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Lessons I've Learned

Thursday, April 06, 2017

I weighed this morning and I was 168. That is huge for me. I haven't been in the 160's since 2010.

I've learned a lot this past 8 months. I learned that you don't have to kill yourself to lose weight. You don't have to spend hours at the gym.

I learned that it just takes moving your body. I have made walking part of my daily life. I have learned that I don't have to walk at a runner's pace. It is just important to move. If my hip is bad, I walk slower. That is ok.

I learned that weight loss isn't a race. Everybody loses at different rates. Those rates change at different times. There may be a month where I lost 6 pounds and will lose only 1 the next month.

I learned that the scale is not my enemy. It doesn't always make me happy, but it does help me to gauge where I am at.

I learned to set attainable short term weight loss goals. I don't set an end date. I will set my fitbit app for 10 lbs and strive for that. I set my goal at 165 on January 18. I am 3 lbs from that goal. When I reach that, I will set another 10 lbs. I don't know where I will end up. I haven't decided that yet. I think my body will tell me.

The biggest thing I learned is Don't Give UP! It has taken me so many years to realize that I had given up. I blamed my weight gain on so many thing..the ulcerative colitis, the shoulder surgeries, not being able to show JC. I gave up.

I learned that we all need something to strive for. For me, it was taking in my riding suit. My riding suit is huge and I still haven't taken it in. I probably won't be showing until June if at all this year. At first, I thought well why am I still pushing to lose weight if I'm not showing JC. Then, I realized the biggest lesson of all.... I am doing this for me!

Almost 30 lbs lost since September 2016 :)
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