When the Honeymoon's Over
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
My first few weeks on a new health regime are always full of motivation, optimism, and hope. I lose a little bit of weight and feel great about that. Then for some unknown reason, the shine wears off, real life sets in, and I return to my old ways. The old ways that keep me overweight, self-conscious, groggy, and grumpy. Lately I've been feeling really unmotivated. I've had that annoying (and totally untrue) thought that maybe I'm just meant to stay at the weight and size I am. Life is busy, and the fat girl inside me just wants to eat. And sleep.
It occurred to me this morning that when the honeymoon's over, the real journey is just beginning. Much like marriage, love, devotion, and dedication are put to the test when the pretty wears off. So instead of chalking this up to another great spark that fizzled out, I'm in it for the long haul. Is every day calorie perfect? Uh, no. Am I following my self-imposed Turbo Jam 90 day schedule to the letter? Nope. But am I eating healthier and making better choices daily? Yes. Am I exercising every day, even if it's not to a DVD player? Yes. Do I thoroughly enjoy being part of the SP community? Yes.
I'm on Week 8 of my SparkPeople journey, and I am so close to losing a full 10 pounds. I've lost about 8 lbs. and have already hit a small plateau. It's clear that I'll need to tweak my diet and/or exercise, and have a lot of patience. I'm not giving up because I'm busy, tired, or frusturated.
The reality is that I'm changing jobs. The reality is that my daughter is sick and I'm worried. The reality is that my house is a wreck. The reality is that life doesn't have a pause button for me stop the world and pull things together. At one time I would use my realities as excuses NOT to change my diet or exercise. But now I see that they are the very reasons TO do these things.
I guess it's hitting me that this is what it's all about. People that reach their weight loss and fitness goals are called Success Stories for a reason. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it!