If you focus on results, you will never change.
If you focus on change, you will get results!
The above quote has always been a hard thing for me… we live in a results-driven society. Why the hay bales should I do something if I’m not guaranteed rapid results? And then there’s the whole matter of how much result is sufficient to spur one forward to get more results. Because hell if I know I’ve been down the road where the slowness of weight loss has gotten so disappointingly turtle-like that my sacrifices to obtain said results haven’t seemed worth the hassle. The road of least resistence has been my motto more often than I’d care to admit outloud.
I started a change-based challenge at the beginning of October. As I mentioned in my previous post about the challenge, it was meant to tackle the bad habits we get into over the years, ALL of which I had mastered. Like, if there was a bad habit award winner of the year, I’d win every dagblasted year! I’m committed and I’m persistent! The good habits we were to replace with our bad ones during the last 2 months of this challenge were the following:
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep
- No eating after 9:00 PM
- Drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
- No soda (not even diet soda)
- Keep a daily food journal
- No sugar (minus a once-a-week treat)
- Eat at least 5 vegetables and fruits per day
I mentioned in my last post, tackling all of those at once seemed like an impossibility in my world of gumdrops and candy canes dipped in Diet Dr. Pepper at midnight. But I took it on anyway, not at all confident in my abilities to actually follow through to the end. The 2 months ended yesterday (yes, the final week for weighing and picture taking was Thanksgiving week… are we serious right now!?!?!?!?), and I’m proud of myself (y’all don’t even know how much it took out of me to type that outloud)! It wasn’t easy and I wasn’t perfect, but I focussed on the change and I did get me some results. Final count after 2 months: 33 pounds, several inches (kicking myself for not taking measurements), and a partridge in a pear tree.
If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I do NOT do full length pictures… like PERIOD!! If you take a full length picture of me and you post it on some social media platform without my permission, you best enroll in the witness protection program and STAT because I’ll find you! Maybe it’s because I prefer to live in the headspace where I’m actually a svelt teeny bopper model from Greece here on vacation. Anywho, I was forced to take beginning and end pictures for this challenge, and I guess I’m glad I did because though they be subtle and you may need a magnifying glass to find them, there is a difference. I also learned that I lose from the top before the bottom… okay great… let’s spread the love people! Long story, longer, the fact that I’m posting these full length pics is like a miracle in and of itself and you should feel privileged that the world has not imploded! Yes, you should! You should also know that I will never in a billion bajillion years be posting nekked stomach pics to show how the fat blobules are decreasing… you are welcome!
The top is after 2 months, and the bottom is back at the end of September.
Onward to the next month. I’m doing a similar challenge with my sister and her friend through Christmas Eve, and then I’ll be re-signing up for the next Six Sisters Healthy Habits challenge in January. Change is good… let’s do it!
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