Terri’s View: As you know, this summer has been a struggle and stressful and because of that, it has equated to some weight gain. (Just for me, not for Ed.) I have since gotten back on track and have been doing well with my eating this week. I feel re-motivated and feel mentally strong again. I was still exercising and eating OK for most of the summer, I was just really indulging way too much on every weekend event. Thanks to those weekends, most of my pants no longer fit – or if I can get them on, the muffin top that appears would put large bakeries to shame.
I refuse to buy larger sizes and have to stop the upward climb now. As I sit here on a Sunday evening, I realize that this was the first weekend in a long time that I really watched and ate properly. I even went to a block party and kept it under control. I feel re-energized, but of course I am mad at myself for the damage I did. But, beating myself up is done as that serves no purpose. I can only change my actions right now; I cannot undo what I did over the summer.
I hate the fact that jean season is back, (I’m so done with capris) and most of my favorites will have to sit and wait in the closet until I can shrink back into their size. Financially, I couldn’t even afford new jeans right now even if I wanted to, so that alone should be motivation for me. I know that I would never let myself get back to the person I was and will always put the brakes on weight gain before it gets way out of hand. With these extra pounds on, I just don’t feel as good as I did a few months back and can’t wait to take them off. I know I have it in me, as I have done it in the past, and am proud of my maintenance over the past two years. I am re-motivated to lose. I’ve got to get back to those jeans in my closet, as they are calling me back!
Ed’s View: I know that every day is re-motivation for me. Each day I try to make the proper choices about what I eat and worry that if I go off-track, I will not be able to get back on.
One thing that re-motivated me this weekend was my 24-year old nephew. I stopped back in the old neighborhood, had some time to kill and stopped by my mother and father-in-law’s house to say hi. After spending some time with the in-laws, I went back outside to talk to my nephew. He was looking at the pants I was wearing and commented that they fit really well. We then talked a little about the gym and staying on track. He wanted to know what size pants I wore now, and I told him they were a size 32-waist. He told me that he was a 33 and couldn’t believe that I had a smaller waist than him – it made me want to get to the gym and continue the path I’m on.
Here is something to think about – if you have lost the weight you wanted or gotten close to your ultimate goal weight and then lapsed for a few weeks and now find that clothes that fit don’t fit right anymore, (motivation enough) don’t beat yourself up anymore by getting on a scale to see what you already know!
It won’t take your body long to get back into the rhythm of working out, you still have muscle that you added while losing weight. This will help you burn fat faster than when you first started your journey. And trust me, after that first workout you will feel 100% better.