Whoot whoot! After a week and a half in Denver with no scale to speak of, I arrived home and weighed in yesterday, having lost another 6 pounds and officially hitting -75 pounds lost since surgery. I’m still in a little shock over how far I’ve come in such a short time. Every time I seem to feel my progress has slowed, I look back over the prior 30 days and I am always amazed. I’m plugging along and progress is being made.
It’s funny. When I travel, I am very methodical about my eating, but my exercise tends to go by the wayside a bit. My hours are all messed up and that makes getting in the rhythm feel more difficult. When I’m home, I don’t seem to be a regimented about my eating but my exercise is spot on. So, I guess it’s a balance.
The question I get most often is “what advice do you have…”. I certainly do not profess to have any answers to anything, but I do have some personal insights that I can share. Things I’ve learned and tried apply personally along the way.
- It really is a marathon. It is not a sprint. Progress takes time to see, feel, and believe.
- “Bad Days” are going to happen, but really, is it a bad day, or a bad choice? And if it’s a bad choice, can’t that be offset by two or three better choices?
- Treat yourself like you would a good friend. I know I personally am not outwardly critical when someone is struggling. Why, then, do I think it’s okay to be critical of myself?
- Back away from the scale. Obsession with the numbers will be defeating in the end. I personally vary in weight from hour to hour, day to day so what’s the point in weighing every day or ever hour? Zero. If I weight a week and weigh in on the same day, at about the same time, I tend to see a shift in the scale in the downward direction…and even if it’s just a few ounces, it’s worth celebrating.
- Which brings me to celebrating. I prepared a list of small celebrations for every 5 pounds and then bigger celebrations for larger milestones — none of which are food related. I really look forward to hitting those marks.
- Indulge along the way. I am not a purist. I have had Recess peanut butter mini-cups, a few at a time along the way. But I will tell you, I’ve had far more broccoli than Recess. It’s about balance.
- Measurements and how I feel far outweigh what I weigh.
- Invest in a few items of clothing in each new size. Before starting I swore I wouldn’t invest in a whole wardrobe until I reached my goal, and I still hold to that, but I have bought a few new jeans/tops/workout clothes. I realized that when I was wearing over-sized clothes, I couldn’t see the changes in my body and I was feeling deflated by that. Wearing clothes that fit my new body have helped my brain adjust.
- Find a person, people, or group to support your healthy journey. I have my people and then I have my blog. It helps me to work out stumbling blocks and celebrate successes when I am not keeping everything to myself. I don’t know where I’d be without my peeps.
- Every day is a new day. Complete with new challenges and successes. Yesterday is full of lessons, not mistakes. Embrace the journey.
So that’s what I’ve learned in my -75 pounds journey. I have a whiles to go still, but not nearly as far as I had to go when I began. I feel incredibly blessed to have my health restored and my energy level returned. So many wonderful adventures to look forward to. There just are no more words.