A ten pound gaindoesn’t sound like a lot, but it is! When you lose 10 pounds, it can mean a whole new clothing size, or a lot less jiggle, or finally having the confidence to wear sleeveless shirts! It’s a confidence booster and an excellent motivator. It means that shopping is fun! It means that you automatically make better choices because you are taking care of a smaller body. Ten pounds is HUGE…..when it’s gone.
But, it’s also HUGE when it comes back. It means squeezing into clothes that aren’t comfortable anymore. It means digging for or even purchasing larger clothes. It means feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious. It means things jiggle a lot more than they used to. It means you really don’t like what you see in the mirror anymore. It means wondering how the hell it happened and what you’re going to do to stop the land slide. It means kicking yourself when you’re down and just feeling like do whatever because it really doesn’t matter right now because I’ve gained 10 pounds and next week I’m going on vacation (to Disney World where every meal includes dessert, even lunch).
That’s where I am. Actually I’m up 12 pounds, but I’m 10 pounds over my comfortable, I’m-happy-with-the-way-I-look-and-feel-weight.
When you gain weight, it’s really hard to reel yourself back in. I know, because I’m there right now. It’s easy to see why so many people who lose large amounts of weight end up gaining it all back. Once you start that ascent on the scale, you lose your motivation, you feel bad about yourself, and you really don’t feel like doing much of anything. It easy to say screw it and have dessert or that extra large whatever.
It’s easy to just give up and give in.
I’ve said it before, but I’m serious right now…I’m putting it out there for everyone to really see. I’m done with the ascent on the scale, and I’m ready to get back to the business of being healthy and fit. I want to eat only what my body needs. I want to move enough to make my heart beat fast. I want to work my muscles until they’re sore.
Seven years ago I lost 60 pounds, and I’ve managed to keep it off (almost!). Two years ago I trained for a half marathon with Team in Training and I ran 13.1 miles for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Three and a half years ago I started this site to motivate and support and encourage you.
One hour ago I went on a soul searching walk. I realized that I need to stop the madness and start focusing on being the best me I can be, because there will always be an excuse to be made, an obstacle in the way, a reason to say ‘screw it’. I need to dig deep and get back to the basics. No more excuses.
What about you? Are you struggling right now? Have you gained weight? Are you injured and unable to exercise? What’s your story?
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