Not giving up, no matter what!

Friday, April 01, 2011

I'm up 1.2 lbs today. No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke. I'm not discouraged, hopeless, or frustrated. I did Level 1 of Jillian Michael's "30 Day Shred" 3 days ago. Today I can almost walk normally. The past 2 days I was limping around, groaning when I stood up or sat down; it was comical.

I know sometimes people won't change their weight tickers if the weight is up. I did it for a reason. I'm hoping to inspire others to not give up! In my posts I often write about how the scale can fluctuate. I have been tracking my food & eating within my calories this week. So how can the scale be up? Well, it happens sometimes. I think it's because my muscles are healing. Muscles can retain water, did you know that? But, for whatever reason, my weight is up 1.2 lbs. And I'm not worried because I know it will go back down.

When I joined SP 12+ weeks ago I made a commitment to myself that I would NEVER GIVE UP, no matter what! That means, no matter what! That means I am not quitting because the scale didn't give me the number I wanted. I am not quitting because I re-gained 1.2 lbs. I read so many posts & blogs from members who are ready to give up if they "only" lost .5 lb that week or if the scale isn't moving. It is normal for weight loss to vary; it happens even when we're doing everything right. I'm here to show you that I am not going to beat myself up or stop my healthy lifestyle changes just because the scale is up this week.

I'm not even upset about it in the least. Really! Because every day I feel better & better. Because I'm fitting into clothes I haven't worn in a very long time. Because I have more energy. Because I'm eating healthy and my skin looks great. Because I no longer make excuses why I can't go to the gym. Because I want to be an example to my SparkFriends & teammates.

If you read my last blog about "putting it in writing" (or if you didn't, read it now!) I wanted to put this in writing: I will never give up. I will keep working towards my goals and then I will maintain my healthy lifestyle. I will be here to support & encourage all my SparkFriends and then to work together to keep the weight off.

So don't beat yourself up and don't give in. We will all reach our goals, eventually. There will be ups & downs, just like in life. Simply make a commitment that you will never give up, no matter what!
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    Did you say, glowing skin, loose clothes, inches lost, & EnErGy ???? ((( wow! )))

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Double Flips & a Happy Dance!
    Those are such rewarding results!! You are Blessed!

    Rock on....I'm done with number games too....def with you!! ~ Laura
    2550 days ago
    Great attitude! This is why you are the motivation leader for the Teddy Bears, way to set the example! This is also why it is important for our team to celebrate NSV's and our inching to it thread! It's not always about what the scale says, but rather how we are feeling, or how our bodies are changing, how our clothes are fitting! Thanks for sharing this blog, I am sure it will inspire many who weren't impressed with their first weigh in for the 5% challenge. We have 7 more weeks to make the scale move. Keep it up with Jillian's DVD's, she is amazing and you'll get amazing results. If you like 30 day shred, you should work up to her Ripped in 30! Killer, but worth it.
    2550 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! It takes a while to learn this, but I don't allow the scale to have the power over me that it might have when I was relatively early to the weight-loss process. As fickle as feelings can be, so can the scale. Staying the course -- with plenty of built-in flexibility -- or getting back on course as soon as possible has been crucial to my success!

    You are most wise!
    2550 days ago
    Thank you dear friend for posting this great and encouraging blog. I sure needed the push also to keep on keeping on! My weight goes up and down depending on the sodium and other factors and it is easy to get discouraged!! You are doing great and I'm so proud of you!!

    2906 days ago
    Thanks for this blog I needed it because I think about giving up so often lately and sometimes havent changed ticker because of weight gain. So thanks I actually gained 4 pounds this week and wasnt going to change ticker but now I am.
    Also I am not giving up because I can do it and so can you.
    2906 days ago
  • REYVE01
    You are so right... don't give up. It was hard for me to raise my weight too... even though I know my 7 pounds of weight gain in one day was due to surgery, it HURT SOOOOO BAD. I did not want to hear it... I want my 7 pounds back. I did lose 2.5 already, but I feel like a whole month of hard work was gone in an instance. PLUS.... it put me back in the two hundreds.

    Even though you know your weight gain is muscle or temporary water retention, it still hurts. But you are right, keep doing the right thing because you said you want to be healthy... as long as you work towards healthy, skinny will come. emoticon stay educated on the importance of health not the scale. You are very wise....
    2908 days ago
  • CHAR1970
    Well said! I've heard that runners will often keep water for a few days after a race. This is probably the same idea. Congrats on your gym streak!
    2908 days ago
    emoticon What a emoticon attitude!!!
    2908 days ago
  • KRISTI2661
    Congrats on finding such a positive attitude. Your perspective is so right on. We all need to realize these things and NEVER GIVE UP! Thank you my dear Spark Friend, thank you!

    2908 days ago
    You always make me feel good and encouraged. We all know it's more than numbers on the scale, it's about health, mind and body. Thank you. emoticon emoticon
    2908 days ago
  • TERESA159
    Right on!!!! Scale's just one measure and we know it's got a mind of its own. Keep on Sparking!

    2908 days ago
  • SHRINK71
    SUCH a fantastic attitude! Awesome! All those NSVs, both ohysical & psychological, speak so much more to your progress & successes than a number on the scale. Yay you!!!
    2908 days ago
    You have been doing so well. There are so many things that you have accomplished and just because the scale fluctuated, never makes you a failure!

    Keep on going!
    2908 days ago
    Yay you! I think you must have stolen those pounds from me, because I was down 1.5 this morning after a little "resting period" of ten days. You are right - I don't stress about it either. I've had two of those "rests" in the (almost) three months we've been doing this, and I figure they are just periods where your body is adjusting before moving to the next phase. They were evenly spaced out too - about six weeks apart - so there is obviously some grand scheme by my body. That's why you never see it mentioned because it's incidental. I think you and I and our other buddies from our "class of" are doing great!!
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    2908 days ago
    We can both do weight is up another 1.7 lbs in just the past 10 days. Today is the first day of a brand new month...another chance to start fresh. Together we can do this together!!!

    2908 days ago
  • LINDAJ0621
    Great attitude and good advice for us all to follow..thank you! Your encouragement and advice help keep me going!

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    2908 days ago
    I just love your attitude!!! I am so glad you did not let this get you down because you are right you will be below that in no time!! Thank you for being an inspiration!!
    2908 days ago
  • ROSIE777
    You are so right my sweet friend. . .in a couple of days you will drop down again. Thank you so much for encouraging myself & others to keep going. You ROCK my sweet friend. emoticon
    ¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) ♥¸.•*¨)† Many Blessings, Rosie
    (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•*´¨`* ♥☆¸.•*´¨`*♥☆

    2908 days ago
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