Saturday, April 13, 2013

Don't Give Up...Don't Look Back

It seems like weight comes on quickly, but takes forever to get off.  It's even tougher for me than it used to be when I first started my weight loss "project" in 2005.  I'm not getting any younger!  ;)  The things that used to work to get the weight off don't work as well anymore.

Most of the time, I'm very motivated to eat healthy and keep working out, but as you know, some days are tougher than others.  Some days you feel like you are missing out on things.  Some days you get tired of calorie counting.  Some days you don't feel like worrying about health or weight anymore.

Then, there are excuses, like the fact that I'm living in this miserable climate...

...and after I spent the last month food journaling religiously, eating clean the majority of the time, working out regularly, and giving up alcohol, I GAINED four pounds.  Really?!

My goals seem more and more difficult to reach every day - and even when I do reach them, I'm not going to look like I did when I was 18, right?  So, what keeps you going during these bad plateaus and blue times?

I can't give up.  Yesterday, I really wanted to give up.  I wanted to eat a junk food lunch, skip the gym, then grab a pizza and a bottle of wine for dinner.  But, I didn't.  We ordered food for a lunch meeting at work, where I could've easily eaten something terrible, but I ate a clean 294 calorie lunch and fruit later.  I went to the gym, not the liquor store.  We made scallops and mashed cauliflower for dinner, not pizza.  

I pushed through a tough day because I'm looking forward.  This is backwards and I'm not going there again!

  • I used my support system: I vented my weight gain to two of my friends who are also trying to lose weight.  Then, my husband encouraged me to go to the gym and pushed me HARD when I was there.
  • I re-visited my goals:  This is what I want.  I'm not sure when I will get it all, but I have to keep working toward it.
  • I remembered: Every day is a new day!