Last weekend something incredible happened.
I ran over 4 miles without stopping and it felt amazing. I haven’t done that in over 4 maybe 5 years? And I can say with total confidence I’ve NEVER run it as quickly or with as much joy and fun-factor as I did this time.
I conquered that run like a freaking boss.
After a good stretch and the realization that the smile on my face wasn’t going anywhere, anytime soon… I propped up my phone and took this perfectly self-timed photo (lol, you know it actually took me 32 tries and a lot of awkward jumps/faces).
I meant to post this photo on that day but time got away from me. And then (as they do sometimes) my day sort of crumbled into a heaping mess and then the messiness dripped into the next day too… and soon enough I forgot about the photo.
I forgot about my big, awesome, fitness accomplishment.
I forgot to take more time to celebrate myself and my victory.
Then yesterday I stepped on the scale and wasn’t that pleased with my progress this week (I’m too hard on myself). I told one of my fellow health coach friends how I was feeling. Instantly she replied with,
“But look how far you’ve come!! Compare to where you were a year ago at this time!”
Oh yeah…. About that… I have come a really long way.
“And look at how much better you feel!”
True. I feel so extra most days. I don’t even know what to do with all my energy. It’s the best! Health is the best!
“And look at how many people you’re inspiring!”
Okay, whoa. So right. This journey may be about my health but it’s also for the sake of the good of others. I get to inspire other people to get healthier! I get to walk with them and link arms on their own journey as a coach! My story isn’t just my own. God is using me to bless others! How dare I minimize it to the number on the scale!
“And your fitness game is so strong right now.”
Oh yeaaaaahhhhh I thought! I ran 4 miles without stopping that other day! And I BARELY stopped to celebrate myself!! I tell my clients all the time to celebrate the NSV’s (non-scale-victories) just as much as the scale victories and here I was forgetting my own advice.
Celebrating the victories that don’t have anything to do with the scale helps you focus on the fact that this is about a whole new you, a new healthy life, and new habits! It’s not just about a silly old number that is simply a measure of one aspect of your body.
Celebrate them because positivity reinforces for the brain that this is who you want to be long-term. What you focus on WILL grow. If you focus on the good, on celebrating the victories — you’ll keep being victorious… you’ll see more things to celebrate… your default will become seeking out the good and affirming it versus pointed out the ways you’ve struggled and beating yourself up about those missteps.
You don’t need that negativity. You need celebrating.
You need joy.
You need positivity because my friend, that’s what you were made for. You were made to be fully, radiantly, vibrantly ALIVE. Celebrate it. I sure am today. Join me.
Know that I’m praying for you.
You Are Enough
Don’t ever forget that okay? You are beautiful and precious and deserve good things — and I can’t tell you that enough! Look I even dedicated a side-bar-box-thing to it. God has a plan and a purpose for your life and He died and rose again because He wants to spend forever with you! Okay, read on. Important reminder over.
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“The glory of God is man fully alive.” St. Irenaeus
Here’s the good, the bad, the raw of my weight loss journey. I share this in hopes that if you see any similarities in your journey, it helps you to not feel alone. I want you to know that if I can do it, so can you. If I can get through these things… so can you.
I can blast off this list because it’s literally been the same for (about) two years now!! The thing about losing weight is that if you do it right and with the right mindset, two things happen…
These are the 4 basic principles I’ve found myself eating by during this pregnancy. I’m so glad that in the year and half prior to this, I’ve solidified the desire and love of healthy habits – which made these things come naturally to me.