Recently I saw on Facebook a meme that read, “Don’t wait until you reach your goal. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching your goal. This really struck me as I realize that I don’t stop and think about how far I’ve come! I need to get better at this. I tend to get lost in the future. Like “I only have 66 more pounds to go to reach goal” then I calculate how long that will take IF I lose 8 lbs a month etc. I get lost in the details, especially the numbers of it all, but I never think about the numbers that have already come and gone. Like I remember losing 40 lbs, this seemed HUGE to me!! It meant, a different clothing size. Or when I lost 12 inches in my waist last summer. No I get so caught up in the end result that I forget to be proud of the fact that I get up EVERY morning at 3:55am, head to the gym and workout for easily an hour and a half. I’ve done this consistently since April 2014, it’s December. I’ve only missed ONE day since starting this routine and it was because I had a migraine. Otherwise, I’ve been in the gym, some weeks 7 days, but consistently for months. This is something to be proud of, but I never give myself enough credit. This time last year, I was barely going to the gym 3 days a week and even sometimes I just didn’t feel like getting out of bed, so I wouldn’t go!
Another thing I need to be proud of is my nutrition. Always a struggle, I’m finally getting it!! I eat clean 7 days a week for weeks at a time, only having a planned out, mindful cheat meal. I no longer eat processed ANYTHING. I no longer eat/drink pop, baked goods, chips, fast food etc. All of these items have been completely eliminated from my diet. So much so that now when I try to eat them, they taste gross. Now I meal prep, meaning I cut, measure and bag all of my food for the week. Veggies, meat, sweat potatoes. I’ve been much more mindful of what goes into my mouth, how much and how often. I eat with a purpose in mind. This is HUGE!!! This time last year, it wasn’t unlikely that I would sit down with a bag of chips in front of the TV and eat the WHOLE bag, very mindless
. Didn’t even think about it.
Now I think about EVERYTHING I put into my mouth.
I think to myself, “If I eat this now, I won’t be able to enjoy xyz later” It’s a love/hate situation at best, but I now know that everything that goes into my mouth will somehow effect my weight loss goals, either positively or negatively.
Again HUGE for me.
I feel like I’m finally in a place where all the head knowledge I had pre surgery is clicking with what I need to do post-surgery.
The most important thing I can do for myself today, is to be proud of all of the accomplishments I’ve made thus far. I’m down 90 lbs……NINETY!!!! That’s no small feat. Yes I’m not to 100 lbs. lost and I probably won’t be by my first deadline of Dec. 20, but 92lbs is pretty dang amazing. So instead of focusing on falling short, today I choose to focus on going the distance.