Struggles and triumphs
Monday, February 10, 2014
This blog was inspired by someone else who was honest with their weight loss journey which helped others. I figured maybe what I have to say might help someone else too. I don't know if I'm going to consistently blog or if this will be the first and last time but I thought I'd share my own struggles and triumphs with losing weight so far, since I got serious in October of 2013.
I am discovering what works for me and what doesn't. I have learned that if I take every piece of advice to heart I will be one miserable person and I won't make any progress. I have learned to go at my own pace as long as I'm challenging myself and moving forward, which I know I am. I remember when I could not keep my calorie intake under control for one week let alone add exercise to my daily schedule. I now can keep my calorie intake within range as well as meet carb, fat, protein, fiber, sodium and vitamin c levels on most days. I still binge but it is getting farther and farther apart. I now realize that I can't completely cut out the junk or I binge which has changed from the beginning of my journey. In the beginning I couldn't eat any junk because I couldn't control myself once I started.
For me it has been a roller coaster ride. I would do really well then something would upset me and I would turn to food for comfort. When I got to the place where I started being more honest with myself and my feelings, it got easier to turn to other things for relief. Like exercising to distress, writing in a journal or talking to someone about the tough stuff when it came up, instead of stuffing those feelings down like I had learned to do for so long. Don't get me wrong I still have bad habits but they have gotten WAY better and I know that I am going to conquer them one by one, if I just keep going. Even if my progress is painfully slow sometimes.
I'm also exercising WAY more. I went from hardly getting any exercise to last months total being 1350 minutes. This month I’m aiming for 1500. It used to be so hard and I didn't enjoy it. My body was working so hard to get rid of all the toxins I had fed it for so long that I didn't have any energy. Once I started eating more fruits, veggies and foods that were loaded with nutrients, I noticed I actually felt better after I worked out and I had more energy to do it.
Another thing I have discovered about myself along this journey is for every 3 steps I take forward, I take 2 steps back. So now that I know that about myself I have decided to do everything I can to make those 3 steps forward 10 times better than the 2 I take back. Hopefully that will work but if not I’ll just have to adjust my plan again until I find something that does work.
I know I still have a long way to go and sometimes I want to give up because my progress is so SLOW but then I look for motivation here and find it every time. And who knows, maybe someone might find my experience just the motivation they need. Even if it's just to make someone feel better about their own progress by comparing it to mine.
Wishing all a blessed and joyous journey!