Success & Roadblocks

First Things First

At just over one month into this process, I’m down 25 pounds and I feel great! I’m getting into a groove… and by groove I mean routine. While my plan is for this routine becoming a way of life, I need to make sure it doesn’t cause me to become complacent.  Eating much better and exercising is transforming the way I feel and the focus I have. It’s pretty cool. I have more energy than before and I feel as if I’m in a better mood more often. However, it appears as if I’ve hit my first obstacle.

Plateau

I knew it would happen, but I expected that I would have lost a lot more weight than I have before it did. I have diligently been tracking my food and calories and I have gone to the gym 5 or 6 times a week for the past 5 weeks. Despite doing these things, today I found myself weighing the same as I did this time last week. This is where I find the need to look beyond the number on the scale to find value in the things that I’m doing. I need to add more metrics to this process.

Warmed Up

Up until now the work I’ve been doing has merely been getting me prepared physically and mentally to actually be able to work out effectively. A month ago I was at a point where I didn’t feel like I could participate in physical activities with my kids. I no longer feel that way. I’ve done enough now to be able to learn about different types of exercise and be able to try them with no fear of gassing out before being able to get their full benefit.

Taking the Next Step

Noticing that your body will tell you that it’s ready for more is strange. After leaving the gym feeling completely spent for several weeks, now I feel like I could give more, lift heavier, run faster and try harder. Understanding that this is a process I know very little about felt daunting at first, but now it’s liberating. There are so many things to try. So many ways to achieve the goals I’ve set… All of which are good for me and much better than what I was doing before. There is literally no downside to trying any or all of them.

But the best part is realizing how much potential I am giving myself the chance to tap into. Plateau or not, I know I’m doing the right things to get to where I want to be and I can’t wait to see where this goes.

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