Today marks the start of day six in a row of being completely on track. For the past five days, I have worked out every single day (don’t worry – today is a rest day) and have stayed completely on point with eating, sticking just to my daily points. This was after a very indulgent trip to St. Maarten (which I still owe you a recap of, I know), so I have also abstained completely from drinking alcohol since my return and have gotten lots of sleep to top it all off.
So, scale aside, I feel awesome right now.
When I told a friend about how yesterday was day 5 of being on point with eating and working out, he said, “Wow. You must feel great!”
My instinct was to start with the Yeah, Buts.
Yeah, but I was really bad for 6 days in St. Maarten.
Yeah, but a lot of the workouts were pretty short.
Yeah, but I am still nowhere near my goal weight.
Yeah, but I could have eaten a little cleaner.
But after typing that into the gchat box and thinking about it for a second, I erased it and instead said, “Yeah, I do feel great!” No buts.
It’s so easy for me to discount the good progress I make because where I am now is not where I want to be or where I was at this time last year. At this time last year, I had just hit my goal weight, become lifetime, and was finding maintenance to be a breeze! One of the times I weighed in during my 6 weeks to Lifetime, I actually had to put my Greek yogurt on the scale with me to make sure I didn’t go below 2 pounds under goal. Imagine that!
Since then, I’ve had a LOT of big changes in my life, most notably transitioning from being in a committed relationship where I lived with the guy, to being single and living on my own. This meant that I’ve had to make a real effort to revamp my social life, and not surprisingly, a lot of that revolves around alcohol. I’ve talked a lot about this struggle before and this is not what I want the topic of the post to be, but learning to be a 20-something single gal has really been tough on my waist line.
One of the biggest things I’ve learned during this journey is I need to focus on where I am NOW and set goals accordingly. It’s too easy to get caught up in where I used to be and to focus on the shortcomings of my journey rather than focusing on the good parts. But, I need to remind myself how far I’ve come and feel good about it.
So, with all buts aside:
- I’ve made exercise a regular part of my life and have continued to workout 4-5 times a week for the entire month of July, even while traveling.
- I still weigh significantly less than I used to when I first started this journey.
- I am a Weight Watchers Leader (and a good one at that!) which had been a long-term goal of mine since stepping through those doors on March 3, 2009.
- I am doing very well professionally and have managed to find a great career path while also getting my health in line.
- I have run four half marathons and 22 road races in total, with two more half marathons on the horizon for later this year and early next!
- I love to cook, which is something I never did before starting Weight Watchers.
- I bring healthy breakfasts and lunches to work 95% of the time.
- I have been completely on point the last five days in a row.
One day at a time. Here’s to day 6!