Tuesday, December 25, 2007
3 Weigh-In: Pounds Once Gained Are Now Lost Again!
As expected, I lost the 0.4 lbs. I gained a few days ago. While I now weigh a slight bit more than what I weighed on 12/12/07 (1 pound more to be exact), I'm not going to fret about it.
I don't typically worry about 1-2 pound fluctuations, as there are always many factors, & even more so right now, now that the holidays are here. In general, weight gain could be the result of any number of factors: The time of day of the weigh-in, holiday meals or other special occasions, possible water-retention, muscle-building, etc.
The way I like to think about it is this: I've got 8.8 more pounds to go to get to my old goal weight number & only 13.8 lbs. more to go to get to my new weight goal (which is my "athletic ideal weight" goal).
I still think I look pretty freakin' fantastic, if I do say so myself. ;-) I'm not saying this to be proud or pompous or vain, but I do think I deserve to enjoy/appreciate the results of all my hard work! And while I'm not yet at "goal weight," it's not going to stop me from reveling in feeling great about myself for what I've achieved!
Yes, even those of us who haven't lost all of the weight we need to lose can still feel confident about the changes thus far, & enjoy our progress & the journey to a fitter, healthier self. And we can all use these achievements as motivation to keep going on this journey. I like to look at it in the wider sense -- It's a journey of self-improvement, & not just in the areas of fitness, health, & nutrition. We can use these improvements as a way to spur ourselves on in other areas of our live as well.
Of course the increased body-confidence and overall self-confidence are very typical by-products of getting into shape!
Speaking of which, I wore a fun sweater dress to go out with my friends last night, which I wouldn't have dared to wear when I was twenty-some odd pounds heavier. I did a double-take passing by the mirror before I went out: Yes, this was really me! Sometimes I just have to pinch myself to believe that the "old -- a.k.a. thin -- me" I was used to seeing a few years ago is now back once more again.
While I've been a healthy weight for most of my life, over the last few years, I was definitely not a healthy weight. So, it's been a mental adjustment to see myself as the thin person I used to be. Or rather, that might be a tad be inaccurate to phrase it that way: I am actually not that same person. I'm a completely new person inside, regardless of my "return" to my former weight.
While I now weigh around what I weighed my senior year of high school, I realize that I now actually look far better than I did back then. And back then, I was running in track & field, but I didn't run or lift anywhere near as regularly as I do now.
I feel toned & buff, even despite my current body fat percentage (which still is a few points higher than I'd like). Even back in middle school, I remember being around 21-22% body fat (after getting this measurement one day in gym class), which was still considered to be "normal" & healthy. So keeping that in mind, I'm actually striving for a goal that I have never realized before -- 14-20% body fat. I get goose-bumps from the excitement of just thinking about reaching these personal milestones! Wow, I can be better than I ever was before! Pretty exciting stuff!
So anytime I feel discouraged about stuff going on in my life, I just remind myself what I've already achieved. And while I'm "not yet there," in terms of my weight-goals & body-fat percentage goals, I know that all I have to do is keep going.
The plain fact of the matter is this: Exercising is really not that hard. It's just a matter of doing it, just like the Nike commercial ("Just do it!"). And since running is quite literally putting one foot in front of the other, it's a good of a metaphor as any. ;-)