I was working out this morning ... cardio and abs day. After my cardio, I looked in the mirror in the gym and realized just how far I've come since last March. I know I have a long way to go but to look, and really see, the progress that I've made ... I found it rather overwhelming.
Because I've never stuck with anything (other than my marriage) for that long. I've tried and failed so many times ... I let others influence me. I've let others' lack of support and encouragement deter me from reaching my goals. It's been tough. The first 5 months, I didn't feel like I was making much progress. But I kept bouncing around, trying to find something that would stick, that would erase these pounds.
Once I stuck with one program, rather than trying to merge a couple of them and changing every few weeks, I gave it a chance to work. And yes, it was the Body for Life program. I was beginning to lose faith; in myself, in the program; in my ability to EVER get rid of this fat.
But I did stick with it. And now I'm seeing the results. I got into a shirt yesterday (a former co-worker called it geometrically disturbing) that looked ok. A little better than ok actually but I'm still not ready to wear it. As long as I'm standing it's ok but I knew I'd be sitting and that just shows off all the rolls and I really didn't want to promote that any more than necessary.
I haven't taken my measurements in such a long time. But my friends at work are really noticing and commenting. And that just encourages me more to stick with it ... I've come so far, to quit now would be stupid.
Bill Phillips talks a lot about honouring self-promises. And how by not honouring them, you break down your self-trust. And start to doubt yourself. You lose faith in yourself. But it's amazing how your life changes when you make up your mind to accomplish something and stick with it.
So if there's something you want to do, make a plan, stick with it, and if you need any encouragement, without any recriminations, I'm here for you. Because I know what it's like...