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Don't we all deserve constant affirmation?

Friday, July 13, 2018

I'll admit, I need a constant stream of affirmation. The "atta girls" keep me going. In work, when I write something I think is amazing, I need plenty of folks to *tell* me it is amazing. If I design something cool, I need everyone to say "you are brilliant" regularly.

No less is true of my weight-loss journey. But the affirmations aren't coming.

Turned down that pie? Good job! Here's a tenth of a pound loss!

Said no to the office doughnut? Congrats! That's earned you a a half-a-pound loss on the scale!

Met your step goal every day? That gets you baggy jeans!

When a day like today rolls around where I've been spot-on all week (since the Sunday debacle described in my last post) and the scale hasn't affirmed my dedication, my dedication wanes. Where is the weigh-loss kudos for staying on plan?

That irritating voice of reason in the back of my head reminds me I didn't gain this weight overnight. Four days of eating healthy does not a healthy person make.

I know that.

So this is what I have to do: stay the course. The affirmations will come, albeit slower and in less obvious ways. It may not be a scale loss or even a clothes fit...it might only be the internal feeling of satisfaction knowing I DID IT. It might only be the reduced ache in my knees, if I think about it long enough. It might only be a pulse that reduced one beat per minute in my resting state. Yep...all the NSV stuff.

So here's to keeping going during the plateau.

One step at a time.

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