Perspective. It’s hard to maintain.
Especially, in the face of challenge.
Leading a healthy, fit life has been a constant one for me.
My daily struggle…
Say no to cookie. Think for hours about cookie. Eat a salad to keep my mind off of cookie. Lick cookie. Give cookie to dog. Eat a miniscule square of dark chocolate. Look at cookie on Pinterest. Say eff it and EAT ALL OF THE COOKIES. Consider barfing but realize that a) that’s silly and b) I don’t want to ruin the taste of that cookie. Work out extra hard in Zumba so I can celebrate with… COOKIE!
Do all of those things again the next day. And the next. And all of the others.
It’s a vicious cycle wherein my life is consumed with cookies and how I can enjoy them more frequently without having them settle about my gut where they look less cookies and more like muffins.
In the face of this adversity, it’s hard to maintain perspective.
When every day essentially ends in failure cookies it’s hard to remember that 18 months ago you couldn’t make it to the bus stop (in my defense there is a really steep hill between the stop & my house) without taking a knee. Or that you were wearing clothing in the double digits. Or that your idea of lunch was a pie and soda. Not a piece of pie, A PIE.
Or that you were officially 35lbs heavier and a whole bunch wigglier than you are right now.
Sometimes it takes a photograph to remind you that, despite the fact that you feel like you still have so very far to go, you have already come a pretty long way, and maybe, even though you’re really bad at praising yourself, you kinda deserve a cookie fist bump for this.
Like a month ago…
Side by side for better comparing, whaaaaaa?…
Hello perspective, thank you for sitting in my computer for months so I could find you!
I don’t have a goal weight. I don’t have a goal size. I don’t want to look like Beyonce (ok, everyone knows I’m lying, but I know it’s not a possibility).
My goal is to reach a healthy body composition that allows me to lead the active life I enjoy.
I don’t want to huff and puff my way to the bus stop. I don’t want to feel uncomfortable in my clothing. I don’t want my 6 year old to beat me in a foot race. I have longer legs, I should win.
I went to Medifast a couple of weeks ago to see if their program could help me continue to work towards this goal. I’m basically an expert now…
5 Things You Should Know About How Medifast Works
1. The body composition profile they do is worth the trip. It gives you real information about your body that is more useful than just a number on a scale. For example, I discovered that I am more in shape now than I have been since like t-ball, 1986! I weigh what I weigh (162 when I arrived), because I have a way more muscle mass than the average lady. Which is basically just the sciency version of WLECOME TO THE GUN SHOW.
2. You eat real food. Medifast food and regular food. Many still have the misconception that Medifast is about drinking shakes and taking supplements. Nope. There are things to chew! And, on the Jump Start 5 in 1 plan, you get to eat a healthy meal with meat and veggies everyday too.
3. They provide counseling. They want you to lose weight and achieve your goals quickly, but they also want to help you do so healthily, and in a way that you will be able to maintain. It’s a lifestyle change and you don’t change your life forever just because you go to a weight management center for a few months. They know that. The Medifast lifestyle modification counselors help you get there.
4. You can do it online! If getting to a center every week seems unlikely, try Medifast Direct, the online program. And be sure to join their online community for support!
5. It. Will. Be. HARD. I don’t think people always get their minds right for this kind of hard. It will require dedication, perseverance, support, and mind control. Like a jedi. It won’t be fast (although you will see progress immediately if you follow the program correctly, I’ve lost 4lbs in less than 2 weeks). You will need your kids to stop shoving Cheez-Its in your mouth. And, you will have to ditch all of your reasons-why-I-can’t-lose-weight excuses (aside from medical ones, those you should see your doc about) once and for all.
If you have local homegirls who want to take the journey with you, I encourage you to get yourself a group together. Share recipes. Take the jogging strollers to the park, walk until your kids fall asleep, and then walk some more. When you hear the cookies calling to you from the pantry (or the wine, you can’t drink a lot of wine and lose weight; also, they should invent a wine diet), call each other instead.
If you live in the Frederick, Maryland area, then you’ve got me! And Medifast Frederick if you want. Come to the center next week and meet-up with me. We can chat about cookies weight loss, and kids, and blogging, and why your husband can’t seem to put the trash out, even though it’s his ONE CHORE, and it’s EVERY TUESDAY FOR ALWAYS. Even if Medifast isn’t for you, we can be buds. And take selfies together while our kids color on the wall in the center’s bathroom (kidding, Medifast, we’ll leave our crayons at home).
*I have received complimentary Medifast meals in order to review their program. All opinions are my own. Also, you should probably talk to your doctor before you start any kind of weight loss plan or exercise routine that is going to lead to a significant body change. I am no doctor, clearly.