Have you ever been in a weight loss challenge? I have. In lots. They always seem like a great idea, inspiration, accountability, goals with end dates. Everything the magazines, Instagram and Pinterest tell me I need to reach my goal.
The stress that comes during them is awful and can be not fun. I have been/am part of Facebook groups. When it starts I am all gong ho, did all the research, planned a time to make it happen, I am posting as soon as I have done the work out, hash tagging my meals, super pumped.
At some point the fun turns into annoying torture. The newbie joins the group full of fresh energy, and I want to scream, b/c I don’t care that you ate all your containers………because so did I………and perhaps I have already ate tomorrows as well and drank all the wine to make up the bonus points for the rest of the month.
I have spent $1000’s on weight loss programs, books, video’s, shakes, personal trainer, gym memberships. I will continue to because perhaps there is one out there that I will be able to stick with for life. Also I have learnt so much from each program about what works for me and what doesn’t. I am building on those success to create my healthiest life style. I think that every program works, as long as you can stick with it.
What I think happens in those groups is that someone joins that you don’t like, and then the group that once supported you, turns out to be very annoying. I have created my own little group of friends that I love and most importantly trust. No one that bothers me, just people I want to be accountable in front of and a safe place to share my success and struggles. (who knows maybe in our little group I am the annoying one, that is causing other people to stumble.)
What I actually hope happens is that I will ROCK out a health plan, Drop the last 40lbs to hit my goal and once I hit my goal, be able to just eat healthy, drink what I want, exercise because I enjoy it and NEVER again, be as consumed by the calories I am consuming every second of the day.
One of the biggest struggle for me is maintaining a positive body image in front of our daughter. What I don’t want is for her to have this struggle. To stress out about food, and her body, the way I have been since before I was 12. (12!! I even created an eating disorder in high school and was able to weigh less at my graduation than when I was 12.) When I work out I tell my kids I am getting my fitness in to stay healthy, to keep my heart strong and lifting weights so I can carry them. No word of losing weight or how fat I may feel I am.
We all know the facts it is basic math Calories In Vs. Calories Out. Swap the un healthy habits for healthy ones. I am working on it every minute of the day.
When you see a women you think is beautiful tell her, no matter her age, or weight. We are the people that create life, care for others, and organize lives. We are on a journey to be our best selves and are working with what we have.
If you are looking for me today……I will probably be in the bathroom because I have already drank 3 contigo containers of water, one cup of warm lemon water and a cup of green tea. I am showing up and tracking my food and when I am older I will look back at this time and thank myself for making and sticking to healthy life choices in order to be on this earth with my family as long as possible.
In the end the challenge is with myself, not with anyone else.
What challenge do you face daily?
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson