Today marks the one year anniversary of starting this whole journey! It’s bizarre to think about on a number of levels. First, it does not feel like that much time has passed at all. Habits that used to take a ton of effort and planning to make happen, and the struggles I faced last year are now second nature. I’m now facing a lot of new challenges including how I will approach maintenance when I get there, and how to keep positive self-talk going even when I need to track really closely and be on top of my game all the time to get results.
Results have definitely been slower than I anticipated them being, sitting around 1lb per week sometimes less. At first that was incredibly frustrating for me, but as time goes on I’m more and more thankful for the time I’ve had to take. I’ve learned how to better navigate obstacles, and now have a better understanding of how certain foods affect my body, and what sort of foods (and how much of them!) I need to eat to really be at my maximum capacity.
I’ve learned over and over again that a few bad days isn’t a failure, it’s an opportunity to re-evaluate and carry on stronger and better prepared than I was previously. I’ve had the opportunity to feel like nothing has changed and look back and progress photos, and my gym logs and see how much smaller, stronger, and faster I am. I’ve watched my endurance grow.
If not for slow progress I likely would have met my goals and resumed my old habits. I’d be back to square one instead of wiser and closer to where I want to be.
What unusual thing are you thankful for this week?