This honestly made me cry. I really don’t even know what to say. As I am sure most others here on the same weight loss journey can attest to, it has been and IS difficult to accept myself for who I was at my highest. It was hard to find a reason to love myself back then. Now that I read your comment, I feel like I can look back and realize, that even if I didn’t love everything about myself, I was strong for dealing with all that I did during that lowest point in my life and if nothing else, I can love myself for the strength and determination I showed then as much I as I do now.
Thank you so much lovely lady. <3
Weight lose really depends on many factors. How you are working out, how often, but most importantly, what you are eating, putting into your body and when. I highly disagree with the majority who think having cheat days are important. I think everything in moderation is alright, but having a day of splurging all in that day only helps create the bad habits and can ruin your healthy lifestyle. Cheat days make a food based reward and ultimately make you crave and look forward to eating as your “trophy” for getting through the week. While for some, it may not take you back a step, a larger majority will end up struggling after this. Food based rewards are NEVER good and don’t help you in cultivating a clean and healthy lifestyle.
Overall, healthy living and weight loss needs a healthy lifestyle to keep going. Does this mean I don’t think you should ever treat yourself? Of course not! But if you plan to eat a piece of cheesecake or some pizza, think about whether or not you need the entire thing or just a piece or two! And if they are higher in calories, make sure your other meals are healthier, low cal options. There are many low calorie foods that still make you feel full, its all about give and take. A binge day does not help you, it can only hurt.
The most important thing is that you do not give up! It is easy to fall into an unmotivated, depressive state. We all go through this! What you need to do is get up and get yourself moving and make sure not to hate yourself for not doing as well in the past. When you are having a rough time, be kind to yourself! Don’t put yourself down because you are struggling. The more you do this, the less appealing eating healthy and working out will be. Condition yourself to try your best, even if it might not mean doing as well as a day prior. Keep going even when it is hard.
Do not let yourself disrupt all the good you have done by going back into that same stage of excuses and “I’ll do it tomorrow’s.”
You are beautiful, you are strong and you can do this.
It has definitely been a hard week for me. I am proud, however, that I persevered and pushed through the lack of motivation despite my pitfalls. Having my knees weak and fragile this week, while doing week 4 of my Insanity workout was not easy. I ended up with a slight injury, thankfully nothing bad, but I did land with a funny crack in my knee. This was shortly after having some issues with my ankle while bellydancing.
I ended up listening to my body and the lovely Mandy’s advice, and taking a break for a day to get my recovery in and feel better before causing a more serious injury.
I also wanted to give a big shout out to all of you who had some wonderful comments in terms of knee problems. I am sorry for those of you who have had to deal with similar problems, but at least we can unite and help provide each other with useful information on how to keep your legs strong and injury free!
Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments. Check them out if you have a chance, everyone of these gals is inspiring and helpful. <3
So, as for me, I am finally back on the road to pushing harder than ever. If I don’t push myself to my limits, I don’t feel I have worked hard enough. I give it all I have every workout (which could be why I need to be much more careful, because I can injure myself much easier with the difficulty I push myself at). I am happy to say that Day 26 of Insanity was an absolute blast! So glad I am back into it again after two days of rest and recovery.
Do you ever feel that when you first start something back after two recovery days, like you might not be able to do as well as your last workout? I was surprised to find I did better than normal! I was able to do 21 push-up jacks during my last fit test, but you have a lot less overall to do during a fit test, that pushing that out in a minute is hard, but possible. I find during pure cardio, that is nearing the end of a nonstop 15 min of intensity, so I rarely can do more than 10-15, but I was so proud I banged out 25 this time! Suicide jumps/burpees went well too, with almost 18 in just under a minute. I was also able to do all the stance jacks and power jacks, which usually hurt my knees, Slower than most of the people on the video, but I did them all without stopping!
So, what are YOUR success stories for the week? What have you done that you have been proud of?
Make small goals for yourself! It can seem overwhelming if like me, you have over 150lbs to lose and you set that as your only goal. A goal that large takes time and won’t be reached overnight. Give yourself a few smaller goals to achieve first. Small hurdles are much easier to accomplish and as you see yourself passing them by, you will gain confidence and push forward.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep! This is not heeded as much as it should be, but sleeping well through the night and getting enough sleep can completely effect your mood and overall health. Mood will often determine your level of motivation, so start changing little things in your life, like adding an extra hour of sleep to your schedule if you can. This will aid in your overall positivity in the long run and help keeping you going day to day.
Weight loss really depends on many factors. How you are working out, how often, but most importantly, what you are eating, putting into your body and when. I highly disagree with the majority who think having cheat days are important. I think everything in moderation is alright, but having a day of splurging all in that day only helps create the bad habits and can ruin your healthy lifestyle. Overall, healthy living and weight loss needs a healthy lifestyle to keep going. Does this mean I don’t think you should ever treat yourself? Of course not! But if you plan to eat a piece of cheesecake or some pizza, think about whether or not you need the entire thing or just a piece or two! And if they are higher in calories, make sure your other meals are healthier, low cal options. There are many low calorie foods that still make you feel full, its all about give and take. A binge day does not help you, it can only hurt.
Psychologists have proven that it takes 90 days of change to solidify the new lifestyle into your brain, so why make the mistake of cheat days when it will only make things harder to commit to and make you more and more tempted. Your body craves these foods because you allow yourself to overindulge. Rather then overindulge, moderate and stick to what your body needs and allow yourself a well rationed/portioned snack when you want one. Nothing wrong with treating yourself as long as you are smart about it.
Have your eyes on the prize. How can you do this? Keep things in your view constantly. Make a nice little collage of the rewards you will get for completing your goals on the kitchen fridge, have a pinboard or two jars near your bed that show your weight lost and weight yet to lose. Get crafty and make a poster for your exercise room with encouraging words to keep you going. One thing I like to do is keep a little postcard with one of my favorite motivational sayings tapped to my dash in the car, so when I am thinking about turning around instead of going to the park to run, I keep going and push through.
I also occasionally need to take drastic measures. My silly side can often get me pumped to do a workout I otherwise would have skipped. I will turn on a favorite song and just dance like crazy in my room. No matter how bad I felt prior, letting yourself go completely, if only for a moment, can give you some time to truly give your day a chance.
Don’t leave room for failure. Make your “why” bigger than your fear. You ARE going to fail many times over, so don’t let it get you down. Success is born out of many little failures, when in the end you continued to fight not to let those failures win.