If you don’t have something nice to say . . .
I’m a few weeks into working out at Vertex and eating healthier and I’m feeling good. I’ve lost a few pounds; averaging about a pound or two a week (although I know not to be too worried about what the scale says because I’m gaining muscle through the strength training).
I’ve been through the weight loss process before so I know it’s not instantaneous. It took time to put the weight on and it’s definitely going to take time to get the weight off. Rational thinking like this, however, doesn’t always work for me. I want it to show right now that I’ve been really working hard. I want to fit back into the jeans I used to love to wear before my weight shot up—tonight! I want people to start noticing today that my body is changing.
I’m learning that along with will power and determination you also have to have patience when it comes to weight loss. As much as I want it to, the weight is not just going to fall off of me. I just have to keep working hard and eating right and patiently wait to see the results that I’m dying to see.
In the meantime, I’ll find solace in the little things like when a friend sent me a text message saying that she saw pictures of me on Facebook and thought my face looked like it had thinned out. So even though I’m not trying to lose weight in my face, I’ll take that compliment for now and be happy with it. Which brings me to another point—if you know a person who is working out and trying to lose weight pay them a compliment. Even if it’s just a “keep up the good work” a few kind words of encouragement can go a long way when you’re on the long road of weight loss.
If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win. — Carl Lewis