounds from my goal. SLOW AND STEADY is the way! Don't rush to get there because every road will get you to where you are going.
    Weight loss is just like driving: You exponentially increase your chances for "crashing" the faster you go!!
    3865 days ago
    Your so close to the 10 pound mark, that's fantastic. I read your DVD reviews and so want to try the Yoga one that you loved so much now. My daughter loves to work out with me too, so maybe I'll try the childrens one you recommend.
    Thank You!
    3865 days ago
    This is only my 2nd day and the things you have said are the reasons that I didn't get started sooner. It seems something always got in my way. So I really know what you mean. I have tried everything and I have several health issues to deal with too that cause me to always give up:( But I feel like I am finally on the right track and I'm ready to get sparked!! Thank you for saying all you said because you spoke MY mind:) Don't give up!! You can do it too:)

    3865 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/4/2010 12:53:00 PM
    emoticon on your weight loss so far...Keep up the good work and you will reach your goals.
    3865 days ago
    Even though we want to see those results right now, sometimes slow and steady wins the race.
    I know I didn't get her overnight and I now know I have to do this with one step at a time.
    Keep on posting and getting the motivation to get back on that wagon.
    3865 days ago
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