I am not writing this so that I get a bunch of comments praising me. I'm not seeking out compliments. I really am continuing to feel very proud of the accomplishments I've made in the past 2 months.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let's get to the meat of the post.
I never, ever expected to lose as much weight as I have in such a short period of time (27 pounds in 2 months). I never expected the changes I was making to actually stick and be easy for 2 months.
I've hit my first struggle.
And it isn't even because of anything. I got my period. I'm run down because of it. Other than that... no reason.
I didn't make the most awesome food choices this weekend. I didn't get the amount of exercise in that I would have liked. I just didn't have the desire for it.
I'm ok with that.
And I had a realization.
I've lost a lot of weight.
I'm still fat.
My body has improved tremendously and I can do things I never dreamed I'd be able to do just a few short months ago.
But I'm still fat.
I've made huge, tremendous, amazing strides in the past 2 months.
And I still have a long way to go.
Again, I'm not saying any of this because I need to feel better or be praised. I really, really mean it.
I'm saying this because anyone who is on a weight loss journey needs to know that it isn't all easy. That it isn't all success. That it isn't all good times.
Getting fit and being healthy all the time is hard work and sometimes... it's easier to slip a bit.
In the past, slipping usually meant quitting. I'd do well for a week or two and then I'd slip up over the weekend and that was it. I'd be done. Forget the gym, forget the healthy meals and snacks.
This time, my slip has to be different... it will be different.
I still haven't met my goal. I still need to run a 5K. I need to be able to run further than 1 mile. Maybe today is the day I make that next stride, that next accomplishment and that will fuel my desire to get things going.
When you stumble... when you struggle... what do you do to pick back up again?