So…I’ve had some setbacks lately. And most of them are because of my inability to stay motivated or stick to my diet. It’s October…and I LOVE CANDY. The fall has always been about soups, pumpkin baked goods, candy, comfort food, and definitely NOT about the green peppers that I have to crunch, crunch, crunch all the time. Last Wednesday, I put myself on a “NO SWEETS” moratorium until my birthday party. Then I ate two and a half small bundt cakes on Friday, one bite of a cookie Saturday, one bite of a cookie yesterday, and some muffin batter tonight. So I guess it starts again tomorrow?
So, anyway, I’ve been pitying myself as if I don’t have control when in reality I’m the only one who can take control. And motivation has been exceptionally hard lately. I’ve had two two pound weigh-ins in a month, I have the worst sweet tooth, and I just…it’s just been hard.
Lo and behold came this weekend! And it was a hell of a weekend. On Saturday, my goal was to run five miles. When I run five, I route six so that I can walk the last mile as recovery. Well, while on my run, I hit five, and decided that six wasn’t too bad. So breakthrough #1…my first unofficial 10K.
This was absolutely incredible for me to be able to do. I never thought I’d be able to do it, and I didn’t die. Now I will say after Saturday’s run and this morning’s 3.1 run, I am a little sore, but that doesn’t downplay what I was able to do. AND I think I might want to run one – for real!
I have not been great with progress pictures during my weight loss journey. But Saturday night gave me an opportunity to have one. I went to my brother’s Halloween party, and out of curiosity, I brought up my Halloween picture from last year, and put the two side by side. I’ll let the picture speak for itself.
Breakthrough #2? Being able to see what other people have told me they see…and letting myself be proud of it.
This morning I had my weigh in…and that was breakthrough #3. I hit my lowest weight yet, and officially at 58 pounds lost – and on my “weight thermometer,” I finally got to go into my next color!
I needed all of these this weekend. Motivation is hard, people. It truly is. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t, and sometimes you let your head get in the way of what’s happened. But then, a few things come your way that remind you it’s the small victories that matter, and give you exactly what you need to push through.