weight loss

Obstacles and Motivation

I got an email from a reader who had some questions for me. I thought I’d try and address them here.

The vision that motivated me was twofold. First, I was tired of being in pain. I was having a lot of health issues (high blood pressure, pre-diabetic). My back and knees and feet hurt all the time from the extra 100 pounds. Second, I was tired of not being okay in my body. There was definitely an emotional aspect to wanting to lose weight–wanting to be skinny, wanting to be pretty, wanting a life partner some day, wanting to be able to wear cute clothes that actually fit properly. There is definitely a motivating factor in vanity, but I would say that the health issues were the #1 reason I wanted to lose weight.

The biggest obstacle? Good question. I would say there were several. The first obstacle was that the idea of losing 100 pounds was a very overwhelming number. It seemed unattainable. In order to overcome that very scary, very unrealistic goal, I decided I would start small. I was going to be a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding in one year and I wanted to lose 50 pounds by then. I worked really hard and reached that goal and then it didn’t seem so hard to lose another 50 pounds.

Another obstacle would probably be the weight loss plateaus. Those were really hard. I’d be losing weight, feeling better, getting stronger, buying clothes in smaller sizes…and then all of a sudden it would stop. I didn’t know a lot about nutrition, really, and I definitely went through phases of overexercising thinking I could just work off the weight. I see now that that was pretty disordered–like working out for 3 hours because you ate some pizza. That’s not healthy. It’s better to just recognize your mistake and do better the next day…not punish yourself!

I don’t know that I ever “failed.” Failure implies that I gave up or that I stopped trying. I was so determined and so focused on my goals that failure was not an option. I was not going to quit. Even when I hit plateaus, when my weight fluctuated up and down, I kept my eyes on the road and just kept doing what I was doing. And it worked in the end.

These days, I am definitely finding it harder to not look at my lack of weight loss post-baby as a failure. I have been very hard on myself about how difficult it has been to lose even 10 pounds. It can be discouraging and frustrating and depressing. But I am still trying. I never gave up before, and I don’t plan on quitting now.

Whenever I didn’t hit a goal before, I looked at what I was doing and tried to figure out things to I could change. I often got into ruts and switching up my diet helped. Cutting out trigger foods helped (pizza and ice cream). Changing my workouts was definitely good! I started running and fell in love with it and it was very motivating for me in terms of weight loss and just EATING BETTER. I had to re-evaluate everything I was doing to be a better runner.

Training for races helped. It helped keep me focused. It gave me a goal to work towards. It helped me stay motivated to work out. I had something to train for. Something to look forward to. That has been the #1 thing keeping me going–HAVING A GOAL (losing 50 pounds before the wedding, training for a race, etc). I think it’s better to have focused, specific goals instead of vague ideas.

So there ya go, hopefully that answered the questions!

February Goals

February Goals

Happy February! My big goal for the month? NOT GET THE FLU. Seriously. Like half my office got it and was out for a week or more. Every day I see a new friend on facebook announce they have the flu. Everyone is dropping like dominoes. I really really don’t want to get it. I got a flu shot back in October (so did Logan) but apparently that means nothing this year. I’m just worried about Logan getting it!

So lots of vitamins, EmergenC and not touching anything in public.

Anyways, I do have a few goals I want to accomplish this month.

Squat Challenge.

Squats are a great (and easy) exercise to fit in anywhere, anytime, and it’s a GREAT activity for runners. I decided I wanted to do a squat challenge, do a certain amount of squats every day. I can easily do them at my desk while at work (I have a standing desk) and I already do squats on my weight lifting days, so I just need to add a few more. 🙂

Get Organized.

I have a lot of organizational projects brewing in my head. I’ve been periodically going through stuff at home and donating a lot of things we don’t need anymore, but we still have a tons of clutter and mess that just stresses me out.

I have a bunch of clothes that are looking old and dingy and not all of them fit that great. I’ve been holding on to different sizes because I keep hoping I’ll lose this weight and fit into them again. But perhaps it’s time to just donate some of that and get a few new outfits that fit right now.

I have been going through books and packing up stuff that I don’t need out on the shelves, but I want to keep for awhile. So boxes they go.

I need to go through our file cabinet and get rid of/shred old paperwork we don’t need anymore.

The kitchen pantry is making me mental. The fridge and freezer are a disaster. I need to do this asap!

I’d like to get a new desk for the office. Something smaller and more organized. We don’t really use the office or office computer for too much (I basically just use that computer now for LightRoom photo editing) because I just use my laptop for everything else. So it doesn’t make sense to me to have a huge desk that takes up half the room.

Try Some New Recipes. 

We have a pretty basic diet and dinners are about 4-6 different rotations of a protein with salad and veggie but lately I’ve been feeling a little blah about my diet and would like to change things up. I don’t know yet what that means, I might try doing some more vegetarian lunches at work, I might try carb cycling. I haven’t decided yet. I love the Oh She Glows website and have tried a few of her recipes, so I might delve in a little deeper there.

QUESTION: What are your goals for the month?