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Finally accepting my progress

Thursday, June 13, 2013

It's been 11 months since I started being healthier in my eating and activity choices. The last couple of months I've kind of leveled off about 20lbs from my original goal but I'm 60lbs down now emoticon

For a long time it was hard for me to accept when people said they could see a difference because I wasn't seeing it myself. But I do now.

My stomach is still round and jiggly instead of flat and toned. My butt and thighs are a little bigger than necessary. My triceps still flap a bit when I raise my arms. But, seriously, those are my only residual trouble areas. (I almost said "only body complaints" but I have a whole list of non-weight related body complaints emoticon ).

But since my body is such an integral part of my life it will be a work in progress for as long as my life is a work in progress! My weight loss goal wasn't a spot to reach and say "Yay I did it!" and go back to my old habits and gain it all back again. No, the number was just that... a number. My true weight loss goal was to be healthy. Not get heartburn from water. Ease up on the asthma meds. Be able to talk with my kids while we're walking. Feel like I can get up and do something when the house is a mess or the kids need attention. Not just be so tired and grumpy and achy all the time! And I've done that.

I'm not at my goal weight, in fact my BMI is still overweight and will be until I'm down another 6lbs. I may never have 6-pack abs. I'll certainly never be a professional athlete! But I feel better. I'm healthier. And I'm HOT! And isn't all that what really matters? emoticon

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    Look at that hot momma! Woot! Being healthy is far more important than any number or any image of 'skinny'. A healthy body allows you to have a happy and fulfilling life, which includes treating yourself with respect and on a few rare occasions allowing yourself to have a treat (both food or non-food items count). Also celebrate all you've learned, because if you hadn't learned it, you wouldn't have come as far as you have - to the point that you realize this is a life-long commitment to better health and not a sprint to meet an arbitrary goal then returning to old habits. Think of the other things you've accomplished by also changing your mindset to be more healthy. (Take a little time and go back to read your first few blogs - I've done it with my blogs and it helps see the progress you've made.)

    You're such a beautiful soul, and now your outside helps honor the inside! No one is ever 100% satisfied with every aspect of his/her body. Even the most incredible athletes and models have parts they want to change. So what if you have a bit of a belly - you needs somewhere for your organs to be and part of that belly came from having 2 awesome kids. Even the most scary thin, underweight models and the most incredibly muscular fitness experts have legs and arms that jiggle a little (unless they're purposely flexing every muscle and moving in a pre-planned way). And having a little bit bigger thighs is most often healthier than having stick legs (proven my medical studies). It doesn't hurt to keep strengthening the muscles, but know that anyone who matters will look at you and see you're beautiful, not staring at you to look for 'trouble spots'.

    Keep up the good work and be proud of you!
    2822 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    You certainly have come a long way and you do look fab! All the work has paid off and you deserve to give yourself a pat on the back and be proud.

    You are right in what you say in that there is no end date, just a lifelong health journey!

    2822 days ago
    Yes, you are on the right track! Congrats on achieving all that you have already done!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2822 days ago
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