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Progress Not Perfection

Monday, September 24, 2012

I loved the video message from Spark Coach today and it came at the perfect time! Sparkguy said to "pretend for a moment that gravity doesn't exist....everything is weightless. You don't know how much you weigh because scales haven't been invented. How would you define your state of health if weight didn't exist."

Wow....what a great way to approach things when the scale is not your friend!

I've been back on SparkPeople for about a month now and I was beginning to get discouraged that despite staying within my calorie range, eating health foods, getting more consistent with my workouts, and being more mindful of eliminating toxins in my body and environment that I was not seeing much downward movement on the scale. I have lost 5 lbs. and about 5 inches, which although I'm thankful for, is not setting any records in reducing my weight and body fat. In the past I have lost that much in a week, not a month!

But I CAN see some definite improvement in other areas!

* I'm more enthusiastic about the whole process and not viewing this as torture! I feel good about making healthy choices and am excited to be back on the path towards a healthier, more fit body.

* Most days I do have more energy and find that I am not procrastinating doing things that I don't necessarily enjoy doing.

* My clothes are starting to fit a little better!

* My outlook has improved! I never really considered that I was depressed, but now that I have an improved outlook I can really see that I did have some of the signs and symptoms of being mildly depressed.

*While I won't go so far as to say that I look forward to working out, I have stopped dreading the workouts (well all except the running!) One of my teams has a dance challenge thread and I have found that I really enjoy that type of exercise. I've also found that I tend to be more consistent if I break the workouts into smaller segments like 10 or 15 minutes at a time done a few times throughout the day. I don't dread the workouts as much if I know that I will be done in 15 minutes as opposed to an hour or more. Just that shift in perception has helped tremendously!

*My cravings for sugar and processed foods are not as strong! I don't feel as deprived in giving up some of my favorite foods and am gravitating towards healthier choices.

Overall I feel really good about the process. I'm really glad to be back and this time I am more focused on the journey instead of the destination. I do sometimes want to throw my scale out the window and wish that I was losing faster, but I am starting to see some progress and my mantra is "progress not perfection". I'm going to focus on those non-scale victories and for now I can pretend that gravity doesn't exist and not let a number on the scale define me or my progress.

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    Good Motto: Progress Not Perfection

    I am at a standstill after losing 5 pounds this month. In the old days I might get discouraged, but I am enjoying the way I FEEL from good diet and exercise. That is my reward...the pounds off will come. Your blog was for me. Thank you!
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  • CAROLYN0107
    It looks like you're making fine progress!
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    I loved your post Bonnie! I wanted to buy a scale and I'm so glad I didn't.

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