The good, the bad, and the 184 excuses
Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Alyn Wharmby is an Ohio native turned middle school teacher and graduate student, currently earning a degree in School Administration at UNC Charlotte. She is beginning her new life with fiance Erik and chihuahua Bella on July 13, 2013. Contact Alyn here.
It was a month two weigh-in at Flex + Fit on Friday, and I was praying that the scale would be forgiving. You see, I know I didn't do well this past month. After the first very successful month, I know what I need to do to lose weight and inches, and knew that I did not do it this month. I can spout off all kinds of excuses. In fact, I can probably come up with as many excuses as I have pounds. That's 184 excuses right now. I'd start with vacation and my trainer being gone, but really the truth is... I got lazy.The good? The scale was gracious and claimed that I lost three pounds.The bad? I credit that three pounds to last month (when the scale and I didn't agree) and some water weight.The ugly? None of my other numbers went down. I'm not proud of what I accomplished, and I'm craving sugar. The real ugly is that I got discouraged after two weeks with trying hard and no weight loss at the beginning of this month. I gave up.In life, I've always been able to accomplish what I set my mind to. If you ask friends, they would tell you that I am independent, determined, and tenacious to a fault. The only thing I haven't been able to accomplish or do with my best effort is lose and keep off weight. I don't know all of the psychological issues that come along with my eating habits, but I do know that if it were easy, we'd all be skinny!So, down with the 184 excuses. I need to start with today. Today I logged my calories, ate within my caloric budget, and had a good, long workout. I haven't been gaining weight, and I feel healthier and stronger than two months ago. Since I started my personal weight-loss journey in September, I've lost 22 pounds (yes, seeing a number that began with a two was enough to scare me into getting fit).I can do this. I am worth doing this for. I will do this... by eliminating one excuse and one pound at a time.
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