Baby Steps Towards Weight Loss

Two weeks ago I stepped on the scale and realized I weight almost a thousand pounds. Yes, I admit that is an exaggeration but since the number on the scale was higher than I have seen it (other than when I was pregnant) since I originally lost all my weight all those years ago, I was freaked out.

weight-scaleThe good news is that I am a goal-oriented person and I immediately set a goal to take control of my eating, add some extra cardio and weight sessions and lose the weight. And I have done just that. I have stayed consistent with my eating, cutting out the trigger foods that cause me to over eat and have really not eaten anything that was not just plain nutritious.

But even though I implemented these new habits, I beat myself up for several more days. Each morning when I woke up I would be reminded of how much weight I had gained. Every time I put on my clothes or took them off to take a shower I would notice the weight and give myself a hard time for it.

As a fitness writer and someone who is constantly encouraging others to be nice to themselves I am lucky because I recognize this behavior in myself. It might take a couple of days but I do recognize it and I can work hard on stopping it. So, that is what I have done. I have nipped that negativity in the bud.

As a reward from the fairies of weight loss I stepped on the scale this week, a week and a half after my initial weigh-in, I have lost a little more than two pounds. That doesn’t make me skinny, it doesn’t even come close to hitting my target goal but that is okay. I am working on it and in a couple of months I will have dropped that weight. I just keep reminding myself that I did not put it on over night and it won’t be leaving over night either.

Have you been nice to yourself this week? Have you worked on quieting the voices that cause you harm?

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About Ann Brennan

Ann Brennan is first and foremost a mom of three beautiful children. She is the managing editor of Beyond Limits Magazine and the creator of Ann’s Running Commentary. In 2012, Ann took Ann’s Running Commentary to new levels – first with a segment on the RunRunLive Podcast, chronicling her journey to her first Ironman and second, with a new channel on YouTube. Currently Ann is working on a non-fiction book series and working hard every day to remind people to get up, get active and get out there.
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3 Responses to Baby Steps Towards Weight Loss

  1. MILF Runner says:

    Great post! Not just saying that. I need to work on this very thing.

  2. Ann Brennan says:

    Thanks. I think sharing when it is such a personal feeling is hard but I seldom do it without at least one person saying, “That’s how I feel.” Hope this helps you move in the right direction. I think I will have to keep reminding myself. Wish the jeans would fit a little better because they seem to be my “beat up Ann” trigger.

  3. Thanks Ann, I am also, constantly beating myself up. I can be really proud of myself, my efforts at being healthy and then get on the scale and throw all that positive energy out the window. I appreciate hearing that others do the same and that I shouldn’t allow it to happen!

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