Losing weight is tough, working out means you have to sweat, a lot. You have to burn more calories than you're taking in, feeling and seeing the results of your hard work is fun. Adding years to your life makes it all worth it.
That's all the stuff we already know about weight loss.
The stuff I learned this week might be obvious to others, but it really hit me for the fist time. It's kind of like I just read the fine print. I learned that seeing the scale drop 1.5lbs for the first time in over 2 months, feels exactly like the first big week drop of 9lbs, back in May of 2009. REALLY good!
I learned that not only do we have to eat less calories than everyone around us, all of the time, but in order to be successful, forever, and enjoy this life changing journey, we have to enjoy eating less calories than everyone around us all the time. Sound ridiculous? Yes, I know, but it's totally 100% true. It's not easy, and it's not fun, but somehow we still have to enjoy it. Again, it's like someone is pointing at the fine print with one of those 'see I told you so, it's in the fine print' looks on their face.
Now, at first thought, it might seem like it's a snotty brat that's pointing out the fine print to you, but really, something else I learned this week, is that it's actually you doing it to yourself. -So be nice!- Weird right? But, I promise it's true. It's kind of like how Oprah has those AHA moments on
her show all the time, where things suddenly click for her or her guests. We don't have those, us weight loss crusaders, we have fine print, that suddenly gets easier to read.
For example, here we can see my husband eating steak, corn, & a mountain of rice drenched in cream of mushroom soup vs my 4 cups of broccoli and 1 cup of brown rice with red bell peppers. In my fine print it says, I have to smile and laugh off the ridiculous comparisson, instead of force him, someone who doesn't need to lose an ounce, to eat healthy foods with me.
I think the major details in our own individual fine print varies from lovely girl to lovely girl. For the most part, we know we are on a journey to happiness and reaching our goals, we know we are all toughing it out, using each-other as clues to deciphering the treasure map, together.
In my fine print, this past couple of weeks I learned the healthy, active way of life, is now my way of life, that we can thank our inspiration and they just might thank us back, that the sun will shine just a little bit brighter than it did before, but only because I'm seeing it & feeling it as a new me. A 61.5lb lighter me. I learned that I need to twirl more, yes even more than I usually do. That it's okay to not think about what I don't have and instead accept my life as whole, in exactly the place I'm in now.
If it hasn't already, I hope your fine print gets easier to read. I would LOVE to know what it says and what you learned from it.
Yep, that's a big giant picture of me, late on Friday night, tired eyes and all. Random I know, but it's there because I'm wearing a TWIRL necklace that was made by hand in my home, last week, reminding me to twirl more often. Twirl necklaces are something that I've now been making for a week straight, I'm slightly obsessed with them, (if you feel like it, you can find out how to get one here) I hope to get them up on Etsy soon. Everyone needs to twirl more often, I'm hoping that I'll be the person who get's to remind you of that with a small, slightly sparkly, necklace.