Moving Forward

How Far You've GottenIt’s so nice when we can see results for all of our efforts.  It’s good to keep pushing towards our goal no matter what, but it sure is easier to stay the course when you can see actual results.  I have stayed the course for many months now and while I am proud of myself for doing so even though I was not necessarily seeing the results on the scale it’s nice to be seeing some payoff on the scale again.  I finally feel like I am moving forward again.

I am happy to report that I was down 1 lb. today and that makes a total of 3.6 lbs. in the last two weeks so as you might imagine, I am overjoyed!  I know it may not seem like much, but this is the first two-week period in which I have seen consecutive 1 lb. + losses in a LONG time!

Weight 5.23.14

 

So, to what do I owe my success?  I think it’s a combination of things, the most important of which being my meticulous tracking.  The fact that I have been successful since I went back to accurate and detailed tracking tells me just how far off course I had gotten with that.  I also believe that a reasonable exercise regimen (rather than the crazy amounts I was trying to pack in a few months ago) along with a renewed positive attitude are making all the difference in the world.

After being “stuck” for so long, I know my attitude was not as positive as it needed to be.  Like anyone, I have been feeling frustrated and sometimes, in the quiet moments alone, I have found myself secretly wondering if I really could do this.  Of course I know that I can, but when those numbers aren’t moving on the scale, it’s very easy to start to doubt yourself.  I know from experience that self-doubt can be the biggest hindrance to success, but I am human and can’t always prevent myself from going there.  The key is to recognize when self-doubt is creating an obstacle and find a way to move past it.

A few weeks ago I talked to you about making choices you could be proud of and I am still using that tool and I have to tell you, it is making all of the difference for me.  I am proud of the fact that I am doing better with my tracking and I find myself really feeling proud when I am faced with a situation in which it would be very easy to sneak food or to make a really poor choice and I resist the urge.  It’s a cycle; when I feel good about myself, I make good choices and when I make good choices, I feel good about myself.

Even when things are tough, remember that you can always find something positive to focus on.  If the number isn’t moving on the scale, you still need to take pride in every good choice you make and every small victory you have for they will one day all add up to big success.

 

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