This whole weight loss thing is, to say the least, daunting. In the beginning, you make your decision to live a healthier lifestyle, diet, lose weight - whatever. And you're SO gung-ho about it. You think "If I just lose X amount of weight, I'll be at my goal on such-and-such a date." And you can almost visualize yourself thinner, healthier, more active. And you get EXCITED!
Then the next day happens and you're forced to THINK about what you're eating, and you're forced to follow the plan you've set out. Then you start exercising and you think, "My god, I hate this."
And that's where it all usually stops for many of us. Because change is hard. The easy thing to do is say, "my knees hurt!" or "I can't do this!" and quit. But if you're not willing to put in the effort, you're not going to see the results that you covet so much.
So, this time has been a little different for me. I'll be completely honest with you: the above scenario? With the fat lady on the treadmill coming up with excuses why she CAN'T lose weight? Yeah, that's been me many, many, many times. I didn't believe in myself. I didn't believe I could do this. But that seems to have changed for me, and after thinking about why this time is different, I think it's because of the subtle changes I've been noticing.
For a few weeks, my workout clothes have been fitting differently. I have exactly 2 workout "outfits" that I use, and they've both seen better days. but they're fitting much differently than they did when I started. Know what I chalked that up to? Not the 20+ pounds I've lost - I thought, "I must have stretched them out."
A friend of mine who I hadn't physically seen in a while stopped by the other day for coffee. She said, "Hey! Your pants are looking baggy!" I got embarrassed and mentally chalked it up to the fact that I'd stretched them out or something. But she's right. They are baggy and I have to hike them up all the time (SO pretty to see me do that!).
And something else that I can do now that I couldn't do a few months ago? I can wear my engagement ring. I haven't been able to wear it comfortably for more than 3 years. I'm pretty excited about that.
So all these subtle changes I've been noticing have been adding up, and it's really kickstarted me again.
What changes have you noticed in your body? Or in yourself in general?