Taking Back My Power

Hello Wonderful Blog Readers!

I’m one week into focusing on my health again and I feel great! I have no technical success to speak of yet (i.e. pounds down, inches lost, etc.) but I’ve been able to meet my initial goals which are all habit-based:

  • Logging my food daily
  • Hitting 10,000 steps daily (this is big since I’m recovering from a major injury)
  • Getting back to actively thinking about what I eat

Obviously this is just a start but rebuilding my healthy habits is the only way I’m going to truly get healthy again.

I know enough about health and fitness goals to know the food I eat is more important than the exercise I get in, but I have to say it feels AMAZING to get back to a 10,000 step goal. Before my injury happened I had finally reached a point in my life where I considered myself to be athletic. Because of that, the last 5 months of recovery has been brutal. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of things I love that I still can’t do:

  • Running
  • Insanity
  • Kickboxing (although I’m close to getting back to the fundamentals for this)
  • Rollerblading

All that being said, getting back to 10,000 steps feels a lot like taking my power back. If I can do 10,000 steps, I can eventually get back to everything, including my healthy goals, my healthiest weight, and even my final ideal weight and size.

I will get there. It’s just a matter of time!

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Striving for Patience

I’m trying really hard to not be frustrated with my weight loss right now. I’ve been solidly on my loss weight/get healthy plan for close to a year now and, while I certainly feel like it’s been a success, I also feel like I’ve spent more time in plateaus than I have actually losing weight. I will say that I have continuously lost inches, but even that is dramatically slower than it was.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I know things slow down and I know I’ll have to consistently change things up to keep seeing success. Plateaus don’t even really bother me. I consider them to be practice for the maintenance I’ll have to do once I hit my goal weight/size. What does bother me, though, is that I’ve suddenly started gaining weight.

I don’t feel like I’ve resumed unhealthy habits but maybe I’m just not seeing it. I’m trying to pay attention to the food I eat and the accuracy in how I log it all in case there’s something I’m doing unintentionally to throw things off. 

The only other thing I can think of is that I’ve recently started working out more in preparation for an obstacle course race I’m doing in March. It’s possible that’s  causing me to build muscle and, as a result, gain weight. But if that were the case I feel like I should be seeing a more dramatic change with inches and how my clothes fit, which isn’t happening.

Ultimately, the important thing is I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep trying things and tweaking what I do until I find that next perfect combination. I just don’t want to go backwards while I try to figure that out.

The Healthy Hero’s Journey

The Healthy Hero’s Journey is the foundation of the new healthy lifestyle philosophy I’m developing. It’s built around the concept that we are both the authors and the heroes of our own stories, which means we have the power to rewrite our own stories in a healthy way.
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