Saturday, January 8, 2011

Removing "can't"... (Jennifer)

For months and months I was at a plateau despite my intense exercise, many visits to the gym, careful calorie counting, taking up running...you get the point.  I hit a roadblock and the lowest I could get my weight was 160lbs.  And dont get me wrong.  After being almost 230 I was so happy to see 160!  But after a while it got frustrating that my hard worked seemed not to be paying off when there is still more weight that needs to come off.  Perhaps I have even been having a pity party. 

Then a combination of things happened:  Our daily routine changed and it was better and easier for me to run instead of going tot he gym, then I started not feeling well, got stressed about that, lots of dr appts and different medicines, the weather got cold and snowy, and the exercise has tapered off.  So that combined with the pity party of "I cant get past 160 no matter what" resulted in a lifestyle that I am realizing is unacceptable for me.  I am still eating pretty well especially that the holidays are over but the big picture isnt what I want it to be. 

So, having said that... 

I am removing the word "can't" from my vocabulary.  Because it is ridiculous to think that I *can't* get below 160 lbs.  Of course I can.  And although its tough getting back into exercising I *can* do it so I will.  Its all about decisions and priorities.  I have learned that it makes me feel better just knowing I am helping myself...by having a plan.  So, although there are roadblocks sometimes,  I just need to find a way around them. Just because its too cold (for me) to run outside doesnt mean I have to give up exercise all together.  Just because the schedule is tougher to fit the gym in doesnt mean I cant.  Its about priorities.  Good decisions. 

Today the scale said 167.  Not the best, but certainly not the worst thing.  My lowest fittest weight was 160 at the end of the summer I think. I tend to hang in the 162-167 range.   And with all that has happened in the last few months I accept that number happily.  It could be way worse and I am grateful. 

Being in the right mindset is key to success for me.  And I can feel it coming back  :)

8 comments:

Kristi said...

Good luck! You seem to have a positive attitude about getting past the road block. I'ms ure you'll be able to do it.

Karen said...

Very nicely put! :)

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Awesome attitude!! You CAN do anything!

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

Hooray for great mind sets! I love that idea of keeping the word "can't" out of your vocabulary. It's so true that we CAN do anything we put our mind to and that we think we CAN do. If we keep thinking we have a road bock.. then that thinking CREATES a road block! You are so spot on and thanks for that reminder!!

You are doing great even with so many set backs and obstacles. You have maintained your huge weight loss and learned valuable lessons that are giving you the tools you need. You are already a success in my book! Rock on girl!!

~Margene

Jess said...

Positive self talk is VERY powerful!!!!!!! You CAN do it!!!! Glad you are able to turn it around!!

J said...

Thatta girl! You can do it. Good attitude for 2011. Let's do it!

Brian and Katie Whitt said...

"And with all that has happened in the last few months I accept that number happily. It could be way worse and I am grateful." - I need to make this my mantra - well put!

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