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It's always darkest...before the weight drop!

Friday, February 17, 2012

I didn't get a chance to blog yesterday, but I took all of the comments to my "turtle blog" of Wednesday to heart.

Nancy asked if this was just a quick fix to lose weight or a new lifestyle.

emoticon DUH~! Of course, this has to be my new lifestyle!

Butterfly-1976 asked if I noticed any difference in my cardio level.

emoticon OMG, YES! During my PowerPump class I can do GIRL PUSHUPS now instead of doing them against the wall! (So far about 12 in a row.) TC and I have started interval training for our half marathon and last week I was breathing so hard I sounded like a choo choo train. This week -- MUCH easier.

BLW suggested trying on a tight pair of pants.

emoticon OMG! I tried on a smaller pair of jeans AND THEY FIT! And they were even comfortable enough to wear out of the house!!

Meadsbay said we can't go back, no matter how hard this is.

emoticon Of course she's right! Oliver Wendall Holmes said, "Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions." That's us. We NEVER can feel satisfied going back. We've been transformed, and even though we may stumble along the way, we have been stretched permanently by this new idea.

Vandal and New Paradigm said it's OK to be frustrated and no, it isn't fair!

emoticon I have a Beck card that addresses this very thing: it says "When dieting seems unfair, remind yourself that you are not alone. This is how all successful dieters and maintainers eat. I have a choice. I can let a sense of unfairness overwhelm me, cheat on my diet, and gain weight. Or I can accept that this is what I have to do if I want all the benefits of permanent weight loss."

Yes, I want all the benefits of permanent weight loss and I will never feel alone, as long as I have all of you and the Spark community to help me a long the way. That's a huge comfort. I'm in this for as long as it takes...which will be the rest of my life.

I am SOOOOO glad I didn't give up when I was frustrated, because while I weighed the same on Thursday, I dropped another 1.5 pound TODAY! I've just got to learn to relax and keep doing the basics, because in the end my body DOES WORK.

Thanks for reading, and have a super weekend!

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