The Last Post
Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Amanda Wilson is a student who has a passion for helping others and is now committed to helping herself. She enjoys spending time with her pup, Gia, being with family and friends and traveling. Contact Amanda here.
The time has come. After many, many months this blogging experience has come to an end. It is hard to believe that its time to say goodbye. I have gained more than I would have ever thought by sharing my journey with you all. Each week I have discussed my successes, downfalls, excitement and frustrations with wedding planning and the constant pursuit of health and happiness. It has been a bumpy ride, sometimes one where I have precise directions, and other times where the road hasnt been so clear. Being able to express my thoughts and feelings during it all has allowed me to learn a great deal about myself, and hopefully has encouraged some of you who have been reading along. It is not always easy opening up about the things you struggle with, but I am extremely glad that I have had the opportunity to do so. If I hadnt gained (or lost in some cases, i.e. pounds) anything else from this whole ordeal, I realized more than ever before that I am not alone and that there are many supportive people out there to help you get through the tough times.I would like to end my contribution to this blog by talking about the changes that have come from this challenge. Have I made many positive changes? Yes. Have I had days where Ive wanted to totally give up? Yes. Am I still a work in progress? Absolutely. As you may recall me saying a couple weeks ago, I am nowhere near a depiction of perfection. Never plan on being and never will be, and that is perfectly okay with me. However, what I am, is someone who will continue to fight (and yes, it is very much a fight) to be better than I was the day before. As I stepped in to this experience, I was nervous. Scared that I would make a mistake, that I would fail, that I would let myself and those around me down. Now as I stand at the other side of this spectrum I have accepted that my mistakes are beneficial to my progression. Not only are they beneficial but they are to be expected.Seeing that this is the last blog I wanted to leave you some of the significant things I have gathered through this whole thing. While there are lots of aspects that have impacted me and my path to lose weight I have chosen to highlight five, because if not we could be here all day. That wouldnt be good for our health!1. Weight loss is more of a mental task than a physical one. Yes, it is about calories in versus calories out, portion control, exercising, and all of that good stuff too. But if youre not in the right place mentally you wont even be able to tackle any of that, and if you do it wont be for long. I have pushed through some major barriers when it comes to this. Removing self-limitation and gaining control that I never had before are areas where I have improved. Once you make up in your mind that you are capable, willing, and worthy you have created a recipe for success.2. Create a plan, execute and achieve. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Weve all heard it, right? Well, long story short, its the truth. Like with any other major jobs you aim to complete, creating a healthy lifestyle is no different. You need to have a plan of how youre going to reach your goals. There is no way around it, and if there was I would know, because I have certainly tried to skip around the planning. This could mean planning when youre going to work out, how youre going to include whole foods in your meals, or how to drink more water. Having a plan keeps you accountable and focused on what it is that you are ultimately working towards. Trust the process!3. The scale is not the end all, be all. When the scale is going in the right direction we are ecstatic and are confident that we are doing something right. A huge indicator of what we have accomplished comes from the scale. I do believe the scale has its place and can be important in monitoring progress, but there are other ways to measure how one is doing. For example, are you able to fit in that cute shirt or dress from a few years ago, can you run longer, has your strength increased, are you consistently cooking your own meals, are you no longer out of breath walking up the stairs? It is easy to get caught up on the scale, however, make sure to acknowledge all of the non-scale victories. I know I am extremely proud of the changes Ive seen with my physical fitness. I can run longer, Im pushing myself, and I feel strong. Take a minute to reflect on your non-scale victories, and be proud! Youve earned it!4. This is a forever way of living. There may only be a certain period where you are actively working on weight loss before reaching your goal, but a lifestyle of healthy living is not temporary. That is why its called a lifestyle. It is a continuous and evolving entity that becomes who you are. You never stop challenging yourself, because youre striving for the life that youve dreamed of and know you are capable of-- a life of health, wellness, and prosperity. This Get Fit challenge is coming to a close, but Im not finished. I still have goals to reach, fears to overcome, and things to improve. I have too many great things ahead to stop now.5. Put in the work. There comes a point where you have to leave the excuses behind, and just do it. It goes beyond trying. It takes serious effort and sometimes sacrifices. You may not be an early morning person, but if that is the only time you have during the day to get in the gym, then that is when you go. If it takes spending Sunday afternoon creating a menu and preparing your food for the week, then do that. If you have to make extra trips to the grocery store to ensure you have the produce you need to stay on plan, then that is what you have to do. Your result has a direct relationship to your effort. You will get out what you put in, and if you are only giving 60 percent then your outcome will only be at 60 percent. Every attempt is not going to be without flaws, but you start again. I have had to start again multiple times, and I evaluate whether the 100 percent I said Im giving is really at that level or more like 50 percent.Thank you all again for reading and following along side of me with everything including wedding planning, which will pay off in less than eight weeks when I marry my best friend (ahh)! Enjoy the present, prepare for the future, and help others along the way. Wishing you all the best!
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