I am officially into week four ,and this morning, I reached a new (positive) milestone on the scale. It was ever so slight, but ever so encouraging! I started three weeks and a day ago at 174.5, and this morning, I was 164.2.
The one thing I am learning about myself, is that lack of success in those tough times motivates me to kick it up a notch. By tough times, I am talking about getting on the scale and gaining half a pound. I am talking about trying on a pair of pants the next size down, and they do not fit yet. You know, those little disappointments that we all get while taking on a weight challenge.
However, equally, small successes motivate me to keep going. This morning, when I got on the scale and was at my lowest point ever since starting, I wanted to tell everyone (and here I am writing!).
I have done a few other programs, and for some reason, I am always quick to throw in the towel for a cookie, or five, that happen to show up in our shared kitchen at the office. However, for some reason, this time is different for me. I understand it is a twelve week program, and that I am only into week four, and there is still plenty of time to bail. I am not trying to be self righteous. However, in past scenarios, I would have thrown in the towel long before this time.
I think my motivation this time is coming from a few different places:
1. Permission with myself to be use pigheaded determination
Being stubborn is an unappealing personality trait that I possess on many matters, but not usually around those that involve food. I can usually be swayed, bribed or tempted with anything sweet or anything that falls into the category of comfort food. However, there are some bigger things at play this time … read on!
2. The “Menopot”
It has been suggested to me that what I am battling is the middle-aged menopot. Let me define this, because I had never heard the term before one of my girlfriends told me I had one. I understand this alleged menopot to be this spare tire that just “showed up” below my navel when I hit 39 years old. This “new friend” is apparently a curse of being a woman and getting to your perimenopause state, which creeps up a good 5 – 10 years before actual menopause hits. I’m no doctor, and I’m certainly no expert on the human body. However, after hearing that my new bulge actually as a nick name, I googled “menopot” and I have seen many encouraging articles on how to combat it (diet and exercise). I have also read just to lift your double chin high with pride and just accept it, because it doesn’t matter what you do, your new friend is here to stay. You can make it smaller, but it will still be there. Well let me tell you something — I will be danged if I let my hour glass go without a fight. I owe it to myself, and anyone who is following these rants to let you know whether the menopot is a myth, or a life sentence. I will crack the code.
3. Autoimmune Disorders
On behalf of those of us that are healthy, but are living with autoimmune disorders (like myself), it is strongly advised not to do detoxes and other herbal antics by the medical community. On week eight of this program, there is a detox that lasts two weeks that I intend not to do with herbal supplements, so that I do not cause myself any unwanted problems for the sake of my vanity. I intend to do a natural detox at the same time by eliminating dairy and other culprits of that nature for two weeks. So, for those of you that are using your autoimmune disease as an excuse to not participate in a program such as fit start, I am going to hopefully show all of us that you are right – it doesn’t work. Or don’t be afraid, there are other ways around it, and show you how it worked for me.
My weight loss has definitely slowed down in the last three weeks, compared to the start. However, admittedly, I am not doing as much as I can be with my fitness and exercise piece. I am walking and riding my bike, but I am not as diligent with that side of the program as I am with the eating portion, so I do need to ramp that up a bit.
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