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Monday, January 21, 2013

Keeping it Off

A year ago I embarked on my weight loss journey.  I was heavier than I had ever been at any point in my life.  The baby weight had clung to my waist, hips, and thighs and refused to 'melt off' like everyone claimed it would.  My self esteem was at an all time low and I had to do something about it.

Fast forward a year and I am in better shape, slimmer, and healthier than I have ever been.  How?  Well, somehow, even with an infant that has morphed into a toddler, I make half an hour a day for myself to exercise.  Whether its the gym or getting in five or ten minutes on the elliptical at a time while Emily terrorizes the living room I somehow squeeze it in.   Its become a habit. 

Bottom line you have to make it part of your routine.  You take a shower everyday, do your hair, and put on make-up.  Why can't you exercise everyday? 

You can.

I think the easiest thing about making the habit of exercising stick is to do it every. single. day.  When you don't skip a day or two a week in your regular regimen you aren't as tempted to skip an extra day, just like because you shower everyday you don't like to skip a shower even if you're not in the mood.  It becomes what you do everyday.  You start to feel good, just like after a nice warm shower.  

And if someone says they don't have the time to exercise I don't want to hear it...  I work a full time job, have my own growing business, work part time, am classes after school to keep my certifications, raising a toddler, and have a clean house.  ...okay, maybe my laundry is a little out of control, but I hate folding laundry.  There is always time... even for fifteen or twenty minutes.  

So, that's it.  The key to keeping it off is just keeping at it.  Making the habit, keeping the habit, and forgoing excuses.  Exercising has become as much a part of my life as making dinner or taking a shower and I think I owe my success to that. 


Six months ago and now... I thought I hadn't been losing weight (honestly the scale hadn't moved more than a couple of pounds) and I didn't think I was making progress at all.  It was discouraging and I wanted to slack off on exercising -- it would be so much easier, right?!  But, this is why I periodically take photos.  The difference is apparent, but hard to see from the inside.  When you feel down, unchanged, or discouraged look back at a past photo.  Sometimes the difference is right in front of you and you can't even see it!

10 comments:

Sara said...

Congrats on your weight loss! I too was disappointed at the baby weight not "melting off" like everyone said it would! I've started my own get fit journey and my son's 3 so congrats on doing this with a younger one at home! :)

A Reel Lady said...

Congrats girl! Stick with it, and it'll keep coming off in inches (maybe not pounds). Muscle weighs more than fat!

mominsanity said...

Nice work!!! And it's tre!!! I need to be better abot doing that.

Rachel said...

:) Great work! It's awesome you have made exercise a part of your normal routine. Just like brushing your teeth or eating a meal!

Junie said...

I'm feeling fantastic now that I'm hitting the gym everyday! Good job, you were beautiful then and beautiful now!

Solomon's Porch said...

You look great! Keep at it....

Mel said...

Thanks! I needed this today. I was able to get down to where I wanted to be and felt great! But then I have just been lazy, and haven't been keeping at it like you said. And I'm up five pounds and feeling blah. No more excuses!

Dianne @ Sweet Journey Home said...

Good for you! I know exercising with a toddler about can't be easy.

Kristin said...

You look fantastic! I lost weight between each of my kids the same way you just outlined. Plus, I adore the results I've seen from strength training. It's a huge reward!

The Amazing Trips said...

You do look great in the "after" photo - - I can see that your pants aren't nearly as snug. Isn't that a FANTASTIC feeling?? Love it. As for me, I need to get back to that feeling because ever since late fall/early winter - I've been in hibernation mode. My exercise consists of getting up. Making hot chocolate. Dropping in marshmallows. Sitting down. Repeat. Spring will be here soon, and with it - I'm sure my running shoes will make a reappearance.

OK. Quick question - in the first photo, I can see the trees in the background. In the next shot - it looks all white. From the exercise equipment, it seems like you are in the same vantage point for both photos - so the white? Is that a wall - or a white-out blizzard raging in VT? :)

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