My change from last week –
Change in weight (2/24/20 – 1/1/20): – 3.2 LBS
This morning I woke up and I felt a little bloated. I was sure that I had gained weight this past week and prayed that I stayed the same. Alas, I am down again! 3.2 pounds! I swear that every week is a an adventure and a lesson. This reflection allows me the opportunity to really dig into how I function physically and mentally. It also continues to show me that dedication and commitment go far beyond day-to-day and moment-to-moment feelings. What I was convinced was a setback was actually a success.
Anyway, sorry for the gap between posts. I try for 2 posts a week but I got sick this week and it messed with my whole flow. I try not to make too many excuses, but here I am. Getting sick was the first obstacle to work through in my week. I had a stomach bug so I did not eat much food on Monday. I tried to eat some crackers, but my overall caloric consumption for the day was under 600. I also didn’t work out (can’t imagine why). Understanding this sickness, I did not want to have a rebound effect where I overate in the following days. I tried very hard and was very conscious to ease myself back in, and I feel that I succeeded at it.
I had some great wins for the week. I got back into my workout flow, having 3 workouts on the Peloton and a couple days skiing. This is all despite the fact that being sick knocked me off my routine a bit. I must add that downhill skiing can be a super intense workout if you want it to. I was teaching my niece and nephews how to ski (which was tremendous) so I was doing a lot of crouching, slow turning, and uphill movement. It was a leg burning dreamland. The impacts of my weight loss journey have been having an upward lift on my general feelings and self-image. I am proud of what I am doing, I am proud of sticking with it, and I am proud of where I am going. It felt so good putting my ski gear on and feeling how much looser they are fitting.
I also continue to learn and am reminded of the areas I need to work on. We had an awesome weekend with my sisters. It was a mini sibling reunion/ski adventure. Because of this, there was a lot of food. Cheese and crackers, snacks, desserts, you name it. I continue to have a problem with my discipline and need to improve. When sitting next to a table of snacks, I have a very hard time controlling how much I eat, especially if it is cheese and crackers. I did feel I made baby steps in the right direction. With certain meals I did not go for seconds the way I would have in the past and I tried to drink a lot of water before and during meal times to help myself feel full.
I am down 26.8 pounds since December 1. I am at a place I honestly did not think I would achieve. I had high hopes when I started, but years of ups and downs have made me truly temper my optimism. The loss has been slow and steady and I feel it is more realistic to maintain than ever before. I hope my changes continue and I can own them for the future. I hope that this success and my real experience can also help somebody else. I have been heavily focusing on the health and weight side of my betterment journey, I will not always, but this part needs love and attention… and I am succeeding at giving it that love and attention!
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3 thoughts on “weekly reflections: 2/25-3/2”
That is amazing!! I am so sorry you were sick but happy that you had a great visit with everyone and were able to stay on track!! You should be proud of what you have accomplished hon.
You teaching the kids to ski this past weekend was a greater gift than you can know. It brought me SO MUCH JOY to see my kiddos enjoying something that I have loved for so long. And you are SO GOOD at it! And taking a run with you afterward was so much fun. I can’t wait to do it again. Keep it up, bro! While you are working on being “A Better Ben” you are also setting an example. Love you, bro!
Thank you, Liz. It was so much fun and I also cannot wait until we can do it again. It is tough to beat putting family and skiing together! Thanks for your continued support. It means a lot!
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