see you later scales & mirrors!

So my last post I was griping about how I always seem to look fatter when I’m working out and eating the best.  Thanks to all those who encouraged me to keep going, because I kept going, and I can feel myself getting stronger.

I think it’s time I stop worrying about what number is on the scale and what the mirror is showing.  It’s not helping me because I get discouraged too easily.  What is helping, though, is seeing my weight loss journey as a life-changing experience.  I used to always look at it like this:  eat healthy and exercise to lose all the weight so I can get skinny, look great, and eat whatever I want again.

Faulty. Logic. Right. There.

This doesn’t work for two reasons.

1) If I do this, I may or may not lose the weight because I’m probably going to give up because it’s such a huge task that’s going to take a long time.  I think this is partly why I fail so much because every time I fail one time, I get discouraged and think I can’t do it.

2) If I temporarily eat healthy and exercise to lose the weight, then I’m going to gain it all back once I stop!  (DUH Laura!)

So… it finally makes perfect sense that I have to make this my new lifestyle.  I can’t focus on the numbers anymore.  I have to focus on making this a lifestyle change, and I have to realize that no matter what the scale says, as long as I’m treating my body with respect, making it sweat, and fueling it with nutritious foods, then I’m going to be okay.  I will get to where I’m going, one healthy decision at a time.

This isn’t to say I won’t occasionally weigh myself, and it’s not like I’m covering all the mirrors in my house… but I’m in this for the long haul.

Being healthy isn’t a goal with a finish line… it’s a never ending journey that we all deserve and need to travel and explore!


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