Sometimes I still get nervous to share my before/after photos. I have this idea in my head that people will look at it and only see how overweight I had become. I fear they will judge me. I think of all things they “probably” think about me…
What if you decided to finally lose the weight you’ve been trying to lose because you’re tired of not showing up in your world as your best, most energetic, vibrant self?
Tired of feeling distraught when the scale doesn’t show you a number that pleases you? I was too. Here’s how I stopped letting my weigh-in days affect my mood!
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.
This is hard to write because I’ve known for awhile that one of the things I need to do in order to leave my old ways behind me and fully step into the new me… I need to label myself as an actual sugar addict.
In the past I would have made a lot of excuses and rationalized to myself all the reasons why I deserve to eat whatever I want and order my own heaping pile of fries because why not? It’s been a long day and “you deserve it” I would have said to myself.
This all being said…I love my life so, so much and I love being busy and having lots to do. But the one thing I had to learn the hard way was that every day, first thing in the morning… it IS my turn to take care of ME first.
It’s almost time for bed and I love looking back on the day and realizing that I — a) drank enough water, b) stayed 100% on track with my nutrition today, c) exercised, and d) had great prayer time at Sunday Mass. Thankful for all this and more today.
Every once in awhile I have to very intentionally sit down and remind myself to stay strong, keep going, don’t give up… etc. etc. all-the-other-motivating-mantras. One of the ways I do that is by putting photos of myself side-by-side.
When I am consistently eating well, exercising, drinking lots of water, sleeping well… all those habits of health add up to me just simply being a better human. And better humans make better spouses. More energy means when we both come home from a long day of work, I can still be present and be a good listener.