That’s the quote I saw at the gym many months ago that really sealed the deal for me. It is so true that while dieting and exercising are hard, losing weight is a choice and the only other choice is to stay just how you are. So if you don’t like the way you are, change it. I know it’s not that simple, but it should be.
I’m still 3.8kg from my first goal weight, with only two weeks to go. It’s unlikely I’ll get there now but I am going so hard. Double classes at the gym, a very strict eating regime (with a little cheating because I am soooo bad at dieting!) and lots of positive thinking. I’ve kind of resigned myself to needing June to get to my goal weight now, but that’s okay. Once I’m there I’m going to make a plan to get into tip top shape (like run around on the beach in your togs tip top) by summertime.
I read a list once of 50 reasons why exercise is good for you. I was impressed that there were 50 reasons and started mentally making a list of the things that I love about losing weight. Well, what’s not to love? So far a few big things stand out, like how I can see my waist again and how I threw out a pair of fat jeans yesterday. How I feel more confident going to the gym in tight workout gear (even though it’s still a sight, oh my lawd) and how I have so much more energy than I’ve had since becoming a mum.
I must admit I still want to drop a whole dress size, even though I don’t agree with other people’s ideas of what makes a person attractive or what measurements you should have on your bust, waist or bum. I think the most important thing is to feel really comfortable and above all, to be healthy!
So my goals haven’t really changed, and I’m trickling towards them at snail’s pace. I like to think that the weight is coming off so slowly that it will stay off for good. As I head towards that first big goal, I’m quite proud of myself really. All up I’ve lost 16kg since the day before Annie was born. That’s a whole Henry and I think about that now when I pick him up. What I’m most proud of is that I have never given up, never thought that it’s all too hard. I’ve dragged myself to the gym after nights of no sleep and on days when my only option was to go for a run with both kids, I’ve done it. I’ve stayed positive even after weeks of sitting at a frustrating plateau. I’ve worked my butt off but all with a smile on my face.
Autumn and winter are going to be full of eating plans, long runs and big gym sessions, but I’m so excited to see what summer brings. Hopefully a brand new bathing suit in a size I’m proud of and lots of fun family time as a healthy, energetic (skinny!) mum.