Sunday, September 9, 2012

Achieving goal slow & steady

What is my goal? It seems like an easy question that should have an easy answer but for me it isn't a straight forward answer. I am currently unsure about what my goal weight or size is. I am hoping that once I get there I will know it. I have been on this journey since the first of the year, at least seriously.  I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I have dealt with bullies teasing me about my weight. But worse than the hurt bullies leave behind were my own feelings of being inadequate. I have tried and failed many times before. If the weight didn't come off fast enough I would quickly get discouraged and say forget it! In January I decided I was tired of being on the sidelines wishing that I was the one that was losing weight and looking great. This time I was going to do it and not give up! Slow and steady became my motto. I have seen people around me use all different types of weight loss tools; shakes, Weight Watchers, HCG and even surgery. I knew that for me personally I had to make a change that I could keep up permanently because after all this IS NOT A DIET.  I had to retrain myself on how to eat and live.

I started eating more veggies and protein and have cut back on carbs. I work out with a trainer and also do a Team Weight Loss class three nights a week.  With the training I am becoming stronger than I ever have been. I love lifting but it has really made my motto be the forefront of my thoughts. It can be very discouraging to watch what you eat and exercise 5-6 days a week only to see a gain, no loss or a small loss on the scale.  Slow and Steady! I tell myself this over and over again because it is true.  Each person's journey is unique to them so you can't always compare yourself to those around you. I would love to be able to celebrate a 3lb weight loss in one week but have realized that isn't likely for me. I instead have come to celebrate clothes fitting smaller, having more energy and being proud of the person I have become setting a good example for my two boys. Not to mention that I no longer feel inadequate! 

So I challenge you to do this ...find the goal that is right for you. Maybe it is a specific weight, specific size, to be more active, to be able to play with your children without getting winded, be stronger or maybe to be happy with you. Whatever it is make it yours and remember slow and steady is just fine.  Those things that we work hardest for are most often what we hold dearest. Good luck to you on this journey and may you get to that goal whatever it may be!  

Abby





5 comments:

  1. I love this. I of course, like all women, have an "ultimate" goal. But I have found that making small goals has really helped me through losing such a large amount of weight! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Amen to what you say! .. i ultimately dont care about the number on the scale, what i care about is what i see in the mirror and how i feel about myself! .. good progress pics! Keep it up :)

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  3. Thanks for this post Abby... it's a nice reminder to embrace the journey and that even though I'm not at my "goal" yet, far from it really, I should still be celebrating the small successes along the way. I don't have a goal weight either because I just don't know how I'll look at a particular weight... I just know it's a looong way from where I am!

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  4. You are making amazing progress sweets! And I love your attitude. Its a super long journey. It took me 6 yrs to see what I thought was my goal and I still haven't figured it out. Thank you for sharing your story!

    smooches xx
    Ang

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  5. Abby! Thanks for providing a guest post! I totally agree with what you say! It's time we stop focusing on other peoples goals and worry about our own little victories! They all add up and equal something great! Xo! ~ Jen J.

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