Progress Not Perfection

12 weeks can seem like an eternity when you are trying something new, is completely out of your comfort zone and especially when you are starting out. This is how I felt when I started my 12-week kick off to eating better. Drinking 64 oz. of water, walking 30 min a day didn’t seem too hard but the giving up the sweets while increasing my fruit and vegetable intake seemed like a large hurdle. If I am being honest I didn’t think that I would make and thought that this time was like all the other times and I would eventually get frustrated, fail and give up.

So why do I think this time worked when all others time didn’t. If I am being honest, there were a few factors. Now I am by no means even after the 12 weeks what is considered a healthy weight but before I started this, I had gone to the doctor, and like all visits they weighed me. I had a general idea of my weight but was shocked when I got on the scale and saw that I was 300.6. That was .6lbs over what I said I would never get above. I realized that if I didn’t take action now, I would mentally say well I won’t go over 310, and then it would 325. I couldn’t allow myself to head down the slippery slope.

Another reason I think I didn’t fail, was I made a realist plan and goals. I was focused on making healthier life choices and not about weight. I knew that if I focused on weight, I would head down the old path that I had been on and when I failed, got frustrated or had one bad day I would give up. I knew what I wanted my end goal to be so I decided to make small changes each week instead of them all at once. I wanted to set myself off for success. When learning how to walk as babies, most of us didn’t decide to get up and walk. We got on our hands and knees, then we crawled, then we stood with the help of furniture or our parents, then we took a few steps, and a few more and finally we could walk. I took the same approach with my dietary and life changes.

Lastly, my son has been a huge reminder of why I do this. I want to set a good example of what nutritious food choices are and that hopefully, he won’t have the same health issues that I have. He right now is so full of energy and life that I can’t see him having a problem with weight but I don’t know what will happen when he gets older.

Now, what happens? I have made so many great changes and could just be happy with that but I decided I would do a new 12-week challenge. I am going to start doing pushups and build work out my upper body. My eventual goal is 10 regular pushups and 10 knee pushups but I am starting slowly with wall pushups. Also, my husband has also challenged me to run around Green Lake (2.8 miles) without stopping. While I am nowhere near being about to do that, I am getting better and do something called beat the playlist. I know it takes me 49 min to get around when I am taking it easy and 47 min if I push myself a little, so I have 48 min of music on a playlist and I try to get around before the playlist finishes. It is a great way to motivate myself and have fun doing it.

What have I gained from this 12 week? Wow so much. Not only did I meet but I exceeded most of my goals with the exceptions to cheats, but I don’t beat myself up over it. I just start over the next day. I have lost 28lbs, I feel better physically and emotionally and I have a ton of energy. I have gained a new love for nutritious food that I didn’t before. I have a feeling of accomplishment and self-confidence that I haven’t ever had even when I was at a normal weight. Here’s to the next 12 weeks.

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