I’m up 0.8 lbs this week.
My weekend indulgences probably contributed to this, so it didn’t come as a huge surprise. What did come as a huge surprise was my attitude after seeing my weigh in number.
This is normally the point where I’d either give up or feel discouraged. And I did feel discouraged at first, not gonna lie. I’m used to coming up with excuses for weight gains, and I immediately began doing that in my head (water retention, hormones, etc.).
But then I stopped making excuses and I started thinking about everything I did right over the last week. I have so many “wins” so far that have nothing to do with my body’s relationship with gravity.
This week I noticed my pants fitting better. A pair of shorts that is normally tight to the point of being uncomfortable is now a little bit loose. The scale may not have changed much but my body already has.
This week I worked out 5 times. I went to the gym on Friday after work instead of happy hour. I went to another 8 a.m. Saturday Zumba class. And…
This week I walked into a group class I’d never attended (Tabata — a high intensity interval workout). I was terrified because I knew it was going to be hard. And I was right — it was the hardest workout I’ve ever done! I was still panting when I got in my car to head home, but I felt SO F$%#ING STRONG that I got through it and pushed myself to keep going.
This week I was naturally waking up around 7 a.m. every morning. I had time to mindfully eat my breakfast, prepare my lunch, and enjoy some free time before getting ready for work.
This week two friends told me I look like I’ve lost weight.
This week I spent a lot of time out doing stuff and not much time on the couch.
I don’t plan on constantly slipping up. But I accept that it’s going to happen sometimes. It doesn’t mean I’m any less dedicated to what I’m trying to do, it simply means I’m human (a human who happens to really like wine). There will be weeks where I do everything perfectly and don’t lose or even gain. There may even be weeks when I eat terribly but still lose weight (I’m really hoping this happens on my upcoming cruise!). I’m aware this is all part of the process. The unexplained losses and gains are also a major reason why it can be so easy to just give up.
What matters most is that I keep going. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.