While I was freezing my bootie off at swim lessons I was thinking about why this time is so much different for me and why I haven't really gotten discouraged at all in the last almost 3 months. Hard to believe it's been that long!
What I came to was that I'm not on a diet. I have no intentions of ever NOT eating like I am right now or ever NOT exercising like I am right now. This is re-teaching myself what the right way is to eat and how to stay healthy. Not only am I doing this for myself but I'm also doing this for Miss H so she can learn from an early age what it means to stay active and eat right. I want her to learn that food is about nutrition for our bodies and not something for comfort. It's fuel to give us energy!
Living a healthy lifestyle isn't about a diet. Diet to me = temporary and seriously who wants to temporarily be "skinny" or healthy? No one, right?
I really think that's why this time I am doing so well with all the ups and downs that come with losing weight is because
1. I know this is going to take a long time...maybe a year...who knows!
2. This isn't a temporary thing for me...the way I feel now even with "just" 21 pounds lost...I feel amazing. I can't imagine how I will feel when I hit my goal of 90lb weight loss! I mean I sleep better, my clothes fits better, I FEEL better!
3. Being a mother isn't just about raising your kids right and making sure they share and use their manners and get good grades in school....it's teaching them BY EXAMPLE how to take care of themselves.
4. My mind and heart are in it this time. The times that I have been serious about weight loss in my life and have been successful is when I am REALLY into it...you can't half ass it or you'll just get discouraged and give up. You have to be realistic with yourself. That's why a huge part of me is sharing my journey on this blog....my story is REAL and it's VERY realistic.
Losing weight is just as much of a mental thing as running is. You gotta be tough and push through the tough times to get to the good times...because when you do...there is NO better feeling than being successful!
Goal for tonight...run 2 miles without stopping!! I know I can, I know I can, I know I can!!!!!!! Gonna have to build myself up for that tonight!!!