As we are approaching the warm weather I once again find myself having to deal with the excess weight that I have put on over the winter. Every year I say I am not going to gain weight during the winter, and every year I find myself in the same predicament. Last summer I reached my lowest weight since having my kids. I was so proud of my achievement, but did that stop me from over indulging during the month-long Christmas festivities…NO! Then once Christmas came and went there was New Years, the Super Bowl, and I can’t forget to mention my new obsession with Golden Oreos. I watched the numbers on the scale creep up until yesterday I realized I had put on a full 15 pounds since the summer and am once again miserable with what I see in the mirror when the clothes come off.
I decided to take out my camera phone and take 3 pictures of myself…front, back, and side views in my bathing suit. What I saw in the pictures was even worse than the image that had been staring at me in the mirror. As I said in a past weight loss post (Put On Your Big Girl Panties and Deal With It), to many friends and family members it may not seem like I need to lost weight, but I know that I can do better. Weight loss isn’t about how you look compared to other people, it is about how you feel about yourself.
Using my pictures as a starting off point, I am excited to get my butt in gear and start working towards the Robyn that I know I can be! With today being the first day of spring…NOW is as good a time as any to change the eating habits that have crept up through the cold. Any readers who can relate…GET OUT YOUR CAMERAS and let’s go!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
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Have you ever caught yourself sAyinG something like, “I would NEVER do that! I would NEVER put myself in that situation or make a decision like that person!” Someone once told me that you have to be careful using the word “NEVER” because often life makes you fAce the things you don’t wish for.
Even though I grew up on a farm I always told my parents I “never” wanted to marry a farmer. I thought I had my life Planned out and wanted to work in an office somewhere in a big city. Sure enough, I married a farm boy but couldn’t be hAppier.
I had always maiNtained a healthy weight throughout college and marriage. However, when I got pregnant with my daughter, I gained twice as much weight as I was supposed to. So much for being PROUD of my weight control!
Life can be really huMbling and I’ve LeArNed to not be quick to judge or too sure of how life is going to turn out. Having goals and expectations are gReat, but the next time you look at someone else and find yourself saying “I would NEVER…” be cAreful what you say. Life has a way of ushering you down a particular pAth and we can’t always see the twists and turns that lie ahead.
(*Pictured above is my loving ”farmer” and our sweet lab, Grace)
It seems like I have always tried to lose weight. When I had a baby, it was a cHallenGe to get back to my previous weight. Even during my pre-kid days, I was trying different weight loss tactics to shed those last several pounds. This year I’ve had my BEST SUCCESS at eating right and in moderation, thanks to one thing…my accountability partner!
In the past, I remember wanting to ask someone to hold me accountable for my weight loss. Subconsciously though, I knew if I ever wanted to quit my diet, I could give up and no one
would know. In reAlity, I was setting myself up to fail before I ever started! Asking someone to hold you accountable is scary, but in the end, it will determine how serious you really are about wanting to cHanGe.
Finding the right person to share your jouRney with is important. My accountability person is someone that I don’t necessarily see often, but who I have to share my weigh-in number with every week. We don’t work out together, but text or call each other with what we are up to (good and bad). You must be comFortable enough with this person so you can “be real” and trust that even if you gain a pound or two, they won’t judge you but continue to enCouRage.
Is there a habit you can’t kick? Perhaps you should REACH OUT to a good friend and ask them for help. It not only will strengthen your relationship with them, but have poSitiVe Results on achieving your goal!
P.S — A big shout-out to my accountability partner today! Wouldn’t have the success I’m having if it wasn’t for YOU!! Thanks :)