the biting truth


Monday, April 27, 2009

un-measurable success

The scales should not define victory. So why do I care so much? Why do I look to the scales to tell me "how well I did" this week? All the energy, all the effort, all the sweat cannot be measured on the scales.

After my week on the healthy train, I lost about 2.5 pounds. It is a good weightloss. And yet, it is hard to not be disappointed. I feel like after all the effort I have put forth this week, I should have lost at least ten pounds. OK, fine, at least five.

{But, I didn't weigh in last week [didn't feel like facing a gain] so, it is possible I did loose more, but it didn't show up. }

Who cares. I lost 2.5 pounds. OH yeah, I also "went" 35.5 miles total last week. That is really a success right there!! This fat girl rode and walked a total of 35.5 miles. I think that's just darn incredible.

And, unmeasurable success? Well, that is how I feel inside about living healthy. I feel good. My life is turning in this arc of health and I look towards my future with optimism and hope.


Amy said...

And one thing to keep in mind is that you are probaly gaining muscle from exercising. So don't let it disappoint you.

I am proud of you, and I am going to start working with a trainer 2 times a week and working out more.

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. So it will take that long to have the habit of eating healthy and working out.

Alicia said...

That's great! You have a loss...that is what you are looking for! I hear if you lose it fast it's easy for it to come back so you do want to lose it slow...and hopefully it will NEVER come back! I am proud of you...especially the 35.5 miles in one week!!!!!

Serenity said...

Great Job Jellybean!Look at it this way...better to have lost 2.5 pounds then have gained 2.5 pounds!! I am rooting for you all the way!

One Anxious Mommy said...

So glad to hear you are feeling great on the inside!!

Aunt of 14 said...

Holy Moly, 35.5 miles on a bike!!!! THAT is how you should measure your success. Weight scales are absolutely banned from my house. Too much hurt feelings. Go by what you have accomplished, how far you've gone... and maybe how your clothes fit? I am SO happy for you! :)

Lynne said...

Congratulations on your loss and for your mileage! I think that is awesome!

Tinika said...

Woo Hoo! 35.5 miles! That is awesome! You go on with your bad self sister! Ahem.

Seriously, that is awesome. I am very happy for you!

Serenity said...

Something for you on my blog :o)

The Masked Mommy said...

Yay! I weight myself about 3 times a day, because if I don't, I just avoid getting on altogether. I keep the scale right in the middle of my kitchen floor. I have to step over it to get to the pantry. Seriously. It's the only way for me.