When the going gets tough
Posted: Tuesday, Sep. 18, 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.
As a teacher, Im a stickler for fairness. Kids always insist that everything should be fair above all else, and I tend to agree. I feel as though things in life should be dealt out evenly, giving everyone equal shares in the good and the bad. Ive learned from watching the experiences of others that the old adage is true -- life isnt fair.Im feeling a bit down on my weight-loss progress again. After yesterdays weigh-in, Im still stuck with no progress and feeling bloated and uncomfortable in my clothes. Ive read every blog and article about weight-loss plateaus, and Id like to believe that I may be comfortably on top of one until Erik reminds me that Ive been slacking. He says to me, Youre not eating badly; youre just not eating like you were then. The then hes referring to being the first month of the challenge.And hes right. He tells me I bought Skittles at the store last week (almost gone) and snacked on some of his popcorn at the movie theater Friday night. He reminds me I had cheese on my sandwich yesterday and two glasses of wine with friends Thursday night. Guess Im not on a plateau after all. I suppose Im being lazy. I have a lot of excuses: It doesnt help that my new lifestyle as student and office-worker means sitting down for extended periods of time. It also doesnt help that my thyroid is lagging right now (according to the doctor last week) and that my trainer left the gym and Ive been without one for three weeks. But those are all just that excuses. Theyre not getting me any closer to my weight-loss goal or fitting into my three-inches-too-small wedding dress. I upped my workout schedule by adding three days a week of running in the morning to make up for this, but it didnt increase my weight loss. Ive given up almost all of the toxic foods that I once adored. Erik stops drinking soda and loses five pounds. I havent had a soda in a year. Erik dropped 30 pounds a while back by just keeping track of calories for a few months (three months). Ive kept track of calories on and off for years and have never lost more than 15 at a time. I always want to ask who he thinks he is to comment on my eating, but I dont -- hes just being supportive of my goal. Maybe being female and having thyroid issues means it is harder for me to lose weight. Back to that old adage again -- life isnt fair. No avoiding it or getting around it, its just not.So, what happened when the going gets tough? I suppose the tough stop whining about it not being fair and get moving!
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