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Make or Break

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Right now I'm going through that difficult (re)starting period where the scale isn't moving because my body is still adjusting to all of the extra exercise I've been taking on. I call this the "make or break" period because it is when most people become discouraged and quit. After two weeks of careful eating and cardio every day without a budge on the old scale, it would be so easy to believe that this is just too difficult. I went through this when I first started losing weight and now that I've been maintaining my weight loss for two years, it's almost like a new beginning.

I see this as a test. How bad do I really want this? And why? This train of thought leads me think of my good SparkFriend, Mr. MURPHOMATIC a.k.a. Sean. In his blog, he recently made a list of the reasons why he has decided to get into shape. This may seem like an obvious question with obvious answers, but how often do you stop to really think about it? Well, time to think.

1. Motivation. I've got big plans. Unfortunately, I'm also a big procrastinator. When I have a regular routine of exercise and healthy meals, it gives me a foundation on which to lay the structure of my other daily goals.

2. Confidence. When I work out, the sense of accomplishment leaves me eager to add other accomplishments to my list. If I can get my ass to the gym on a morning when I'd rather be doing anything but, it leads me to wonder what else I can do!

3. Health. I hate the thought of hospitals, doctors, surgery, sickness, etc. I understand that no matter what we do, sometimes it can't be helped. However, if I get sick, I need to know that I did my best to take care of myself. Otherwise, I think I'd be pretty pissed off at myself for possibly causing it.

4. Vanity. I'm not in the market for a significant other, but I don't believe in "relationship weight gain." To me, having a boyfriend isn't a reason to stop taking care of myself. Sure, I love when my boyfriend appreciates the way that I look, but I look this way first and foremost for myself. Being comfortable in my own skin crucial to my happiness.

5. One word... epigenetics.
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    Great blog.It always helps to write down your goals... makes them more concrete.I am just climbing out of bad habits too.I just have to keep reminding myself that the scale isn't always going to do what I want it to do, but like someone previously touched upon, I am sure that our bodies are still benefting from the exercise and the healthier food that we are putting into it. =)
    4058 days ago
  • JPRICE217
    Great blog we all need to get heather and lose weight for yourself
    4059 days ago
  • 8E8KEYS
    Thanks for being willing to share your struggle. Remember that what you are doing is about more than the scale. Don't forget how good it feels, inside and out, to keep your commitments to yourself. Also, all exercise counts in the health department. The scale doesn't tell you everything - like how your heart is getting stronger, your body is renewing itself with new cells, and you are gaining muscle every time you exercise. emoticon
    4059 days ago
  • KERI200
    Good blog. I've been a little stagnant for the past few days, even though my scale keeps going down! It's good to look at your goals in writing. It makes you remember why you are putting yourself through it! Slowly but surely I'm getting back on track.
    4059 days ago
    Thank you for this blog! I've really been struggling with the "scale budging" and it's all a matter of persistence and how bad I really do want it. I hope you continue pushing. You look fabulous and I know you can do it!
    4059 days ago
    Sometimes people do not eat enough so be sure to get the calories your body needs to be able to burn when you exercise. Motivation and focus are so important~ Good luck.
    4059 days ago
    Hear, hear Lauren. :) I like your summation of "Make or Break." I'm feeling it currently. I've been stuck on this plateau and the scale has REFUSED to budge for 6 weeks. This is the perfect time to reinforce those motivators.

    You're right - the answers may SEEM obvious - but when you truly stop to ponder the various points - it's almost fractal-like. The harder you look, the more details seem to bloom out of the nothingness. I'm doing this now - just in an effort to fight a bout of depression that seems to be creeping up on me because the dang scale is stuck. I read what I just typed and realize how silly it sounds...and maybe I am being silly.

    I won't let this beat me. I will make, I will NOT break..nor will you. I think we're probably stronger than we give ourselves credit for - procrastination be damned. Heck - you've been maintaining for literal YEARS now - so I KNOW you have the strength to push through the barrier.

    Thanks for your blog Lauren. It provided me with a staunch reminder at the perfect time. Truly needed it. :)

    I will now go submit myself to the masochism of jogging.

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    Comment edited on: 6/15/2010 11:42:51 PM
    "I've got big plans."

    Don't we all?! I love that you call us out - HEY, GET ON IT!


    You have to put yourself first. Thank you and congratulations on making that happen!
    4060 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    emoticon You're not a quitter emoticon
    4060 days ago
    Great blog :) I'm the same way with procrastination and feeling motivated by my workouts. It's a fun thing to discover about yourself.
    4060 days ago
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