Must Keep my Eyes on the Bigger Picture

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I survived it. 

Weigh In Day. 

And I was able to lose enough of yesterday’s sodium for a 1 lb. loss. 

That’s when I realized something. I was updating my weight amount, and feeling pretty unmotivated to do today’s cardio, when I saw it. My “ticker”. My little person swimming across the ocean towards my goal. 

Since I started this journey I have lost a total of 14.4 pounds. Wow. I’m almost at the 15 pound mark. I am over half way to my goal! 

I know there may be some people who probably roll their eyes at people like me. My total weight loss journey is 25 pounds. Which is really nothing more than a sneeze when looking at someone who’s total weight loss journey is 125 pounds. 

The thing is, for someone like me, no one sees the need to lose weight because the journey is so much smaller. Which means as soon as you pass up a piece of chocolate, the comments come. And if you share with others that you are intentionally trying to lose weight, the comments come. 

“You don’t need to lose any weight.” 
“You are already skinny.” 
“Just have a little bit, you are skinny enough it won’t matter.” 
“Why in the world are you trying to lose weight?” 

My journey started out difficult. Not to mention my husband and I are both food lovers. My husband is also an amazing cook, although he was not a “health inspired” cook. His foods consisted of lots of flavor, and lots of calories. He is a tall muscular man. I’m pretty sure he burns 100 calories just walking across the house. 

I remember the day I stepped on the scale and saw the “wow” number. The number that had been creeping up on me for the last few years. The number I kept saying “I’ll start eating healthier next week” which made it OK to pig out at the family lunch or have the extra helping. 

Even seeing that number, it was hard to get started. I felt my husband supporting my efforts, however, outside I quickly realized how tempting food was as a whole. And for me, stress, anxiety, lead to eating. 

Then came the doctor. My cholesterol was high, and my BMI was on the boarder line of being considered “obese”. 

That was a shocker to me. 

Life changes have been made to reduce the stress and anxiety. My husband is still my biggest supporter, and he is still a fabulous cook who now measures things and makes healthy substitutions. He has even come up with some fantastic tofu dinners. I’m so blessed and thankful to have him in my corner. 

Today, I could look at the scale and see a one pound loss and think “wow, one measly pound”. Or, I can keep my eyes on the bigger picture. 

I don’t go back for that second helping anymore, and I’m OK with it. 
Those jean shorts I couldn’t fit into last summer, now I’m wearing them. 
I can go walking with my husband and not feel like death at the end. 
I made a commitment to my workout, and I’m keeping it. 
My entire family is being healthier because I’ve started that trend. 
When I see my doctor for my next set of test results, I’ll do it without guilt, knowing I’ve made the effort and saw it through. 

And on top of all that, I quit smoking. Completely quit. In two days, I’ll have my first month of NO smoking at all. 

The bigger picture. Sometimes, that’s what the focus has got to be. We are all on a journey, and no matter how big or small that journey is, no matter how long it takes us, we are all on a journey together. A journey to change our lives and lifestyles. A journey to battle habits and addictions we know are holding us back. A journey to succeed. And while we will have many many moments along that journey, at the end of the day, all of that moments together make up the whole. 

I hope everyone will find that in your moments, your moments of achievement and success will outweigh any moments that are trying to pull you down. 

Spark On!!!
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