I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend so far! So with this post, I wanted to not only highlight my latest running update, but also talk about a big milestone in my weight loss journey: I have officially lost 30 pounds!
In previous posts, I talked about how I try to focus more on the non-scale victories rather than a number on a scale, but I do celebrate every time I lose another 10 pounds. My ultimate weight goal is 150, at least for now, but I am still proud every time I look down and realize I’ve lost another 10 pounds.
I wanted to talk about this milestone in particular because although I’ve had a 10-pound and 20-pound weight loss before in the past, I’ve never actually committed to a healthy lifestyle for this long and lost 30 pounds all at once before!
You always see those amazing posts on Instagram where people have lost 100 pounds at once, and while I find those stories incredibly inspiring, I think it’s important to be proud of each step along the way on your weight loss journey. Also, you may see that photo on Instagram and think he or she lost all the weight quick, but what you don’t see is all of the hard work and determination it took to get to that point, and how long the process really was.
It is so easy to get discouraged when you don’t see fast results, but honestly, you should be proud of each pound lost, and each time you notice yourself getting stronger than before. I always try to remember how far I’ve come since I was slacking on working out and eating whatever I wanted to without thinking about how healthy it was.
During the last meeting with my nutritionist, she was telling me how excited she was about all the weight I’ve lost so far. At that point, I had only lost 27 pounds, and I didn’t really feel like it was something to be super excited about, but something she said definitely stuck with me. She told me that the next time I’m at the grocery store, I should find 27 pounds worth of flour and carry it down the aisle, just to see how much weight that really is.
When I thought about it that way, I realized how truly great it was that I was able to accomplish that weight loss. Sure, it may have taken me longer to lose that amount of weight than it takes other people, but I still did it. That’s still something I should be proud of, and it only makes me more motivated for the future. If I can lose 30 pounds, there’s nothing stopping me from losing more and finally reaching that ideal healthy weight that I have wanted for so long.
I wanted to share this not only to document and celebrate this milestone for myself, but also to encourage others who may be feeling a little down about their own slow weight losses. Even if you’ve only lost 1 pound so far, that’s still great and still an amazing reason to keep going. A few weeks ago, I saw a photo of what a pound of fat really looks like, and that kind of changed my whole outlook on weight loss. Seriously, don’t be ashamed of losing “only” 1 pound. Every small step you take is another step in the right direction, and it will help you to become healthier.
Now, let’s talk about that running update! Like I had mentioned before in last week’s post, I decided to repeat week 4 of my running program, and I think it has made a huge difference. I definitely feel like I needed that extra week to build up my stamina, and I think it paid off. I feel a lot better about running five minutes at a time now, and it’s actually starting to get easier!
Something that I did struggle with this week was trying to fit my running schedule in. On Thursday, I started a temporary job down in Manchester, which is an hour commute for me. Because I’m not used to driving that distance on a daily basis, I ended up being exhausted on Thursday, and missed my workout! I was a little upset about that, but at the same time I knew it wouldn’t be a great workout anyway if I was completely wiped out from my first day on the job.
Then Friday happened. And I was really tired again. And I indulged in a little Cinco de Mayo feast, and didn’t really feel like working out after. Obviously, this was a special occasion because I’m just getting used to a new job, but I definitely don’t want to get into a habit of missing workouts. I’ve come so far already, and I don’t want to throw that all away because I didn’t feel like working out.
I knew that I would encounter missing workouts every once in a while, like when I’m sick or rundown, so I’m trying not to beat myself up too much about it. Every challenge only allows you to grow, and it’s my plan to push myself and make sure I make time to workout, even with a new job schedule.
I’m anticipating that this week will be a little easier on me, so I’ll be able to really push myself to get the workouts done. On Wednesday, I didn’t really sleep well because I was nervous about driving into Manchester and starting something new, but since I’m getting used to it, I don’t think I will be quite as tired or worn out when I get out of work.
Also, before you suggest that I workout before going into work, believe me I’ve thought of it! I know there are so many people out there who get up early in the morning to get their workout in, but that is definitely not for me. I’ve never been a morning person, and usually when I wake up I spend at least 10-15 minutes just sitting there trying to wake myself up and be a fully functioning human being.
I can’t even imagine marching myself down to the treadmill at 4 or 5 a.m. and running. Maybe one of these days I’ll test the theory and see if I could do it, but I don’t think that’ll happen any time soon. Let me know if any of you prefer morning workouts, and what you do to prepare yourselves to work out early, I’m interested to hear more!
So, that’s where I’m at this week! I celebrated 30 pounds lost, and struggled with getting my workouts in. Life is all about the ups and downs, and I’m excited to find out where my weight loss journey will take me next.
As always, leave your tips and tricks for running if you’d like, I’m always looking for advice!