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Celebrating My Successes

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I got on the scale this morning and was up 1.2 pounds.

But I feel happy in spite of a weight gain. I am happy because of all the positive things that I have accomplished which are not reflected on the scale.

I am finally getting that this is lifestyle changes. Yes, I know that this is not news. But still, it takes time for this piece of information to actually sink in. So, even though I am up in weight this week, I also know where my shortcoming lay, and what I need to do. I know just because I did not eat as I should this week, that does not mean that I am going to go back to my bad habits and regain all of the weight I have lost. I am going to learn what my triggers are and come up with a doable plan. I am going to pick myself up, reevaluate, and continue with new wisdom. And if and when I slack off in the future, I will continue to pick myself up and continue again.

I am really happy that I did as well with exercise this week as I did. While I didn’t show good control over what I was eating, I think I did a really good job of working out. This was in spite of the fact that I was out of town for most of the week, and in spite of the fact that I often feel like I have to pick myself up and shove myself out of the door to get myself moving. I was able to get in exercise everyday except for the one day which I traveled all day long. I feel good about that. I am making a habit of exercise!

I started a running program at the beginning of March. When I first started out, I could not run a mile. In the middle of April, I ran in my first 5K. This week I ran 4.65 miles. I am still amazed that I can get out and run 4.65 miles. Forget that I am not very fast. I CAN RUN 4.65 MILES!!!

Finally, I reached out to my online friends this week for support. This is definitely a growing process for me. Sharing my struggles, fears, and shortcomings with others is not something that has come easy to me – but I realize that I need to reach out and ask for help at times – and my friends will certainly respond.

Yes, I made lots of progress this week. Who cares if it isn’t reflected on the scale?
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  • ZOWJAANDRE
    As Salaamu Alaikum!

    I love your reflection. That's right success isn't exclusive to the scale. It can be found in a change in attitude, a new approach to living and taking a risk by stretching outside of our comfort zone. I'm happy for you and congratulate you on your success!

    Nadiyah
    4318 days ago
  • BETRME100
    I'm so happy for you, Valerie!! This is tremendous progress!! I hope you are proud of yourself!! I'm amazed that you only started running in March and are now able to run over four and a half miles!! You totally rock!!

    Can't wait to see you Saturday...keep your fingers crossed for nice weather!!

    Kit
    4321 days ago
  • A-STRONGER-ME
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    Moving in the right direction. less than a mile to a 5 k - you da bomb!!

    Keep up the good work and kudos on realizing what really counts - not the number on the scale, but the stuff in your head!!
    4321 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2009 7:06:34 PM
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