Look to your health — and value it next to a good conscience; for health is … a blessing that money cannot buy.
Well, we are past the half way mark and still going strong. For 52 days now, in our 100 Day JOLT Challenge, we’ve been moving more, eating healthier, and keeping our eye on the prize. Some days have been easy, and others….not so much. But with each day, I think we are getting closer to making this more than a challenge; it is becoming the way we live. That is a big thing right there folks.
But, as with any changes, you are going to have setbacks. The title of this blog is one of them. I worked out. I counted calories and I measured calories expended with my Bodybugg. I can see by my results I am becoming more fit, and need to work a little harder to get that burn. I’ve put the work in. So, I stepped on the scale, fully expecting the two-pound weight loss that my Bodybugg had forecasted for me…..only to find that the number had not changed. Not even by 0.1 of a pound.
Let me tell you what happened next.
I stepped off, resent the digital scale, stepped back on. No change. Stepped off, reset, stepped on. No change. Stepped off, cursed a little, questioned the validity of the number, wondered about the battery life of the scale, stepped on. No change.
Walked away from the scale, paced slightly, reviewed over the previous week’s eating and exercise, walked back to the scale and gave it one more chance to rectify this situation. No freaking change.
Look, I will be honest. I think the scale is a downright dirty liar. Sitting there quietly, with its digital display mocking me.
Okay, maybe not. But it’s tough to put in the work and see no progress. It’s difficult to have your hard work questioned.
So, I went to the real test. The pants in the closet. I have a section….you know what I’m talking about. The wanna be section….I tried on a pair of summer shorts that I really loved, but have not worn for some time. And….zip, button, no problem. A little less junk in the trunk…they fit! In your face scales!
My point in this rant? Sometimes, when we are making big shifts in the way we live, the short-term results may not be reflective of your efforts towards long term change. It may seem like you are getting nowhere. But rather than buy into that, trust in yourself. Look around for another method for measuring success. Don’t let it derail you.
We have 48 days left, and no matter what the scales say this week, I know I am keeping the promise I made to myself and it feels good.
Now, click on the video and dance with me. Best workout song ever.
I feel your pain and disappointment! I’ve done the same thing recently. Besides all the work put in I thought about all the stuff I didn’t eat that I wanted to, and all the stuff that I somewhat grudgingly ate because it was better for me – and there was NO payoff! Still, I am forced to focus on how good treating myself right feels. It sneaks up on you, but every now and again the sense of well-being is such an amazing contrast to how I used to feel most days.