Recently, I had an emotional break down about my weight loss journey. I started this journey back in January and felt I was giving it my all. I had not had a cookie, slice of cake, lick of frosting, spoonful of ice cream at all, until last weekend. I made sure I worked out at least 5-6 days a week, some weeks 7 days but the scale would not move beyond the already 15 pounds I lost up until last month. I did realize my clothes were fitting extremely better, I understood muscle weight is more than fat but I wanted the scale to move. I started to have these crazy thoughts come in my head like, "why do it the right or healthy way, just go on another liquid diet like last year and lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks, why, why, why". Until, I went to the doctors and came to my senses.
1. The liquid diet obviously didn't work! Yes, I lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks but not only did I quit after 14 days, I gained not only the 15 pounds I lost but an additional 13 pounds back (what a waste).
2. My body must have adapted to what I've been doing over these last few weeks and it was time to take it to another level.
3. Nothing worth having does not come easy, I must work hard, stay focus, stay dedicated and, most importantly NEVER GIVE UP!!
4. My visit to the doctor earlier this week I received some exciting news. I learned my blood pressure in December was 130/80 (within normal range but high normal) was now 110/70 (WOW) that is considered VERY GOOD, almost athletic level which is 105/75 and considered EXCELLENT).
All the above plus more helped me to realize I must keep pushing forward, I will not quit, my body is not only changing on the outside but most importantly inside (my heart).
Here I am on day 81, the longest I have ever committed to any weight loss/ healthy lifestyle change and I have accomplished SO much. (I started off with long walks, that turned into me jogging and, now I am running intervals on 6mph!! That alone is a huge accomplishment for me and the list goes on).
I believe my body adapted to what I did to lose the first 15 pounds (I still have roughly 42 pounds to go) and it is now time to make changes. I started using Webmd.com weight loss planner to track food log, I increased my cardio's duration, intensity and, decreased my daily calories (I no longer eat every 3 hours, now only the first half of my day I do). Making those changes the scale already dropped 2 additional pounds, totaling 17 pound weight loss. I am starting to feel the weight just coming off.
I guess what I am trying to say is Never give up! I could have easily let those negative thoughts over power me but I didn't!! I could have given up when the numbers on the scale didn't move but I didn't. I came to my senses quickly, revisited why I started this journey in the first place, re-evaluated my weight loss plan, made the changes and, guess what it worked!!
Below you will find another great motivating message from JoePaulSpeak's blog. I hope it is as meaningful and helps you as much as it has for me. :-)
**(I will upload my March photos on 3/31/12)**