Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Losing Weight + Why This Year Is Different

I have been trying to lose 100 pounds for many, many years. If you've been around since the beginning, I commend you. It's been a long journey for me but, I've come to realize that even when I get to my goal weight, my journey still won't be over. I'm not working a life-long diet, I'm working on living a lifestyle.

Right now, I am almost halfway to my goal of losing 100 pounds. I am 40 pounds down from my highest weight, a place that I've been once before.

Between the years of 2011 - 2014, I had lost 40 pounds and maintained that loss for the most part. I got pregnant in 2014, had my baby in 2015 and got acclimated to first-time motherhood throughout the year of 2016.

2017 is the year when I am starting to lose weight again. So far, I have lost around 20 pounds {of my 40 pound loss} in this year alone. Here's why this year is different:
1) This year, I am a toddler-mom and I understand now more than ever the importance of my time. I've had enough time in this motherhood position to know that I don't get a lot of time to spend on myself anymore. I just need to do the best I can with every minute I do get. 
2) As I lose more weight, I can see and feel the difference in my body. It is motivating to continue on. 
3) I am celebrating every "little" accomplishment: I was able to go down a slide for the first time in years, I was able to sit comfortably with one knee up to my chest and my arms around it, I was able to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes, I have been more comfortable in general {sleeping, sitting, walking, driving, etc.} I have regained a normal {for me} menstrual cycle, I have relieved some pain in my joints that was due in part to my high-weight, and the list goes on.  
4) My daughter is at the age where I don't have to worry about every little thing so much. When I drop her off somewhere to be babysat, I don't have to wonder if her needs are being met. Piper is old enough to tell her caregivers her needs (hunger, potty, play, etc.) so, I have more time to focus on my own needs. 
5) When I have a bad day, a bad week or even a bad month, I don't give up. I just brush myself off and continue on.

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Sometimes I need to look back on my progress as a whole in order to continue on through a tough spot. I am coming out of a rough month of September but, the year overall has been fantastic! I am staying positive and celebrating my success instead of lingering on my short-comings last month.

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